[SLATE] Why Chris Rock’s Asian joke was such a disappointment

February 29, 2016
Host Chris Rock speaks at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Host Chris Rock speaks at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

[SLATE] – For most of the Oscars, Chris Rock proved himself once again to be a dynamic truth-teller about systemic racism, managing not only to make pointed comedy out of #OscarsSoWhite but to keep it front and center long after his biting opening monologue.

Then, about two-thirds through, he took a break to make an Asian joke.

The Asian jokes were not just a blip in the night. They were a huge deflation. The black-white dialectic is central to the American experience, and other people of color follow and participate in that dialogue with a fighting interest, and even with understanding when we get sidelined on a night like this.

But we don’t expect to be the butt of it. [READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE]

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Lowen Liu is Slate‘s managing editor. 

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