Oscar host Chris Rock is getting some heat for introducing three Asian children as representatives from the accounting firm PriceWaterhouseCoopers.
Basketball star Jeremy Lin slammed Rock for promoting an Asian stereotype. He tweeted:
Rock introduced the three children, who were dressed in tuxedos and carrying briefcases by saying: “They sent us their most dedicated, accurate and hard-working representatives. Please welcome Ming Zhu, Bao Ling and David Moskowitz."
The theme of Sunday’s Oscars was to focus on diversifying the Academy but the joke fell flat.
Afterwards, Rock said: “If anybody’s upset about that joke, just tweet about it on your phone that was also made by these kids."
Mee Moua, the head of Asian Americans Advancing Justice, said in a statement obtained by BBC on Monday: "Last night's ceremony, and particularly the 'joke' involving Asian children, which played off more than one damaging stereotype of Asians and Asian Americans, exposed one of the failings of how we talk about race in America: race relations are not a black-white binary.”