Jeremy Lin called out Chris Rock on Monday for his joke about Asian stereotypes, one the Oscars host made while preaching diversity at the Academy Awards.
Rock told the crowd Sunday night: “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.”
Then, three Asian children with briefcases took the stage. Rock added, “Now if anybody’s upset about that joke, just tweet about it on your phone that was also made by these kids.”
The former Knick and current Hornets guard, whose parents migrated to the United States from Taiwan in the mid-1970s, tweeted to his 1.52 million followers: “Seriously though, when is this going to change?!? Tired of it being ‘cool’ and ‘ok’ to bash Asians smh #Oscars”
After practice Tuesday, Lin admitted that he has “no issues” with Rock and thought the host’s “monologue was well done,” but said his tweet was a way “to stand up for Asians.”
“I just feel like sometimes the way people perceive Asians or Asian-Americans today can be disappointing in the way they view them,” Lin said. “Even Asian-American masculinity or whatever you want to talk about, just a lot of the ways that Asians are perceived I don’t always agree with.”
In 2012, Lin was forgiving when an ESPN staffer wrote a racially insensitive headline about the basketball phenomenon. The editor was fired but Lin invited him out to lunch, believing the man had made an honest mistake.
However, Rock’s skit — which received backlash — was purposely done and during a show the host seemed to devote to discussing Hollywood’s race problem.
Lin said he’s noticed that in Hollywood, Asian men and women constantly seem to be cast in similar roles.
“I feel like we are just so much more broad than that,” Lin said on Tuesday. “What you see on TV, that is so influential. Perception is reality and that’s the truth it today’s day and age where it such a digital and technological age.
“So if we can start branching out a little bit or at least showing that we are different than what other people think we are, maybe we can start to break down some of those walls.”