[Ed. – I confess, I didn’t watch the Oscars. But I can believe the jokes bit in an ugly way. The Oscars have had ugly “jokes” about the unprotected demographic groups for years. You can’t make jokes about women, blacks, Hispanics, Muslims; but you can dump all over white men, Christians, Jews, and apparently Asians. It seems the option of just being funny without mentioning ethnicity, gender, or faith doesn’t occur to anyone anymore. Emphasis original.]
Twenty-five members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences who are of Asian descent — among them two-time best director Oscar winner Ang Lee and former members of the board of governors Arthur Dong, Don Hall and Freida Lee Mock— have sent a letter to the organization protesting “tasteless and offensive skits” about Asians that were featured on the 88th Academy Awards on Feb. 28, the same ceremony at which the Academy’s alleged bias against blacks was a primary focus of host Chris Rock.
The Oscar-night references to Asians that have members of the Asian community most upset: a skit in which Rock introduced three Asian children as Academy accountants, and comments ad-libbed by presenter Sacha Baron Cohen that insinuated that Asians have small genitalia. …
The letter’s signatories are Oscar winners Lee (directors branch), Mock, Steven Okazaki, Ruby Yang, Jessica Yu (documentary branch) and Chris Tashima (shorts and feature animation branch); Oscar nominees Dong,Christine Choy, Rithy Panh and Renee Tajima-Pena (documentary branch); and Nancy Kwan, Peter Kwong,Jodi Long, France Nuyen, Sandra Oh, George Takei (actors branch), Yung Chang (documentary branch),Marcus Hu, Teddy Zee (executives), Maysie Hoy, William Hoy (film editors branch), Janet Yang (producers branch), Laura Kim, David Magdael (public relations branch) and Hall (sound branch).