'Pitch Perfect' actress makes provocative jokes before presenting the Best Supporting Actor prize
Rebel Wilson supplied the most controversial moment at last night’s BAFTA Film Awards when she made jokes about the ongoing Hollywood diversity debate and something called “transgender face”.
Appearing on stage to present the Best Supporting Actor prize to Mark Rylance, the Australian Pitch Perfect actress told the audience at London’s Royal Opera House: “It’s so great to be here at this really serious event. I have never been invited to the Oscars, because as you know they are racists, but the BAFTAs have diverse members and that’s what we all want to see in life. Diverse members.”
Presumably referring to Eddie Redmayne’s Best Actor nomination for his portrayal of transgender pioneer Lili Elbe in The Danish Girl, Wilson added: “One day I hope to return here to collect a BAFTA myself. I have already been practicing my transgender face.”
Though Wilson’s jokes earned a certain amount of praise on Twitter, including a ringing endorsement from the BBC One Twitter account, others felt her “transgender face” joke was ill-advised. Check out a selection of tweets below.
Wilson previously caused controversy at last year’s MTV Video Music Awards when she appeared to poke fun at the US’s police brutality problem by appearing on stage wearing a top that said “Fuck Tha Stripper Police”, an apparent reference to N.W.A.’s anti-cops anthem ‘Fuck Tha Police’.
Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, John Boyega and Mark Rylance were among the winners at last year’s BAFTA Film Awards. Check out the full list of winners here, and watch Rebel Wilson’s controversial appearance at the awards ceremony below.