Emma Stone yells out 'I'm sorry' for 'Aloha' at the Golden Globes
That really was Emma Stone yelling that she's sorry for 'Aloha' at the Golden Globes.
That really was Emma Stone yelling that she's sorry for 'Aloha' at the Golden Globes.
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Last year's Crazy Rich Asians was a landmark moment for representation in Hollywood.

In a sincere and kind opener, Golden Globes co-host Sandra Oh praised the groundbreaking movie, calling it "the first studio film with an Asian-American lead since Ghost in the Shell and Aloha."

Quick to respond to the burn was Emma Stone, who was cast as the quarter-Hawaiian and quarter-Chinese Allison Ng in 2015's much-criticized Aloha.ย 

"I'm sorry!" Stone could heard shouting from the audience after Oh's dig on Sunday.

The casting of Stone as Ng in Aloha was met with condemnation from people who said the role should've gone to an actress with Asian heritage. It's also magnified by the fact that on-screen racial diversity is, and has been, extremely poor in Hollywood.

The film's director Cameron Crowe apologized after the furore, emphasizing that Ng was written to be a character who was based on a "real-life, red-headed local" who was proud of her Hawaiian heritage, but "looked nothing like one."

"I have heard your words and your disappointment, and I offer you a heart-felt apology to all who felt this was an odd or misguided casting choice," Crowe wrote on his blog at the time.

Stone also spoke of the controversy, and how it made her aware of how little diversity has been on our screens.

"Iโ€™ve learned on a macro level about the insane history of whitewashing in Hollywood and how prevalent the problem truly is," Stone told News.com.au, while promoting Irrational Man. "Itโ€™s ignited a conversation thatโ€™s very important."

Very important, indeed. Et tu, Scarlett Johansson?

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