Oscars Fans Hit The ‘Bamboo’ Roof

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OSCARS fans hit the ‘bamboo’ roof over diversity headline

The annual Oscar nominations are always contentious, but this year fans have the claws out early over a controversial headline in popular news outlet Hollywood Reporter. On Monday, March 15, the entertainment publication posted a tweet celebrating the fact that the awards this year had more Asian nominees than ever before in history, but it seems that their wording got the tone a little wrong, if the social media backlash is anything to go by.

“Diverse Field Sees Asian Actors Shatter a Bamboo Ceiling,” the headline read, referencing the myriad of Asian and Asian descent actors up for award this year, including Steven Yeun and Youn Yuh-jung for “Minari,” Riz Ahmed for “The Sound of Metal” and director Chloé Zhao for “Nomadland.” Screenwriter Lee Isaac Chung and producer Christina Oh have also been nominated for their work in “Minari.”

The story accompanying the headline was incredibly positive and applauded the ethnic diversity seen in film, but it seems that many Twitter users couldn’t make it past the “problematic” first sentence, which several felt was offensive and even potentially racist.

“Are you guys out of your minds?” asked comedian Niccole Thurman.

“Please change this offensive headline,” tweeted entertainment writer Jason Fraley.

Another user joked: “I’m surprised the article doesn’t play a gong sound when you open it.”

Hollywood Reporter writer Rebecca Sun, facing such harsh criticism over her article, quickly rushed to defence her story, writing:

“Hi! I wrote that headline (and the story). My editor, who is not Asian, was worried about it, but it’s a conscious choice I made to reference the phrase’s usage in the corporate world (the difficulty Asian executives have in breaking through to upper management),” she claimed.

“It’s definitely not meant to be a cheeky pun or anything like that.”

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Sarah Keane

Former teacher and health services manager with a Degree in English, Sarah moved to Spain from Southern Ireland with her husband, who runs his own car rental business, in 2019. She is now enjoying a completely different pace and quality of life on the Costa Blanca South, with wonderful Spanish and expat friends in Cabo Roig. Sarah began working with Euro Weekly News in 2020 and loves nothing more than bringing all the latest national and international news to her local community.

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