Rebel Wilson’s Speech Jabs at #OscarsSoWhite Controversy


By Krystal Cruz

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This past Sunday was the 69th British Academy Film Awards and Rebel Wilson’s introduction speech caused quite the controversy on Twitter as she added to the widespread criticism aimed at the Oscars.

 

Wilson was presenting the best supporting actor award on Feb. 14, when she tossed in some humor to address the lack of diversity in the list of 2016 Academy Awards nominees.

 

Wilson said, “I have never been invited to the Oscars. Because as you know they are racists.”

 

Wilson’s poke fun at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, after backlash on Twitter created the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite. Many people were upset at the lack of minority representation in the list of Oscar nominees.

 

In the same speech Wilson said, “One day I hope to return here to win a BAFTA myself. I have already been practicing my transgender face,” referring to Eddie Redmayne’s nomination for “The Danish Girl.”

 

People online are bouncing between accusing Wilson of being transphobic and others applaud her for using her edgy humor to as social commentary.

 

Here’s the speech so you can decide which of those two is she.