The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences apologized today for jokes during the Academy Awards ceremony that targeted Asians. Variety reports that the Academy took the actaion after receiving a protest letter signed by Oscar-winning director Ang Lee and other AMPAS members.
A spokesperson for the Academy said in the statement: “The Academy appreciates the concerns stated, and regrets that any aspect of the Oscar telecast was offensive. We are committed to doing our best to ensure that material in future shows be more culturally sensitive.”
Variety adds: “The letter asked for ‘concrete steps’ to ensure that future Oscarcasts will avoid the ‘tone-deaf approach’ to Asians that was exhibited last month. The protest was delivered in advance of today’s board meeting, where the Oscar show and issues of diversity are undoubtedly on the agenda. The missive was sent to the board, AMPAS President Cheryl Boone Isaacs, CEO Dawn Hudson, and ceremony producers Reginald Hudlin and David Hill.”