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Jeremy Lin slams Chris Rock’s ‘racist’ Asian joke at Oscars

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Jeremy Lin slams Chris Rock’s 'racist' Asian joke at Oscars

Los Angeles (IANS): Actor-comedian Chris Rock’s Asian joke at the 2016 Academy Awards might have made people burst into laughter, but NBA star Jeremy Lin wasn’t amused.

The Charlotte Hornets star took to his Twitter page to share how upset he was because some people thought that making fun of Asians was “cool”, reports aceshowbiz.com.

“Tired of it being ‘cool’ and ‘ok’ to bash Asians,” he wrote, while asking, “when is this going to change?”

Despite the fact that Rock earned positive reviews of his jabs at #OscarsSoWhite controversy at the gala night on Sunday, the 51-year-old host appeared to disappoint some people when he made a joke involving Asian children.

In the middle of his monologue at the awards show held on Sunday, he said that he wanted to introduce the accountants from Price Waterhouse Coopers, which tabulated the vote results.

People started to laugh when they learned that the accountants were two Asian boys and an Asian girl whom Rock named Ming Zu, Bao Ling and David Moskowitz. The three children walked onstage as they brought briefcases, illustrating the stereotype that Asian people are diligent workers who are also good at mathematics.

However, some people were upset when Rock said, “If anybody’s upset about that joke, just tweet about it on your phone that was also made by these kids.”

They were quick to interpret that Rock implied Asian children were either accountants or child labourers.

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Aamir Khan say there is no Intolerance in India, urges Modi to reign in people spreading hatred

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Days after his intolerance remarks, Bollywood star Aamir Khan today said India is “very tolerant” but there are people who spread hatred and appealed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to rein them in.

The actor also believes that he still continues to be country’s brand ambassador even though the government may have discontinued his services, saying India is his mother and not a brand.

“Our country is very tolerant, but there are people who spread ill-will…Those who speak of breaking up this vast country, such people are present in all religions, only Modiji can stop them. After all, Modiji is our PM, we have to tell him,” he told Rajat Sharma in his ‘Aap ki Adalat’ show on India TV, according to a press release issued by the channel.

Aamir said a sense of security comes from the justice system, which should ensure speedy justice, and from elected representatives who should raise their voice when something goes wrong.

“After all, law is equal for all, and nobody is above law. Unfortunately, there are some people who spread negativity and hatred. If I am not wrong, our Prime Minister has also expressed concern. His slogan is ‘sabka saath, sabka vikas’,” he said.

The actor, who hit headlines with his remarks that his wife was thinking of leaving India over growing intolerance, also replied to megastar Amitabh Bachchan’s remark that he damaged India’s brand identity by his statement, saying there was a feeling of insecurity due to growing intolerance.

“I had said in my interview that there was a sense of depression, a sense of despondency, a feeling of insecurity and intolerance was growing. But these are entirely two different things,” he said.

He added that he was “wongly quoted” and said, “I never said India was intolerant, I was wrongly quoted…To say about rising intolerance and to say India is intolerant are two different things.”

Claiming to continue serving as India’s brand ambassador even after government discontinued him, the superstar said, “For me, my motherland is my mother, it cannot be a brand. I can never view my mother as a brand. It could be a brand for other people, but not for me. Till this date, I continue to be India’s brand ambassador, even the government may have discontinued me.”

He said for 10 years he was brand ambassador for ‘Incredible India’s Atithi Devo Bhavo campaign’ and never charged a penny for all his public service campaigns for the country and nor will he charge in future.

Aamir also asked media and news channels not to air news about violence on TV as it creates an atmosphere of fear.

“Every Indian is infected with fear. I would also appeal to media not to highlight such violence, as it creates a sense of insecurity and fear among common people,” he said.

On his wife Kiran Rao expressing her intent to leave India due to insecurity, Aamir said he and his wife were not going anywhere and have been born here and will die in India, but said, “After all, Kiran is a mother, a mother always worries about her children.”

“Often we speak so many things among ourselves, but that does not mean, we take 100 per cent action on them. Now was that our intention. Kiran has actually expressed a feeling, an emotion, and we were born here, and we will die here. We are not going to leave our country, let me make it clear,”he said.

The superstar went on to say that whenever people try to divide, “we should become alert, and should beware as to why we are being reminded that we are Muslim, Hindu, or Sikh. After all, we are all Indians. We have to be on our quard.”

