Area Legend Youn Yuh-jung Calls Brits a Buncha Snobs During Her BAFTA Acceptance Speech

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Youn Yuh-jung won Best Supporting Actress at the BAFTAs on Sunday for her role in Lee Isaac Chung’s Minari, Vulture reports, and thanked the British Academy thusly:

Thank you so much for this award. Every award is meaningful, but this one, especially [to be] recognized by British people, known as very snobbish people, and they approve me as a good actor. So I’m very, very privileged and happy.


Talented, legendary, and most of all correct. [“We simply have stan” voice] We simply you get it, etc.

In a follow-up interview with Variety, Youn noted that her assessment of Brits “comes from personal experience”:

I’ve visited Britain a lot of times, and I had a fellowship in a Cambridge college 10 years ago as an actor. Somehow, it felt very snobbish, but not in a bad way... You have a long history, and then you have your pride. As an Asian woman, I felt these people are very snobbish, that’s my honest feeling.

In other BAFTA news, Chloé Zhao’s Nomadland was the big winner of the night, taking home Best Film, Best Director, Best Actress (for Frances McDormand), and Best Cinematography, per Deadline. Emerald Fennell’s Promising Young Woman also snagged two statues, including Best Original Screenplay.

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I mean, if you’re doing a fellowship at Cambridge, yeah, you’re going to meet snobs. That’s like getting a scholarship to Yale, then joining the rowing team, and the skull and bones society, and deciding Americans are all rich jerks.

I’d suggest a quick trip to Redruth, the wrong side of Glasgow, or a summer with the Geordies might cure her of that impression.