Emma Stone was called out for 'whitewashing' at the Golden Globes and she responded straight away
You can always count on award ceremonies such as the Golden Globes to reveal the true sides of certain celebrities. After this weekend's events, for instance, we found out that Melissa McCarthy had a generous nature and was able to smuggle in 30 ham and cheese sandwiches for her fellow actors, that Christian Bale doesn't sound anything like he does in the movies, and that Sandra Oh is downright AMAZING.
Over the course of the evening, Oh hosted the awards alongside Brooklyn Nine-Nine's Andy Samberg, and the pair went about the task in a much more wholesome manner than some of their predecessors. Still, they weren't afraid to make some jokes every now and then - often at the expense of another celebrity. One of the funniest of these was a comment made by Oh about Crazy Rich Asians, which she described as "the first studio film with an Asian American lead since Ghost in the Shell and Aloha."
This was, of course, a dig at Scarlett Johansson and Emma Stone, who each played an Asian character in the respective movies.
Stone immediately understood the comment was a criticism of whitewashing in Hollywood, and, as she has done before, apologised immediately for her part in the controversy. Like, literally immediately.
As the initial laughter from the comment died down, a voice from the crowd can be heard shouting, "I'm sorry!" Though there's no footage of Stone uttering the words, it has since been confirmed that it was indeed her who called out to Oh.
"It wasn't like I planned it, but I did say it," Stone later confirmed.
The actress played Allison Ng, a character who was supposed to be of Asian descent, back in 2015, and seems to have regretted the decision ever since.
"I’ve learned on a macro level about the insane history of whitewashing in Hollywood and how prevalent the problem truly is," she said in the same year the film was released. "It’s ignited a conversation that’s very important."
On another occasion, she added: "There’s a lot of conversation about how we want to see people represented on screen and what we need to change as a business to reflect culture in a clearer way and not in an idealised way. There are some flaws in the system ... My eyes have been opened in many ways this year."
Positive changes are being made, however, not least of all with Oh being the first woman of Asian descent to win the award for Best Actress in a TV Drama.
During her closing speech, she alluded to this fact, confessing that she had been afraid of hosting the Globes but wanted to in order to cement the awards as a "moment of change".
"I said yes to the fear of being on this stage tonight to look out onto this audience and witness this moment of change," she said.
"And I'm not fooling myself. I'm not fooling myself, next year could be different, but right now this moment is real. Trust me, it's real. Because I see you and I see you, all these faces of changes. And now, so will everyone else."