Not everyone was charmed by “Parasite” director Bong Joon Ho at the 2020 Oscars.
Many people who tuned into the 92nd Academy Awards on Disney-owned DIS, +0.52% ABC on Sunday expressed joy over “Parasite’s” big night on social media after the movie made history as the first non-English-language film to win Best Picture. But BlazeTV host Jon Miller took issue with Joon Ho giving most of his acceptance speech in his native Korean.
Here’s the tweet:
His kicker in particular — “These people are the destruction of America” — led the likes of John Legend, Chrissy Teigen and Michael Musto to call him racist and xenophobic.
Teigen called him a “dumb f–king tool” and said “your family is embarrassed.”
Miller sought to clarify his tweet in subsequent posts, saying that he didn’t mean “these people” to describe Koreans, but rather Hollywood itself. Obviously.
Several supporters said that they understood his comments to be about Hollywood on their first reading, and called out Twitter’s cancel culture for “blowing this out of proportion,” defending the problematic post as an “imprecisely-worded” tweet.
Miller also shared a tweet showing that a formal complaint about his post was filed with Twitter TWTR, -3.07% , but the social networking site ruled that it did not violate the rules.
Last weekend, Miller also complained about Jennifer Lopez and Shakira’s bilingual Super Bowl halftime show, writing, “Oh fantastic the half-time show is not even in English.”
The most recent Census data suggests that about one in five Americans is bilingual.