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Chris Rock Draws Backlash for Asian Jokes at Oscars

Comedian under fire for skit that seems to mock Asians for math skills, child labor

Chris Rock tackled several controversial issues during his Oscar hosting gig on Sunday, but a joke about Asians has landed the comedian in hot water.

During the bit, Rock spoke about calculating all the votes by Academy members and that accounting firm PriceWaterhouseCoopers had sent over some accountants to help.

“They sent us their most dedicated, accurate and hard-working representatives,” he said. “Please welcome Ming Zhu, Bao Ling and David Moskowitz.”

Three young children of Asian descent then appeared onstage in suits carrying briefcases. “If anybody’s upset about that joke, just tweet about it on your phone that was also made by these kids,” Rock said.

“To parade little kids on stage w/no speaking lines merely to be the butt of a racist joke is reductive & gross,” wrote Constance Wu, star of ABC’s “Fresh Off the Boat.” “Antithesis of progress.”

The jokes, coupled with another by presenter Sasha Baron Cohen as his Ali G character, drew immediate backlash online.

Read some of the reactions below.