Seeking to clarify that there was intent on his or his director’s part on purportedly denigrating Hindu religion in his film ‘PK’, he said, “It was only a character playing the role of Shiva in a play, who was made fun of, in a particular situation. After all, Lord Shankar is Almighty, how can we dare to make fun of him?.”

The actor said he fully empathised with the cause of Kashmiri Pandits. “My heart cries even today for them. It is shameful, and I appeal to people living in the Valley to bring the Kashmiri Pandits back.”

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Who’s Preity Zinta’s husband, Gene Goodenough?

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Actor Preity Zinta got married to her long-time boyfriend Gene Goodenough in a private ceremony in Los Angeles. But with the news of the wedding making its way everyone has been wondering who Gene Goodenough is.

Preity and Gene have been friends for a long time. He was also said to be a key eye-witness when Preity had lodged a police complaint stating that her ex Ness molested her at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai a couple of years ago.Gene Goodenough is a resident of Los Angles (LA), USA. He is a senior vice president of finance with a US-based hydroelectric power company called NLine Energy. He has done his MBA from Esade Business and Law School, Spain, which was followed by another masters degree from USC Marshall School of Business, LA.

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Lots of hypocrisy in India regarding women: Indo-British rapper Hard Kaur

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Launched in 2007, her debut single “Ek glassy” was hot on the charts and also a party favourite for long. It proved that even women could rap with ease and beat men in the genre.

New Delhi: Indo-British raptress Taran Kaur Dhillon, popularly known as Hard Kaur, says surviving in a “very male dominated industry” in this country is difficult as there are “too many double standards”.

Launched in 2007, her debut single “Ek glassy” was hot on the charts and also a party favourite for long. It proved that even women could rap with ease and beat men in the genre. Despite her success story, the genre is still dominated by rappers like Yo Yo Honey Singh, Raftaar and Badshah. So, what keeps most women away from rapping?

“It’s a very male dominated industry and it’s very difficult for girls to get into it and actually maintain to survive. It’s a boys club and there are so many issues to deal with including a lot of sexism. There’s a lot of hypocrisy in India regarding women and what they are able to do. Too many double standards,” Kaur told  in an email interview from London.

Wouldn’t she like to start a label to promote more raptress?

“No thanks! I’ve tried helping girls before and they are never serious about work. Some of them do it for a couple of days and then quit, wasting my time, effort and money. They make stupid excuses to quit like ‘My boyfriend doesn’t want me to do it’ or ‘I can’t handle boys being competition’ or ‘I’m getting married so I shouldn’t. What will my parents-in-law say?’

“You got to have a thick skin and be very strong to survive in this game,” said the “Move your body” hitmaker.

While she is a pro at it, actress Sonakshi Sinha tried her hand at the genre last month with her first single titled “Aaj mood ishqholic hai”.

“I didn’t like the song that she did, but I think it’s great that she tried and it gives a lot of inspiration to girls out there,” said Kaur, who has unveiled a new single “Aise karte hai party”.

How the catchy number was made is quite interesting!

“It was super fun working on this song. It’s actually inspired from a time when Sonny Ravan (co-writer) and I met in a club. I was asking the DJ to change the music and he wasn’t listening to me.

“So, Sonny and I thought it would be fun to write a song about what all we do when we ask the DJ to change a track. He came up with the line ‘Are DJ gana band kar’ (DJ stop the song) and we started writing in the club,” said Kaur.

The song’s video features known names like ace choreographer Saroj Khan, actor Punit Issar, actor-host Manish Paul and TV anchor-comedian Cyrus Broacha.

“Times Music came up with the idea of having celebs in the video playing characters, so they asked me to invite as many of my celeb friends for it. I fitted in as many as I could in the 12 hours that we shot. Everybody was so supportive,” said the former “Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa” contestant.

“Saroj Khan is a legend and it was a brilliant surprise for the dancers. She was one of the judges on (dance reality show) ‘Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa’ when I was in it. She gave me so much love and we’ve stayed friends ever since. I always wanted to work with her and this was the perfect chance,” she added.

It’s not just music that’s keeping her busy these days, the “Patiala House” actress is also looking forward to her next film.

“I’m starring in an upcoming movie, ‘Ticket to Bollywood’, as a villain. Finally, I will get to play a character that I’ve always wanted,” she said.

What about Punjabi movies?

“I love to make music for all types of movies including down south. I love the Punjabi industry as they’ve always given me so much love for my work and as a fellow Punjabi, I would love to do something back for them,” she said.

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