Last night at the 2020 Oscars, the South Korean film “Parasite” swept in four categories after winning Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best International Feature Film and the biggest prize of all, Best Picture. After the historical wins, director Bong Joon-ho went up to the podium to give his thank you speech. Though he gave thanks in English, Joon-ho decided to recite the majority of his speech in his native tongue, Korean. However, this did not sit well with ultra-conservative BlazeTV host, Jon Miller.
After watching the speech, Miller tweeted, “A man named Bong Joon-ho wins #Oscar for best original screenplay over Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and 1917.
Acceptance speech was: ‘GREAT HONOR. THANK YOU.’
Then he proceeds to give the rest of his speech in Korean. These people are the destruction of America.”
Immediately following its posting, both the tweet and Miller received major backlash. Miller then tried to “clarify” his words with another tweet, giving explanation to what he “truly” meant to express.
Miller 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.”
Unfortunately for Miller, many would agree that his intentions were NOT clear. Fans and stars alike rallied together in defense of “Parasite” and its genius director, including both John Legend and Chrissy Teigen.
Do they pay you for these dumb takes or is this something you do for fun
— John Legend (@johnlegend) February 10, 2020
In response to Miller’s initial tweet, Legend wrote, “Do they pay you for these dumb takes or is this something you do for fun.”
Legend’s wife, Teigen, also reacted, tweeting, “What a dumb f**king tool you are, your family is embarrassed. At gatherings they’re literally like ‘how’s Jon doing that little dumb f–k tool’ and everyone goes ‘yeah we don’t care he’s a f–king dumb s–t’ – come say hi if you’re out tonight… going as hard as your d-ck got watching joker.”
Hey Jon, if you don’t like Koreans:
개 새 끼 꺼 저 라
— Katie S. Phang (@KatiePhang) February 10, 2020
NBC and MSNBC contributor, Katie Phang, gave her own edge with her response, writing, “Hey Jon, if you don’t like Koreans…” before writing something in Korean.
While the disgusting response to such a beautiful and historic win was discouraging, Joon-ho still took the night by storm with his powerful and kind words. Though all of his speeches were predominantly in Korean, he still took the time to thank both Martin Scorsese and Quentin Tarantino. Joon-ho even ended his speech in English, saying, “Tarantino, I love you.”