People Aren’t Happy With Chris Rock’s Asian Joke At The Academy Awards

Both Chris Rock and Sacha Baron Cohen have come under fire for their jokes.

1. During last night’s Oscars ceremony, Chris Rock brought three Asian-American children onstage, introducing them as “PricewaterhouseCoopers accountants.”

2. The joke alluded to the stereotype of Asian people being good at math. Rock followed with a joke about child labor: “If anybody’s upset about that joke just tweet about it on your phone, which was also made by these kids.”

3. Many Twitter users expressed their distaste at Rock’s joke, citing his previous pledge to make this year’s Oscars ceremony about diversity.

Joking about Asian stereotypes and child slave labor didn't garner a laugh from me @chrisrock #Oscars #DoBetter

— Eliel Cruz (@elielcruz)

Umm, no @chrisrock. Using little Asian kids to joke about math stereotypes and child labor isn't funny.

— Grace Hwang Lynch (@HapaMamaGrace)

8. Others used the joke to point out the continued lack of representation of Asian nominees.

How unnecessary to make fun of Asians on the #Oscars when Hollywood isn't even evolved enough to give Asians Asian-specific roles yet.

— Jen Chae (@frmheadtotoe)

Asian men have won acting #Oscars 3 times: Yul Brynner in 1956, Ben Kingsley in 1982, & Haing Ngor in 1984, beating Mr. Miyagi

— Jada Yuan (@jadabird)

Now that Leo is no longer "overdue," can we make a meme or a stink about an Asian Best Actress winner? 88 years and counting... #Oscars

— Steven Cuevas (@StevenMCuevas)

11. There has also been backlash against Sacha Baron Cohen and a joke he made about Asian people.

Ali G's little yellow people joke

— CJ Fogler (@cjzero)

.@chrisrock's asian kids gag, sacha baron cohen's "yellow people/tiny dongs" quip prove #Oscars' barely-concealed disdain for diversity push

— Wilfred Chan (@wilfredchan)

Yes, Sacha Baron Cohen made a joke about Asian dicks. This show is a burning pile of trash. #Oscars

— Angry Asian Man (@angryasianman)

Sacha Baron Cohen making a joke referencing his white privilege & Asian men having small genitals. Who thought this was a good idea? #Oscars

— Tenzin དཔལ་སྐྱིད (@TenzinPelkyi)

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