Charlotte Hornet point guard Jeremy Lin has spoken out against comedian Chris Rock for promoting Asian stereotypes during his time as host of this year’s Academy Awards. Lin, who made his statement Monday [February 29], sought to point out hypocrisy of someone speaking in support of diversity and equality, while making fun of another group of minorities. Lin took to the universal platform to air out all grievances of the 21st century aka Twitter to express his frustration.
— Jeremy Lin (@JLin7) February 29, 2016
The moment that Lin is referring two came when Rock told the crowd:
“As always, the results of tonight’s Academy Awards have been tabulated by the accounting firm of PricewaterhouseCoopers. They sent us their most dedicated, accurate, and hard-working representatives. I want you to please welcome Ming Zhu, Bao Ling, and David Moskowitz.”
The punch line that followed was a group of three Asian children with briefcases walking to center stage to meet Rock. To lighten the mood, Rock added:
“Now if anybody’s upset about this joke, just tweet about it on your phone that was also made by these kids”
Still, he clearly managed to ruffle some feathers and piss some people off.
This isn’t the first time Lin has spoken out about insensitivity toward his race in the media. In 2012, Lin took a stand against an ESPN staffer who wrote a racially inappropriate headline about the ridiculously successful Lin had that season (widely known as Linsanity). There is no word from Rock or his team in regards to this remark. It is sais that Rock’s words were chosen carefully and his skits were designed to cross the line racially due to the current discussion of race in Hollywood.