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Allison Williams Slammed For Race Jokes

| by Sheena Vasani

Allison Williams sparked controversy for making race-themed jokes at the MTV Movie & TV Awards on May 8.

Williams, 29, was presenting the Best Kiss award with "Get Out" co-star Lil Rel Howery when they performed the controversial short skit, the Daily Mail reports.

In the sketch, Howery pretends to be frightened of Williams, who played the racist as Rose Armitage in the movie.

In response, Williams tries to earn his trust, employing a series of jokes that left some uneasy.

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At first, the actress proposes making it unlawful for people to to ask "Can I touch your hair?"

When Howery looks displeased at the suggestion, she offered another: replacing George Washington's face on Mount Rushmore with Denzel Washington's.

Again, Howery disapproves so instead Williams proposes a third option: bringing Beyonce's album "Lemonade" onto Spotify.

Howery agrees to this suggestion and the sketch ends.

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Many did not find the skit amusing.

"Those racial jokes were not funny," wrote Flare magazine.

"Allison Williams saying yes to the 'lets make playful racist jokes' bit for the MTV awards BLOWS ME AWAY,"  wrote blogger Kelly Keegs.

"It was uncomfortable to watch because the skit isn't funny and comes off as pretty tasteless," said Morgan Baila in an opinion article for Refinery29.

Some defended Williams.

"Y'all know she didn't actually write her bit, right?" wrote one Daily Mail reader. "I can't stand Allison Williams, or any of her Girls colleagues, but you should be outraged at MTV who wrote every line every person said onstage. MTV WROTE THAT!"

"She was trapped," wrote another reader. "People need to realized it was scripted... THEY read off a script from a screen in front of them as a take on her tv character... she read the script meant to make people laugh or get talking. now because she is white (and not thinking) people "hate" her... poor thing!"

Others couldn't see the harm in her remarks.

"Everything offends these internet people," commented one. "What doesn't offend them?"

"Weak people," added another. "This is getting more difficult to read about. Judge people by their actions, over a span of time, not by a stray sentence or acts on stage."

While Williams has yet to comment on the backlash, the actress previously said she "had no empathy" for the racist character she played in "Get Out."

"She's completely, unequivocally an evil person," Williams told Vanity Fair. "One of the most evil people. Irredeemable, no good qualities, no asterisks, just evil."

Sources: Daily Mail, FLARE/Twitter, Kelly Keegs/Twitter, Refinery29, Vanity Fair / Photo credit: Paul Stein/Wikimedia Commons

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