Critics say Oscars mocked Asians and left out Latinos, Native Americans

NEW YORK -- As Felix Sanchez watched the Academy Awards ceremony, he kept wondering when all the talk of diversity from host Chris Rock and others would itself become more diverse.

See Full Article

"I was shocked that Latinos and Asians and Native Americans were not a part of this conversation," says Sanchez, chairman and co-founder of the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts, based in Washington, D.C.

"They have this idea that the paradigm is still black-white and they need to expand the conversation. That it was so narrow is indefensible."

The all-white list of acting nominees led to widespread criticism in the weeks leading up to Sunday night's show and to the hashtag movement OscarsSoWhite. Rock was praised for introducing an unusual level of candour about race to the telecast, but his comments were almost exclusively about blacks, and the show overall made only brief references to other minorities.

In one segment, three Asian children carrying briefcases walked out on stage and were introduced as PricewaterhouseCoopers accountants, an apparent reference to Asians being good at math.

"If anybody's upset about that joke, just tweet about it on your phone, which was also made by these kids," Rock said.

Mee Moua, president and executive director of the Washington-based Asian Americans Advancing Justice, said in a statement Monday that the show was a setback for diversity.

"Last night's ceremony, and particularly the 'joke' involving Asian children, which played off more than one damaging stereotype of Asians and Asian Americans, exposed one of the failings of how we talk about race in America: race relations are not a black-white binary," she said.

"It is to all of our detriment to look at race narrowly. We need to work together to dismantle the systems that devalue the experiences of minority groups so we can see the tales of the diversity that have shaped our nation reflected accurately.

A publicist for Rock, Leslie Sloane, said Monday that he was unavailable for comment. And the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Sanchez said that he watched closely to see if any attendees were wearing brown ribbons, which Eva Longoria and others had suggested as a protest against the absence of Hispanics.

"I didn't see one person wearing the brown ribbon," he said.

Some at the Oscars did make broader calls for diversity. "The Revenant" filmmaker Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, in his acceptance speech, urged "our generation to really liberate ourselves from all prejudice and ... make sure for once and forever that the colour of the skin becomes as irrelevant as the length of our hair."



Advertisements

Latest Entertainment News

  • Bill Cosby plans tour to educate youth on misbehaviour, spokesman says

    Entertainment CTV News
    LOS ANGELES -- Bill Cosby will organize a series of town hall meetings to help educate young people about problems their misbehaviour could create, a spokesman for Cosby said Thursday. Cosby is eager to get back to work following a deadlocked jury and mistrial in his sexual assault trial, spokesman Andrew Wyatt told Birmingham, Alabama, TV station WBRC. Source
  • Spice Girls star Geri Horner prayed to God for miracle baby

    Entertainment Toronto Sun
    Singer Geri Horner fell pregnant two months after praying she would conceive naturally. The former Spice Girls star struggled to conceive for a second time, and now reveals her son was a "gift". "I really wanted to have another baby and I'm older now, and you think, 'Oh, is that possible?'," the 44-year-old tells The Sun. Source
  • George Orwell's son says '1984' was 'prescient'

    Entertainment CTV News
    NEW YORK -- The audience at the opening night on Broadway of a new stage adaptation of George Orwell's dystopian fantasy "1984" will include a special guest -- the author's son. Richard Blair, whose father finished the book in 1949 when he was a young boy, was in New York on Thursday to cheer on the cast amid a huge jump in interest of his father's nightmarish vison of the future. Source
  • U2 at Toronto’s Rogers Centre: Four things to expect [Photos]

    Entertainment Toronto Sun
    U2 is one of rock’s biggest acts. But when they touch down at Rogers Centre Friday night, they’ll do something they haven’t done in 30 years – play their classic Joshua Tree LP from front to back. Source
  • Bill Cosby planning motivational speaking tour

    Entertainment Toronto Sun
    Bill Cosby is about to embark on a new career. The fallen funnyman - whose sex assault trial recently ended in a mistrial - is poised to launch Cosby 2.0 as a motivational speaker. His target audience will be men “wrongly accused” of raping co-eds and groping groupies. Source
  • Bill Cosby plans sex assault talks, accusers' lawyer cries foul

    Entertainment CBC News
    Bill Cosby plans to conduct a series of free public seminars about sexual assault this summer, his spokesman said days after a Pennsylvania judge declared a mistrial in the entertainer's sexual assault trial. A lawyer for 33 women who have accused former star of the 1980s TV hit The Cosby Show of sexual assault criticized the move as an apparent attempt to interfere with his expected retrial on charges of sexually assaulting Canadian Andrea Constand at his home in the Philadelphia in…
  • Netflix's 'GLOW' gets ready to rumble

    Entertainment Toronto Sun
    What’s hotter than wrestling right now? Gorgeous ladies of wrestling, sillies! And that’s what Netflix is banking on when they purchased the new 10-part series dramedy, GLOW, which begins streaming Friday. Produced by Orange Is the New Black creator Jenji Kohan, GLOW is somewhat of an accident tale of feminism based on the real-life female syndicated wrestling TV series that aired between 1986 and 1990. Source
  • ‘Wonder Woman 2’, ‘Justice League’, ‘Aquaman’ and the future of the DCEU [Photos]

    Entertainment Toronto Sun
    It took a woman – Wonder Woman, actually – to do what Batman, Superman and the Joker couldn’t: finally get DC’s Extended Cinematic Universe going in a meaningful way. The Gal Gadot-led superhero film is a critical and box office hit. Source
  • A look at ‘Amazing Race Canada’ Season 5 contestants

    Entertainment Toronto Sun
    There’s always a chance a new season of “The Amazing Race Canada” could end in a dead heat. Good thing one of the teams competing this summer are undertakers. Canada’s most-watched homegrown summer series returns for a fifth season on July 4 on CTV. Source
  • We catch up with the groundbreaking GLOW wrestlers from yore

    Entertainment Toronto Sun
    While Netflix's GLOW portrays a fictionalized version of the famed `80s all women's wrestling promotion, the actual Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling company spawned a number of successful alumni. Three notable GLOW grapplers include: Tina Ferrari: The spunky grappler -- real name Lisa Moretti -- that appeared in the first two seasons of GLOW gained more success in the late `90s and early 2000s on an international stage in the WWE as Ivory. Source