2016 Oscars has been a disaster in terms of racial equality. Everyone acknowledged the fact that the awards this year were only given to white people! The black community revolted against this racism and everyone heard their voice. The academy is bound to acknowledge them in the years to come but still the 2016 Oscars was racist against Asians.
However while people like Chris Rock were making the existence of their community known, other minorities were being ignored and even made fun of! Christ Rock himself made a very racist joke against Asian community that made everybody aware that Oscars was racist against Asians. He called on to the stage three “accurate and hard-working accountants” that calculated the votes and result and their names were “Ming Zhu, Bao Ling and David Moskowitz” and they were three Asian children.
Knowing how racist his joke was, Chris Rock continued saying “Now if anyone’s upset about this, just tweet about it on your phone, which was also made by these kids”. His joke was not only terribly racist but it was also making fun of child-labour. As a person standing in the name of a minority group his racism was certainly not well-recieved by anyone.
Even the kids were embarrassed for him!
Later in the night Sacha Baron Cohen stepped on to the stage and during his Best Picture nominee speech made another very offensive Asian joke.
He started off by saying that the hard work of minorities are being overlooked in Hollywood. And continued saying “there is no Oscar for them very hard-working little yellow people with tiny dongs?” and just when everyone thought he was making fun of the Asian stereotype, he concluded; “You know — the Minions.”
Sacha Baron Cohen later said that he was a bit concerned about the joke but when he ran into Chris Rock in the bathroom, Rock gave him a thumbs up and so he decided to go on with the joke.
At a year when the racist standing of the Oscars and Hollywood was being criticised, and everyone was talking about #OscarsSoWhite, such racist jokes certainly made them look ignorant and showed us that Oscars was racist against Asians.