Jeremy Lin is one of the most outspoken players in the National Basketball Association (NBA) especially when it’s about race and diversity in sports or any field.
As one of the few Asian-American players in the league, Lin spoke out via Twitter against a recent Oscars 2016 skit putting Asians in bad light and making jokes about Asians.
In Jeremy Lin’s tweet, the Charlotte Hornets point guard posted a link of a recent Washington Post article, which was about the lack of diversity in the Oscars and the “Asian jokes” made by host Chris Rock.
“There was a lack of diversity in the lack of diversity. This became most apparent when Rock brought three Asian children to the stage, posing as “bankers” from finance firm PricewaterhouseCoopers,” the Washington Post article stated.
Some Asians and Asian-Americans like Lin have been protesting Rock’s Oscars joke about Asians with many saying that “stereotyping” Asian-Americans is problematic.
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Lin’s NBA stint is also full of challenges with regards to diversity and race in the league. In September last year, Lin said that he had to convince a security personnel that he was an NBA player and a member of the Hornets when he tried to enter the Hornets arena.
The 27-year-old Lin has played well for the Hornets in the 2015-2016 NBA Season, his first year in Charlotte. Lin averages 11.9 points, 3.2 rebounds and 3.1 assists this year.
Is Jeremy Lin correct in his take about stopping jokes about Asians? Or should the Hornets point guard just earn a sense of humor?
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