During Sunday night’s 89th Academy Awards, host Jimmy Kimmel found himself in hot water with some Twitter users when his “Lion King” reenactment with “Lion” star Sunny Pawar didn’t go over well with some.
Kneeling next to the 11-year-old Pawar in the crowd, Kimmel asked the “Lion” star if he had ever seen the “Lion King.” After saying he had seen it and liked it, the Oscars host asked Pawar if he wanted to recreate the famous scene where Rafiki held young Simba in the air.
With the “Lion King” soundtrack playing in the background, Kimmel lifted Pawar in the air as Pawar yelled out, “Lemonheads and Mike and Ikes!” While the crowd laughed, Twitter users didn’t find it as amusing.
“Sunny Pawar is so frickin’ adorable!!,” wrote one Twitter user. “But a prop he is not! Disgraceful… Bad taste! #Oscars.” Other users also shared the same feelings. Check out some of their tweets below.
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Was Jimmy Kimmel’s “Lion King” reenactment with Sunny Pawar offensive? Pictured: Sunny Pawar on Feb. 26, 2017 in Hollywood. Photo: Getty Images
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