Last Sunday, I watched the Oscars, fully expecting Chris Rock to completely slaughter the Academy for its lack of non-white acting nominees and criticize Hollywood as a whole for its low-key but pervasive racism. (His joke comparing Hollywood to sororities was hilarious. “We like you, Rhonda, but you’re not a Kappa.”)
At first, I thought he was doing a solid job. Then he brought three Asian kids onstage and my heart sank.
If you didn’t get to see the Academy Awards last week, Rock brought out these three Asian kids and introduced them as the accountants who had tabulated all the votes for the ceremony. (You can see the video embedded here). Oh, yet another “Asians are good at math” joke! Wow, so original.
Then, to make it even worse, he finished with this: “If anybody’s upset about that joke, just tweet about it on your phone that was also made by these kids.”
Seriously? Where do I even begin?