Niecy Nash and Olivia Munn Call Out Lack of Asian Nominees at Screen Actors Guild Awards
Actresses Niecy Nash and Olivia Munn called out the 2018 Screen Actors Guild Awards for its lack of Asian nominees while presenting the award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series on Sunday night.
Actresses Niecy Nash and Olivia Munn slammed the 2018 Screen Actors Guild Awards for its lack of Asian nominees.
The awards night was held on Sunday, Jan. 21, at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.
Presenting the award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series, the comedic duo pointed out the lack of Asians among this year’s nominees as they opened the envelope.
Those nominated in the category included Bob Odenkirk of “Better Call Saul,” David Harbour of “Stranger Things,” Jason Bateman of “Ozark,” Peter Dinklage of “Game of Thrones” and Sterling K. Brown of “This Is Us.”
“Wait, wait, wait. If it’s Sterling K. Brown, can I say it?” Nash interrupted, requesting to announce the winner, according to the SFGate.
Munn replied, “Yes, why?”
“‘Cause he black,” Nash snapped. “I mean, but you can say anybody’s name who is Asian that’s nominated.”
Nash apparently referred to Munn’s Asian heritage, with her mother of Chinese descent.
“I think there’s just white guys and Sterling K. Brown. But thank you I’ll take one of the white guys,” People quoted Munn as answering.
Brown, who eventually won the award over four white males, held up a fist in response to Nash’s comment.
Nash’s punchline drew mixed reactions on Twitter. Some praised her for pointing out the lack of representation, while others called her a racist.
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