Conservatives are having a hard time accepting that a capitalist-critical Korean film swept the Oscars for being completely amazing, with some turning to outright racism to attack Parasite and the people responsible for its record-breaking success.
One host from Glenn Beck’s conservative network BlazeTV, Jon Miller, seemed to refer to the Korean team as “these people” and called them “the destruction of America” because the director gave most of his speech in his native language.
A man named Bong Joon Ho wins #Oscar for best original screenplay over Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and 1917.— Jon Miller (@MillerStream) February 10, 2020
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.
The director’s name is actually Bong Joon-Ho, and if you could be bothered to read subtitles, you know that he gave the classiest acceptance speech of the event.
Parasite has been held up as an example of what can happen when the film industry moves away from being so white and Western-centered and opens up to movies made all over the world. It was the first non-English language film to win Best Picture in the entire history of the Oscars. It also won the Best Original Screenplay, Best International Film, and Best Director awards, leading Joon-Ho to apologize to the Oscar engravers for taking up so much of their time.
“I think we destroyed the barrier too much!” he joked. “I think it’s great in life when things happen so fast and that’s what’s happening tonight.”
It’s clearly too much for Jon Miller.
The BlazeTV host tried to claim that “these people” was referring to “those in Hollywood awarding a foreign film that stokes flames of class warfare,” but no one’s buying it. Hollywood figures and anti-racist activists alike have been calling him out for his transparent xenophobia.
Do they pay you for these dumb takes or is this something you do for fun
— John Legend (@johnlegend) February 10, 2020
You’re right, technically he should have said “thank you” in the Tongva language
— Mara “Get Rid of the Nazis” Wilson (@MaraWilson) February 10, 2020
Xenophobia is a hell of a drug.
— Sleeping Giants (@slpng_giants) February 10, 2020
You ok???? You gonna survive this? pic.twitter.com/mOXRvw8cQX
— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) February 10, 2020
how dare someone speak their native language?! boohoo must suck to be so fragile
— maia (@mxmtoon) February 10, 2020
Hey Jon, if you don’t like Koreans:
개 새 끼 꺼 저 라
— Katie Phang (@KatiePhang) February 10, 2020
As an American, it is this type of comment that destroys us, not that someone spoke in Korean after being honored.
You should be ashamed of yourself.
— Mark S. Zaid (@MarkSZaidEsq) February 10, 2020
Primeiro filme em língua não inglesa a levar o Oscar. Você que lute racista!!! pic.twitter.com/CbPcA7mMxD
— Andreza Delgado 🕶️ PerifaCon 11-12/04 (@andrezadelgado) February 10, 2020
Seems like you got the attention you were so pathetically thirsty for.
— andy lassner (@andylassner) February 10, 2020
The things people do for money! During Black History Month at that! A damn shame! pic.twitter.com/nYXy4uHdVb
— Kalen Allen (@TheKalenAllen) February 10, 2020
stay mad pic.twitter.com/oU9UIiCG6z
— menno (@pqrasite) February 10, 2020
If Miller had actually watched Parasite, he might have a better idea of what is destroying America. As Joon-Ho said in one interview: “Essentially we all live in the same country called capitalism.”