Allison Williams has come under fire on social media for performing a series of racial-themed jokes onstage during Sunday night’s MTV Movie & TV awards.
The 29-year-old actress took to the stage with her Get Out co-star Lil Rel Howery to present the Best Kiss award, which ended up going to Moonlight’s Jharrel Jerome and Ashton Sanders.
Before announcing the winners’ names, Williams performed a short skit with Howery, during which she tried to address the fact that her character in Get Out is a terrifyingly racist woman.
But that attempt backfired after several viewers deemed the awkward exchange offensive.
As part of the skit, Howery pretended to be afraid of Williams due to her part as Rose Armitage – her first film role after years of playing Marnie Michaels in Girls.
Williams pretended to open the sketch on a flirty note, telling her co-star it was ‘bittersweet’ to be giving away the Best Kiss award with him because their Get Out characters never got to kiss.
The 37-year-old actor only responded with a terse: ‘Mm-mm’, side-eyeing the actress and edging away from her.
In response to his behavior, Williams asked him if he was scared of her, at which point the actor said he was ‘afraid’.
The actress then deplored that this scenario ‘kept happening’, telling the audience: ‘Ever since the movie came out, for the last couple of months…’
Howery finished her sentence for her, offering: ‘Black dudes don’t mess with you.’
That is when the actress wondered what she could to get back his trust – and, the sketch seemed to imply, that of the black community at large.
As the joke continued, Williams offered three different steps she thought she could take to show her appreciation of black people.
One of her proposed solutions was to make it illegal for people to ask ‘Can I touch your hair?’ – and was met with Howery’s disapproval.
The actress then suggested replacing George Washington’s face on Mount Rushmore with Denzel Washington’s, earning another no from her co-star.
Her third proposal consisted in saying she would try to bring Beyonce’s Lemonade onto Spotify instead of its current platform, Jay Z’s Tidal.
Howery agreed with that option, ending the sketch, and leaving viewers baffled by the skit.