Emma Stone Apologizes To Sandra Oh For ‘Aloha’ Whitewashing Controversy

Emma Stone has yet to escape the controversy surrounding “Aloha”.

“The Favourite” actress played Allison Ng – a quarter-Chinese, quarter-Hawaiian, and half-Swedish character – in the 2015 box office bust. 2019 Golden Globes host Sandra Oh cracked a joke at the expense of “Aloha” and the Scarlett Johansson-led “Ghost in the Shell” during Sunday’s opening monologue.

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Oh acknowledged “Crazy Rich Asians” as “the first studio film with an Asian American lead since ‘Ghost in the Shell’ and ‘Aloha’.” What made the joke even more memorable was a sudden outburst from someone in the crowd.

“I’m sorry!” Stone could be heard yelling from the audience and social media quickly took note of the spontaneous apology.

“Aloha” was a critical and box-office bust, earning just $26.3 million against a budget reportedly upwards of $57 million. Fortunately, the film’s blockbuster cast – which included Bradley Cooper and Stone – faired much better in 2018 with critically acclaimed roles in “A Star Is Born” and “The Favourite”, respectively.

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“Crazy Rich Asians” was a resounding success earning $238.4 million against a $30 million budget. It currently holds a 91 per cent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

The 2019 Golden Globes aired Sunday, Jan. 6. Click here to see who took home awards.

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