NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Former New York Knicks phenom Jeremy Lin was not a fan of Chris Rock’s Asian joke during Sunday night’s Oscars.
Lin, who currently plays for the Charlotte Hornets, took to Twitter Monday saying that he’s tired of people thinking it’s “cool” to target Asians.
“Seriously though, when is this going to change?!? Tired of it being ‘cool’ and ‘ok’ to bash Asians smh,” Lin tweeted.
The guard was referencing a joke Rock made that involved three Asian children that were brought out on stage posing as accountants from PricewaterhouseCoopers.
“They sent us their most dedicated, accurate and hard-working representatives. Please welcome Ming Zhu, Bao Ling and David Moskowitz,” Rock joked.
He then said, “If anybody’s upset about that joke, just tweet about it on your phone that was also made by these kids.”
In his opening monologue, Rock pulled no punches, skewering Hollywood over its lack of diversity.
Knicks fan and director Spike Lee skipped the Academy Awards in protest of African-Americans being shut out in the nomination process. Instead, he took in the Knicks game while sporting a black tuxedo and gold-colored Air Jordans.