Nobel Peace prize winner Malala Yousafzai was put on the spot on Sunday (March 12) night with an awkward question from Oscars host Jimmy Kimmel in a moment that has since gone viral.
Approaching the Taliban shooting survivor during the ceremony, Kimmel said a fan named Joanne had sent in a question for Yousafzai. “She asked, your work on human rights and education for women and children is an inspiration… as the youngest Nobel prize winner in history, do you think Harry Styles spit on Chris Pine?”
Yousafzai took a moment to consider the question and then responded, “I only talk about peace.”
Jimmy Kimmel: “Malala, do you think Harry Styles spit on Chris Pine?”
Malala Yousafzai: “I only talk about peace.” pic.twitter.com/88bxEVt3Ye
— Spencer Althouse (@SpencerAlthouse) March 13, 2023
“You know what, that’s why you’re Malala and nobody else is. That’s a great answer, Malala,” Kimmel said before quipping, “The winner is Malala-land, everybody.”
There were strong reactions to the moment on social media, to say the least.
“Jimmy Kimmel will pay for making Malala answer that question btw,” tweeted one viewer, while another added, “Why the hell did jimmy kimmel go up to malala, make that corny ass chris pine and harry styles joke and then call her malala land?? what is wrong with this man.”
why the hell did jimmy kimmel go up to malala, make that corny ass chris pine and harry styles joke and then call her malala land?? what is wrong with this man 😭 #oscars pic.twitter.com/3Ld73NPcgX
— yee yee (@yEeyEe006) March 13, 2023
jimmy kimmel will pay for making malala answer that question btw
— carey (@brokebackstan) March 13, 2023
“Cutting off oscar winners thanking their families so that jimmy kimmel can annoy malala and make fun of her name is so offensive,” wrote another fan, while one person said, “Malala should have slapped jimmy kimmel and gotten a second nobel peace prize.”
cutting off oscar winners thanking their families so that jimmy kimmel can annoy malala and make fun of her name is so offensive.
— therese lacson • 宋蕾蕾 (@bamfpire) March 13, 2023
malala should have slapped jimmy kimmel and gotten a second nobel peace prize
— elmo 🌿 (@elmotumbokon) March 13, 2023
As for Yousafzai herself, she took to Twitter after the ceremony, where she retweeted the clip and wrote, “Treat people with kindness.”
— Malala Yousafzai (@Malala) March 13, 2023
Later in the show, a person dressed as the Cocaine Bear ran through the audience and began pestering Malala.
“Jimmy Kimmel saying: “Cocaine Bear leave Malala alone!” is somehow a sentence that summarizes the insanity of the past two decades.”
Jimmy Kimmel saying: “Cocaine Bear leave Malala alone!” is somehow a sentence that summarizes the insanity of the past two decades.
— “Internet Conor” (@conorjrogers) March 13, 2023
Check out more reaction to the moment below.
Imagine having the audacity of calling Malala, an actual Nobel Prize winner, survivor of being shot in the face and just an amazing human being, “Ma-LaLa Land” she is NOT your punch line, Jimmy Kimmel pic.twitter.com/4mMNZhOtat
— 🌙Josie✨ (@colorssoooh) March 13, 2023
Stop inviting Malala to these ceremonies if y’all aren’t gonna give her the respect she deserves. And Jimmy Kimmel that was your third strike of the night. You’re officially on my List pic.twitter.com/wFbXBSTqeo
— Fried Hennessey (@ItsmeDejaMarie) March 13, 2023
How Malala looked at Kimmel when he asked her those disgraceful questions #Oscars pic.twitter.com/Il1lyABNlE
— Lusey (@itsslusey) March 13, 2023
Jimmy Kimmel asking Malala about Harry Styles-
— ً (@tsimiks) March 13, 2023
seeing jimmy kimmel talking to malala and THATS what he asks pic.twitter.com/CsCyrunzWz
— riya (@riverroadriya) March 13, 2023