Emma Stone apologises to Golden Globes host Sandra Oh for ‘portraying an Asian’

The monologues at award ceremonies can often be a place for a bit of banter between the Hollywood glitterati which can be the ideal cover to throw some serious shade in the name of comedy.

There had been a promise that some of the guests at the 76th Golden Globes would find themselves being ‘roasted’ by hosts Sandra Oh and Adam Samberg but the ‘barbed jibes’ did provoke an apology from one its targets.

In an emotional start by Killing Eve star Sandra Oh, who is the first Asian to host the Golden Globes, she had a moment of fun at Emma Stone’s expense, when she ripped her role in Aloha.


The ceremony at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles saw Sandra speak out in praise for Crazy Rich Asians for being, the first studio film with an Asian American lead since Ghost in the Shell and Aloha.”

Of course, the lead in Aloha was Emma Stone and as the camera panned to the 30-year-old actress, she was seen to mouth "I’m sorry," seemingly as an apology for her portrayal of Allison Ng, a quarter Chinese, a quarter Hawaiian and half Swedish character that she played.


After a brief moment as the audience weighed up whether this was a joke or not, Sandra held her hands over her heart to indicate she was just jesting and hilarity then ensued.

In 2015, when Aloha was released, Emma received a fair amount of stick for ‘not properly portraying a character of Asian descent’ and it obviously still weighs heavy on her mind.

Speaking to News.com.au., Emma said that she had, "become the butt of many jokes," but she had now, "learned on a macro level about the insane history of whitewashing in Hollywood and how prevalent the problem truly is.

She continued to say that her ‘miscasting’ had, "ignited a conversation that’s important.”

Emma defended the character though and said the reason why she bagged the role was because she, "was not supposed to look like her background which was a quarter Hawaiian and a quarter Chinese.”

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