- Co-host Sandra Oh used the opening monologue at the 2019 Golden Globes Sunday at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills to briefly address whitewashing in Hollywood.
- Oh knocked both “Ghost in the Shell” and “Aloha,” which starred white women in Asian roles.
- A woman can be heard yelling out, “I’m sorry!,” immediately following the joke.
- Many believe it was Emma Stone, who controversially played a woman of Asian descent in 2015’s “Aloha.”
“Killing Eve” star Sandra Oh is co-hosting the 2019 Golden Globes at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills Sunday, and the actress used the opening monologue to make a joke knocking two movies that have whitewashed Asian Americans in Hollywood.
“‘Crazy Rich Asians’ is nominated tonight for best picture – musical or comedy. It is the first studio film with an Asian American lead since ‘Ghost in the Shell’ and ‘Aloha,'” joked Oh.
Of course, neither of those latter two movies starred Asian American leads. Paramount’s “Ghost in the Shell” and Columbia’s “Aloha” starred Scarlett Johansson and Emma Stone, respectively, in the roles of women of Asian descent.
Immediately after the joke, a woman could be heard yelling, “I’m sorry!” from the audience.
You can watch the moment below:
In response, Oh put her hands up to her heart.
Fans were instantly convinced it was Emma Stone, who was criticised for playing a woman of Hawaiian and Asian heritage in Cameron Crowe’s 2015 movie, “Aloha.”
EMMA STONE YELLED IM SORRY AT THAT ALOHA JOKE SKSKSK
— shaneya (@kissland01) January 7, 2019
#GoldenGlobes OMG EMMA STONE yelling out Im sorry during the opening as Aloha is mentioned by Sandra Oh!
— Rebecca Wray (@sunnylagirl) January 7, 2019
Stone later confirmed to The Los Angeles Times that it was indeed she who yelled out from the audience.
“It wasn’t like I planned it, but I did say it,” said Stone.
Stone has addressed the controversy in 2015 with news.com.au saying she became the “butt of many jokes.“
“I’ve learned on a macro level about the insane history of whitewashing in Hollywood and how prevalent the problem truly is. It’s ignited a conversation that’s very important,” said Stone of her role in “Aloha.”
At the time, she did defend her role as the character named Allison Ng.
“The character was not supposed to look like her background, which was a quarter Hawaiian and a quarter Chinese,” Stone added.
This story was updated to reflect Stone’s confirmation.
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