KUALA LUMPUR: South Korean filmmaker Bong Joon Ho who won an Oscar for Best Director recently for his film Parasite, drew criticism from an American TV host for his acceptance speech at the prestigious awards event.
According to Koreaboo, the Blaze TV host, Jon Miller, took to Twitter to express his displeasure. He wrote: “Acceptance speech was: ‘GREAT HONOUR. THANK YOU.’ Then he proceeds to give the rest of his speech in Korean. These people are the destruction of America.”
Prior to that, he had also tweeted that: “A man named Bong Joon Ho wins Oscar for Best Original Screenplay over Once Upon A Time In Hollywood and 1917.”
Netizens were generally appalled by Miller’s negative and seemingly racist remark, which then led to a barrage of brickbats against the TV host.
Even celebrities chimed in with their jagged two cents. American singer-songwriter John Legend retweeted the offending comment and wrote: “Do they pay you for these dumb takes or is this something you do for fun.”
English TV personality Piers Morgan kept it short and sweet with: “You disgusting racist pr*ck.”
Even former tennis champion Martina Navratilova made an effort to contribute to the volley. She said: “Does being a racist ass come naturally to you or did you have to work at it?”
Others included American TV producer, Andy Lassner, who said: “Seems like you got the attention you were so pathetically thirsty for. Well done.”
Miller then tried to clarify his intention after the backlash by explaining that he was referring to those in Hollywood who had awarded Parasite with the honour as “the destruction of America”.
He wrote: “‘These people’ are obviously not Koreans but those in Hollywood awarding a foreign film that stokes flames of class warfare over 2 films I thought were more deserving simply to show how woke they are. That should be clear from the rest of what I tweeted about tonight’s production.”
Apparently, Netizens remain unconvinced on the whole and have continued to express their outrage towards Miller for his xenophobic comment.
Bong made history last Sunday during the 92nd Oscars ceremony when his dark comedy thriller that touches on social and class differences won the best original screenplay, best director and best picture awards.
The 50-year-old South Korean director and writer is also known for his other smart movies such as The Host, Snowpiercer and Okja.