After weeks of talks, The Academy Awards has now jumped in to address an issue that surrounded this year’s Oscars. In part of his hosting dialogue Chris Rock made a joke about accountants being Asian kids; which he brought out during the show. Well after things were over a few people from the asian community voiced their concern about the jokes and demanded things to be addressed. So as a response The Academy has now penned a letter to apologize for their poor judgement.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences are apologizing for derogatory jokes made about Asians at the 88th annual Oscars ceremony held last month. After prominent Academy members — including George Takei, Sandra Oh and Ang Lee — penned a letter to express their disappointment, the organization issued an apology on Tuesday, March 15. One of the skits involved host Chris Rock bringing out three Asian children dressed as accountants and making wisecracks about child labor. Presenter Sacha Baron Cohen also quipped on stage: “How come there’s no Oscar for them very hard-working, little yellow people with tiny dongs? You know, the Minions.” “The Academy appreciates the concerns stated, and regrets that any aspect of the Oscar telecast was offensive,” the group’s statement said. “We are committed to doing our best to ensure that material in future shows be more culturally sensitive.”