Chris Rock was the host of the recently held Oscars which was controversial enough due to the mostly male white nominees, but that did not stop him from adding fuel to the fire.
After making fun of Will and Jada Smith over boycotting the Oscars and mocking the #OscarsSoWhite issue in general, Chris Rock stepped on the toes of other races as well when he made jokes about Asians.
During the show he speculated why the furor over diversity in the industry had taken root this year, rather than in the 1950s or 1960s. Rock said black Americans had bigger issues to worry about then.
‘Because we had real things to protest at the time. We were too busy being raped and lynched to care about who won best cinematographer.’
‘When your grandmother is swinging from a tree, it’s really hard to care about best documentary foreign short.’
Viewers criticized his decision on Twitter, saying the comedian shouldn’t have used lynching in a light-hearted reference and could have been more ‘responsible’ with his analogy.
Then, later in his performance, Rock – who began by welcoming people to the ‘white People’s Choice awards’ – said: ‘The results of the awards have been tabulated by the accountant firm PricewaterhouseCoopers.
‘They sent us their most dedicated, accurate and hard working representatives. Please welcome Ming Zhu, Bao Ling and David Moskowitz.’
He then went further to stoke the flame.
He continued: ‘If anybody’s upset about that joke, just tweet about it on your phone that was also made by these kids.’