Twenty-five members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences who are of Asian descent — among them two-time best director Oscar winner Ang Lee — have sent a letter to the organization protesting “tasteless and offensive skits” about Asians that were part of the 88th Academy Awards on Feb. 28, including one joke from host Chris Rock.

The jokes were made during a ceremony at which #oscarssowhite and the lack of African American acting nominees dominated Rock’s comedic material.

The jokes that have members of the Asian community most upset: a skit in which Rock introduced three Asian children as Academy accountants, and comments ad-libbed by presenter Sacha Baron Cohen that insinuated Asians have small genitalia, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The letter was delivered to the Academy ahead of Tuesday’s monthly Board of Governors meeting. It was addressed specifically to Board of Governors president Cheryl Boone Isaacs, CEO Dawn Hudson and Oscar producers Reginald Hudlin and David Hill. It references several articles that criticized the Academy’s jokes about Asians, and asks for “concrete steps” to “preclude such unconscious or outright bias and racism toward any group in future Oscars telecasts.”

The letter’s signatories are Oscar winners Lee (directors branch), Mock, Steven Okazaki, Ruby Yang, Jessica Yu (documentary branch) and Chris Tashima (shorts and feature animation branch); Oscar nominees Dong, Christine Choy, Rithy Panh and Renee Tajima-Pena (documentary branch); and Nancy Kwan, Peter Kwong, Jodi Long, France Nuyen, Sandra Oh, George Takei (actors branch), Yung Chang, (documentary branch), Marcus Hu, Teddy Zee (executives), Maysie Hoy, William Hoy (film editors branch), Janet Yang (producers branch), Laura Kim, David Magdael (public relations branch) and Hall (sound branch).

Magdael told The Hollywood Reporter, “When that skit came up in the middle of the Oscars, we all went like, ‘What?’ There was a collective, ‘That didn’t just happen.’ We found a lot of people who said, ‘We’re not going to accept this sort of joke anymore,’ especially right after Cheryl Boone Isaacs gave that speech about diversity.”

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16 thoughts on “25 Academy Members Protest Chris Rock’s Asian Jokes During Oscars

  1. Timothy Green on said:

    LOL, as was said by Jhuf, liberal progressive bullshit come full circle, its ok at “us” to be offended alot of times over petty dumbsit, but then we wanna tell others when theyre not allowed to be offended… Cant have it both ways folks, if they were offended by it they were offended by it dont try disregarding how they feel about what was said because “chris rock offended everyone equally”

  2. If an Asian had gone on national tv and joked about blacks having a lack of intelligence (small brains) and an abundance of pipe, (Mandingo dicks) we’d still be recovering from the fallout. Well….about the brain part anyway.

    • Amber on said:

      Well Chris talked about blacks and some blacks came at him? So what is your point? Chris was not without making some black upset with some of jokes. So if it was an Asian hosting like CHris, that mean the Asian would have offended even his own people with the skit of the Asain kids while offending blacks.

  3. Liberal Progressive Political Correctness coming full circle, I say next year have an Asian emcee telling black jokes here’s a Chris Rock style example
    {what did the pregnant black lady get after her abortion?…a $500 dollar check from Crime Stoppers } just remember if you don’t want it said, don’t say it

    • Amber on said:

      And if an Asian do what CHris did, that Asian would offend blacks as well as his own race of people. Chris talked about EVERYONE and that is the point you all seem to be forgetting. Even some blacks were upset with Chris. So do not act like CHris limited his “jokes” to one group. THis would be no different as you put it if an Asian guy who was a comic and can deliver like CHris would have done the same thing.

  4. October 1 on said:

    Still doesn’t give you the right to disrespect. If an Asian had made a derogatory remark about an AA, they would have been protest, screaming and hollering. .

    • Amber on said:

      Like I said, Chris talked about everyone that night. Some were upset about the joke of blacks being raped and hanged. So again, Chris let out NOTHING. he went after the Oscars but he also went after blacks and others.

    • Amber on said:

      well, did Asians get upset because blacks did not get nominated? No. So why should be blacks be upset because jokes were told about them just like jokes were also told about blacks?

  5. Linda D Bryant on said:

    The Academy members saw nothing wrong with the EXCLUSION of folks of color as nominees for best actor/actress/director/producer-yet these folks zero in on some damn alleged asian joke that
    emcee Chris Rock told.

    F–k the Asians!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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