Jeremy Lin, the Charlotte Hornets guard, didn’t take kindly to Chris Rock’s crude joke about Asians at the Oscars last Sunday.
Rock brought three Asian children to the stage, posing as “bankers” from PricewaterhouseCoopers. “They (the finance firm) sent us their most dedicated, accurate and hardworking representatives. Please welcome Ming Zhu, Bao Ling and David Moskowitz,” Rock said during a segment, which was viewed as a way to stereotype Asians as smart but supporting of child labor.
Foreseeing a backlash from Asians, Rock even said: “If anybody’s upset about that joke, just tweet about it on your phone that was also made by these (Asian) kids.” (Watch Video Above)
Yearns for a change…
Lin tweeted on Sunday night: “Seriously though, when is this going to change?!? Tired of it being “cool” and “ok” to bash Asians.” On Tuesday, the former Lakers guard addressed his tweet and explained why Rock pushed the envelope too far. “I thought it was a chance for me to stand up for Asians,” said the California-born Lin, whose parents are from Taiwan.
The Hornets player appreciated Chris Rock’s recurring message about the lack of diversity in Hollywood, except for the part when he took on the Asians. “I just feel like sometimes the way people perceive Asians or Asian Americans today can be disappointing in the way they view them. 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.”
Jeremy Lin: Perception is reality
The point guard felt that Asian actors were still stereotyped for particular roles. “In acting, you look at Asian roles, they always seem to be in similar roles. I feel like we are just so much more broad than that. What you see on TV, that is so influential. Perception is reality and that’s the truth in today’s day and age where it’s such a digital and technological age,” said the 27-year-old.
Jeremy Lin concluded: “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.”