Jeremy Lin Was Not Happy With Chris Rock's Asian Joke At The Oscars, Because I Guess Asians Hate Praise?
Washington Post- There was a lack of diversity in the lack of diversity. This became most apparent when Rock brought three Asian children to the stage, posing as “bankers” from finance firm PricewaterhouseCoopers.
“They sent us their most dedicated, accurate and hard working representatives,” he said. “Please welcome Ming Zhu, Bao Ling and David Moskowitz.”
Chris Rock presents children representing “accountants from PricewaterhouseCoopers.”
“If anybody’s upset about that joke, just tweet about it on your phone that was also made by these kids,” he continued.
Chris Rock, how could you!? This was supposed to be a night that brought awareness to the lack of good jobs that African Americans receive in the entertainment industry, and you had the gall to trivialize the Asian community by poking fun at the wealth of good jobs they receive in the finance industry? What have the poor orientals ever done to you? Ya know, other than hoard all the money that comes with the success that they are so adept at achieving in this country.
It must be really tough for Asian people to deal with discrimination. Just look at Jeremy Lin. He's basically had to climb the Great Wall of China to get where he is in his career. A career that is unorthodox for someone of his nationality, and a career that hasn't at all been enhanced by the fact that his status as an Asian American makes him a novelty in the NBA. We would all totally know who Jeremy Lin is and totally care what he thinks about a joke made during an overhyped, underwhelming award show if he was just a black dude that was super good at basketball for approximately two weeks. We need to stop bashing people through the frivolous use of complimentary stereotypes that praise a demographic of society for their collective accomplishments. It's extremely divisive, and quite frankly, it's just not cool. That's why I won't even make mention of Jeremy Lin doing exactly what Chris Rock told him to do by tweeting about his agitation, because it's not right to pigeonhole Asian people as good listeners either. In fact, it's pretty much the same thing as marginalizing the achievements of black people in motion pictures. By a show of hands, who agrees with me?