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Jeremy Lin

Jeremy Lin says he’s ‘tired of it being cool’ to bash Asians as he slams Oscars host Chris Rock

NBA star not amused by jokes during Hollywood awards ceremony

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 01 March, 2016, 11:05am
UPDATED : Friday, 29 April, 2016, 10:57am

Basketball star Jeremy Lin slammed Oscars host Chris Rock for jokes he made about Asians during the broadcast of the awards.

Host Rock laid into Hollywood throughout for its lack of diversity, but many pointed out that that didn’t stop him from making jokes about Asians.

In one segment, he brought three Asian children on stage, pretending they were “bankers” from PriceWaterhouseCoopers, combining two common stereotypes – that Asians are ‘good at maths’ and that child labour is rife in the continent.

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

“If anybody’s upset about that joke, just tweet about it on your phone that was also made by these kids,” Rock added.

And Lin, who plays for Charlotte Hornets, was clearly not amused.

“Seriously though, when is this going to change?!?,” tweeted the first American of Chinese or Taiwanese descent to play in the NBA as he linked to a Washington Post article about the controversy.

“Tired of it being “cool” and “ok” to bash Asians smh [shaking my head].”

The all-white list of acting nominees led to widespread criticism in the weeks leading up to Sunday night’s show and to the hashtag movement OscarsSoWhite.

Mee Moua, president and executive director of the Washington-based Asian Americans Advancing Justice, said in a statement Monday that the show was a setback for diversity.

“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,” she said.

Additional reporting: Associated Press