"It wasn't like I planned it, but I did say it", said Stone.
In a linking skit, presenter Oh, who also won the Golden Globe for best leading actress in a TV drama, becoming the first Asian woman in 40 years to bring home that award, made a joke about white people taking Asian people's roles. She said in comedic fashion, "Crazy Rich Asians is nominated tonight for Best Picture-Musical or Comedy".
Stone starred in 2015's "Aloha" while Scarlett Johansson led the live-action version of beloved anime "Ghost in the Shell" in 2017.
Showing that there were no hard feelings, Oh made it clear that she was only having a bit of fun with Stone when she sent a sweet signal to the actress who was seated in the audience.
Immediately after the joke landed, someone could audibly be heard yelling "I'm sorry!" from the audience, which was picked up by audio and quickly became the subject of speculation on Twitter whether or not it was, indeed, Emma Stone.
The film's director Cameron Crowe apologized after the furore, emphasizing that Ng was written to be a character who was based on a "real-life, red-headed local" who was proud of her Hawaiian heritage, but "looked nothing like one". Both films were criticized for whitewashing, with Stone portraying a quarter Hawaiian, quarter Chinese woman in the latter.
Speaking in an interview in 2015, the Mail Online reported the actress saying: "I've learned on a macro level about the insane history of whitewashing in Hollywood and how prevalent the problem truly is".
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