Jimmy Kimmel’s tour bus skit has gotten him a whole lot of praise. But the Oscar host is also getting some blowback for mocking an Asian woman’s name during the Sunday’s movie awards ceremony.
Kimmel invited a bunch of unknowing tourists into the Dolby Theatre, who were star struck at the many famous faces they were seeing. When Kimmel asked an Asian woman for her name, she told him her name was Yulree, which rhymes with “jewelry.”
Kimmel responded, “your name is Yulree? I know it rhymes with jewelry! That’s some name!” Then, he asked her husband what his name was, to which he responded, “Patrick.”
“See, that’s a name!” said Kimmel.
However, some people on Twitter took offense and also threw Mahershala Ali’s name into the mix, which Kimmel mentioned a few times throughout the night.
“It’s not the #Oscars unless they make fun of Asians somehow. This time, it’s Yulree’s name. Not really laughing,” wrote one user.
A representative for Kimmel has not yet responded to TheWrap’s request for comment.
See reactions to Kimmel’s skit below.
— Alton Wang (@altonwang) February 27, 2017
— 세미 (@janesamikim) February 27, 2017
Fuck you @jimmykimmel for deciding Yulree ain't a name. Fuck you and your white-normative shit-filled peabrain.
— Nick Cho (@NickCho) February 27, 2017
— Chris Chew (@chris_chewbacca) February 27, 2017
— Jenny Yang ???????????? (@jennyyangtv) February 27, 2017
@kevinmax the Patrick bit was not gold. Makes people feel like the "other". Anglo name okay. Asian name (Yulree Chun) not okay.
— paulinechu (@paulinechu) February 27, 2017
Pretty sure Yulree Chun is a "real name."#Oscars
— Olive Cats (@OliveTheCats) February 27, 2017
— Belinda Fu (@belindafu) February 27, 2017
@angryasianman Kimmel is so baffled by non-Anglo names like Mahershala and Yulree
— Rebecca Sun (@therebeccasun) February 27, 2017