BAFTA 2016: Rebel Wilson Sparks Controversy With 'Transgender Face' Joke In Attempt To Address Hollywood Diversity

Rebel Wilson has divided opinion with a joke attempting to highlight the Hollywood diversity row.

The ‘Pitch Perfect’ star sparked controversy when she made a quip about “practising her transgender face” BAFTAs on Sunday (14 February) night.

Rebel made reference to the continuing debate about diversity that has dominated this awards season, as she took the stage to present the Best Supporting Actor gong.

Rebel Wilson

She said she had “been practicing her transgender face” in the hope of winning an award in future years.

Not everyone was impressed with the way Rebel highlighted such issues, however, with many taking to Twitter to comment on her joke.

Rebel also made a quip about the Oscars, which have been at the centre of the row, after only white actors were nominated in the four main acting categories.

“I’ve never been invited to the Oscars, because as we know they are racists,” she said.

She then made another controversial joke while flirting with Idris Elba, saying that he made her nervous.

“I’m programmed to want chocolate on Valentine’s Day,” she said.

The comment also raised some eyebrows on the social networking site, but many also saw the funny side:

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