The Will Smith Slap Wasn't Chris Rock's First Oscars Controversy

It was controversy, not Will Smith, that hit Chris Rock when he hosted the 2016 Oscars. Throughout his opening monologue, the comic spoke about Black Lives Matter and referred to as out the award present for its lack of racial variety. However Rock was slammed a short while later for utilizing Asian stereotypes and joking about little one labor — which, let’s face it, is about as humorous as human trafficking.

“The outcomes of tonight’s Academy Awards have been tabulated by the accounting agency of PricewaterhouseCoopers,” Rock introduced (by way of USA As we speak). “They despatched us their most devoted, correct, and hard-working representatives,” he continued earlier than drawing on the typecast of Asians being exceptionally good at math. “So I would like you to please welcome Ming Zhu, Bao Ling, and David Moscowitz,” Rock mentioned as three Asian children walked onstage, clad in fits and carrying the well-known outcomes briefcases.

“Now, if anyone’s upset about that joke, simply tweet about it in your telephone that was additionally made by these children,” Rock concluded, rapidly making it onto the record of essentially the most disastrous Oscars moments ever. Viewers adopted his recommendation and took to Twitter in droves. NBC Information reported that, amongst different complaints, Rock was accused of hypocrisy for discussing the shortage of variety after which joking about Asians, one of the underrepresented races within the trade. Sarcastically, Pacific Islanders and Asian Individuals are additionally usually forged in stereotypical roles, Bloomberg realized from a examine.