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Jimmy Kimmel faces backlash for asking Malala Yousafzai about the Harry Styles-Chris Pine controversy


Fans took to Twitter after Jimmy Kimmel questioned Malala Yousafzai about the Harry Styles and Chris Pine controversy during the Oscars in 2023.

The Stranger at the Gate executive producer Malala Yousafzai, 25, attended the Academy Awards in support of her short film, which was up for Best Documentary Short.

The 2023 Oscars, which were held at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles, put educational activists in an uncomfortable position. But since Malala is known for getting her way, she knew how to respond to Jimmy Kimmel in a subtle way, causing fans to call her her “chic” and “elegant” response.

Here is what happened between Jimmy Kimmel and Malala Yousafzai.

Malala Yousafzai, Nobel Peace Prize laureate and educational activist, appeared with her husband at this year’s Academy Awards.

The 25-year-old attended the gala as the executive producer of The Stranger at the Gate to support her short film which was slated to be Best Documentary Short. During which Malala had a strange experience with Jimmy Kimmel, the host of the 95th Academy Awards, who took the stage during the ceremony.

The Nobel Peace Prize laureate has been questioned by Jimmy Kimmel, who claims to have taken questions from the audience regarding the turmoil surrounding Harry Styles and Chris Pine’s spit-gate incident that surfaced last year.

Kimmel commented while being asked, “As the youngest Nobel Prize winner in history, I was wondering, ‘Do you think Harry Styles spits on Chris Pine?'”

Malala Yousafzai responded to Jimmy Kimmel’s question, which was directed at her: “I am only talking about peace.”

Fans blasted Jimmy Kimmel for the question and praised Malala for her response. Discover

While some Twitter users praised the Nobel laureate for her “classy” response to the “unfunny and unsettling” joke, others found the question directed at her unimpressive.

Also read: Academy Awards 2023: List of the 95 Academy Awards winners

Joanna Swanson

Joanna Swanson is Europe correspondent at the Thomson Reuters Foundation based in Brussels covering politics, culture, business, climate change, society, economies and inclusive tech. With specific focus in breaking news, she has covered some of the world's most significant stories.