Jeremy Lin Wasn’t a Fan of Chris Rock’s Joke About Asians at the Oscars

Feb 28, 2016; Hollywood, CA, USA; Chris Rock presents a comedy bit about the accounting tabulation for Academy voting during the 88th annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY
Feb 28, 2016; Hollywood, CA, USA; Chris Rock presents a comedy bit about the accounting tabulation for Academy voting during the 88th annual Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY

Host Chris Rock walked a fine line trying to highlight the lack of diversity within this year’s Oscar nominees on Sunday night but one joke went too far for the Charlotte Hornets’ Jeremy Lin.

Halfway through the show, Rock brought three young Asian kids onto the stage as accountants for PricewaterhouseCoopers.

“They sent us their most dedicated, accurate and hard working representatives. Please welcome Ming Zhu, Bao Ling and David Moskowitz,” Rock joked.

After the camera cut away, Rock joked again, “If anybody’s upset about that joke, just tweet about it on your phone that was probably also made by these kids.”

Lin, who is Chinese-American, was not happy.

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Rock’s joke played on the stereotype of Asians being hard working and smart and it also poked fun at child labor laws. That’s a dicey combination. Lin rightly took offense at being undermined during a broadcast that was all about highlighting racial inequality.

SOURCE: For the Win – Hemal Jhaveri