Jon Miller, an online television host for the right-wing YouTube channel BlazeTV, criticized and belittled political statements made during the Academy Awards on his Twitter account on Sunday night.
But Miller’s comments about a Korean writer, who received the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay, were seemingly racist, though the pundit tried to defend them as innocuous in subsequent tweets.
Bong Joon Ho, who also directed the film he wrote, received the award for the foreign film Parasite, which also won Best Picture overall by the end of the night. Miller chastised the writer/director’s words after winning the prestigious award, casting judgment on him for speaking in Korean.
“Acceptance speech was: ‘GREAT HONOR. THANK YOU.’ Then he proceeds to give the rest of his speech in Korean,” Miller wrote.
In the following line, Miller’s words utilized a racist trope. “These people are the destruction of America,” he insisted.
A man named Bong Joon Ho wins #Oscar for best original screenplay over Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and 1917.
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.
— Jon Miller (@MillerStream) February 10, 2020
After receiving thousands of tweets replying to his post, Miller tried to explain that his words weren’t racist.
“‘These people’ are obviously not Koreans but those in Hollywood awarding a foreign film that stokes flames of class warfare over 2 films I thought were more deserving simply to show how woke they are,” Miller said. “That should be clear from the rest of what I tweeted about tonight’s production.”
However, it wasn’t “clear” to many, given that Miller had criticized the Korean writer’s use of his native language and then immediately used the racist trope of “these people” to suggest a harm was being done to America.
Furthermore, other tweets Miller sent out demeaned “globalist trash,” a recognized anti-Semitic term that has been used for a number of decades, if not longer. The pundit also got upset at a Frozen medley where singers sang in different languages. “They didn’t even have the courtesy to give us subtitles,” Miller complained.
To defend himself, Miller retweeted other far-right figures who came to his defense, including Jack Posobiec and Mike Cernovich, two individuals in the alt-right movement who have made racist and controversial comments in the past themselves.