Emma Stone Yells 'I'm Sorry!' After Sandra Oh Jokes About 'Aloha' Whitewashing At 2019 Golden Globes
Stone was famously criticized for accepting the starring role in 'Aloha,' a film about a Chinese-Hawaiian character named Allison Ng.
Emma Stone may never live down Aloha.
Sandra Oh introduced the 76th Golden Globe Awards on Sunday, January 6 with a joke about diversity in Hollywood following the whitewashing epidemic. Alongside her co-host, Andy Samberg, Oh called out the 2015 film Aloha, which starred Emma Stone as Allison Ng, a Chinese-Hawaiian character.
"Crazy Rich Asians is the first film with an Asian-American lead since Ghost in the Shell and Aloha," the Killing Eve star jabbed.
In addition to Aloha, Ghost in the Shell was criticized for casting Scarlett Johansson as its lead character, a Japanese fighter named Major Mila Killian.
After the laughs and applause died down, a voice that sounded suspiciously like Stone's yelled out, "I'm sorryyyyyy!"
Naturally, everyone was obsessed.
"I’ve become the butt of many jokes," Stone told Vanity Fair after the film released.
"I’ve learned on a macro level about the insane history of whitewashing in Hollywood and how prevalent the problem truly is," she added. "It’s ignited a conversation that’s very important. The character was not supposed to look like her background. Which was a quarter Hawaiian and a quarter Chinese."
Aloha director Cameron Crowe also acknowledged the backlash.
"I have heard your words and your disappointment," he wrote in a statement, "and I offer you a heart-felt apology to all who felt this was an odd or misguided casting choice."
The 76th Golden Globe Awards was held at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, CA on January 6, 2019 at 5 p.m. PST. Killing Eve's Sandra Oh and Brooklyn Nine-Nine's Andy Samberg will host the festivities. Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga's A Star Is Born is a favorite to dominate in film categories while Ryan Murphy's The Assassination of Gianni Versace is a TV standout.