Sandra Oh, while hosting the Golden Globes, commented on the historical whitewashing in film, saying:
"['Crazy Rich Asians'] is the first studio film with an Asian-American lead since 'Ghost in the Shell' and 'Aloha.'"
Stone, who was sitting in the audience, shouted:
After the awards show was over, Stone admitted she said it but that the outburst wasn't planned.
Emma Stone yelling I'M SO SORRY to Sandra Oh after 'Aloha' joke is everything i needed tonight, thanks #GoldenGlobes https://t.co/Wu44QiYFH7— emma stone daily (@emma stone daily)1546823552.0
People watching at home picked up on it.
After Sandra Oh's "Aloha" whitewashing joke I swear I heard Emma Stone shout "I'm sorry!" #GoldenGlobes— Kevin Fallon (@Kevin Fallon)1546823233.0
@kpfallon She did!— Daniel Summers (@Daniel Summers)1546823347.0
@kpfallon Heard it on TV!!!— JJ (@JJ)1546823285.0
Some were happy with the apology.
emma stone apologizing for aloha is the new song of the summer— ziwe (@ziwe)1546823426.0
I PERSONALLY ACCEPT EMMA STONE’S OFF CAMERA SCREAMED APOLOGY.— Joel Kim Booster (@Joel Kim Booster)1546823280.0
@dailyemmastone Proving yet again why she's the best.— Your Local Drunk (@Your Local Drunk)1546828429.0
@dailyemmastone I nearly fell off the couch. That was the greatest.— LeNora Faye (@LeNora Faye)1546825832.0
@dailyemmastone @CloneNic most amusing thing that happened in a predictable beginning IMO— Hakon Bloodaxe #TeamLagertha (@Hakon Bloodaxe #TeamLagertha)1546823884.0
Others thought it was too little too late.
@kpfallon Yeah. Apologising after accepting the role in the first place 😂. Good one.— kittkat112 (@kittkat112)1546870658.0
@dailyemmastone Did anyone hear her also say "I'm still keeping the money, though" after?— moediggity (@moediggity)1546859523.0
In 2015 Stone spoke of the controversy, telling The Guardian:
"I've become the butt of many jokes. I've learned on a macro level about the insane history of whitewashing in Hollywood and how prevalent the problem truly is. It's ignited a conversation that's very important."
The actress definitely showed she has kept her sense of humor.