Liberal Hollywood Yellowface: Exclusive: ‘Ghost in the Shell’ Producers Reportedly Tested Visual Effects That Would Make White Actors Appear Asian

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After the backlash surrounding Johansson’s role in the film, producers reportedly attempted to quell the controversy with an old standby Hollywood uses to fix a lot of problems: CGI.

According to multiple independent sources close to the project, Paramount and DreamWorks commissioned visual effects tests that would’ve altered Scarlett Johansson in post-production to “shift her ethnicity” and make the Caucasian actress appear more Asian in the film.

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Tilda Swinton in racism row after being cast as Asian character

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TILDA Swinton is at the centre of a racism row after being cast as an Asian character in a new Hollywood blockbuster.

The Oscar-winning actress, 55, plays the Ancient One in Marvel’s Doctor Strange, which also stars Benedict Cumberbatch.

The character is a Tibetan High Lama who mentors the surgeon turned sorcerer in the movie, which was shot in Nepal and is due for release in November.

But critics have accused the American studio of “whitewashing” the Ancient One’s race out of the plot.

It comes after the director of Gerard Butler’s Gods of Egypt apologised for a lack of racial diversity among the cast. And Janette Tough, better known as Wee Jimmy Krankie, found herself at the centre of a storm last month after images emerged of her dressed as a Japanese fashion designer for the upcoming film of Absolutely Fabulous.

Speaking about Swinton’s role, Marvel Studios’s president Kevin Feige explained how the Ancient One went from a powerful Asian mystic to an androgynous white woman.

“We’re never afraid to change,” he said. “We are always looking for ways to change. I think if you look at some of the early incarnations of the Ancient One in the comics, they are what we would consider today to be quite, sort of, stereotypical.

“They don’t hold up to what would work today. Also, within the storyline of the comics, and our movie, ‘the Ancient One’ is a title that many people have had.

“We hit very early on on, What if the Ancient One was a woman? What if the title had been passed and the current Ancient One is a woman?

“Oh, that’s an interesting idea. Tilda Swinton! Whoah! And it just hit.”

 

He added: “She [Swinton] is a chameleon in everything she does. She has this amazing [ability to] harness of this androgynous sense. So, we use the term ‘her’ and ‘she’ in the film but, other than that, it’s very androgynous. Because it doesn’t matter.”

However, critics have criticised the decision to change the role.

Donna Dickens, of hitflix.com, wrote: “The choice is particularly jarring.
“To say the only way to remove the stereotype of ‘otherness’ from the Ancient One is to make him white is just whitewashing under the guise of progressiveness, that actors of Asian descent are inherently ‘othered’ regardless of how a role is written.

“Casting Swinton in the role also opens the floodgates of appropriation. Doctor Strange will still be travelling to Asia after his accident to gain his powers.

“But now instead of at least a tentative link to Tibetan culture — you’ve got a white woman teaching a white man the secret mysteries of an Asian culture. That’s … not okay.”

Colin Fredericson, of Inquisitr.com, added: “It’s not the first time Marvel Studios didn’t keep an Asian character in a role designed for one, as Iron Man 3‘s Mandarin shows, but Tilda Swinton’s casting also tips the scales in a bolder, gender-switched direction for Marvel’s on screen efforts.”

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Last month Korean actress Margaret Cho accused the makers of Absolutely Fabulous of “yellowface” – the practice of using white actors in Asia roles – after Ms Tough was hired to appear as the comedy character Huki Muki alongside Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley.

Ms Cho, who starred in the film Face/Off with John Travolta and Nicolas Cage, branded the decision to cast a western actor in the role “unacceptable”.

YellowFace: Janette Tough plays Japanese fashion designer Huki Muki in the forthcoming Ab Fab movie

 

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We know you’re all very excited for Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie, starring Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley, but comedian Margaret Cho has some bad news for you: There’s yellowface. Yes, it’s almost 2016, and it’s like we’re back to Mickey Rooney circa 1961 being really offensive inBreakfast at Tiffany’s. Scottish comedian Janette Tough makes a cameo appearance in the film as a male Japanese fashion designer named “Huki Muki” (that is not a real Japanese name) in an outfit that’s clearly a reference to the artist Yayoi Kusama. Cho was the first to point out this troubling bit of yellowface, writing on Twitter, “It’s hard enough to get into film and TV as a person of color – and when roles written for us are played by white actors – it’s an outrage.”

Latest Hollywood Whitewashing and Yellowface: The Martian

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Ridley Scott has been criticised by the Media Action Network for Asian-Americans for ‘white-washing’ Asian roles in his hit adventure The Martian.

The film, which is based on the bestselling novel by Andy Weir, features a diverse set of characters, two of which are Asian yet are played by white and black actors on screen.
“This feelgood movie, which has attracted Oscar buzz, shouldn’t get any awards for casting,” said Guy A0ki, MANAA founding president, in an open letter released on Thursday.
The anger focuses on the character of Mindy Park, who is described as Korean-American in the book and played by white actor Mackenzie Davis, and Dr Venkat Kapoor, an Asian-Indian character who is a Hindu yet embodied by black actor Chiwetel Ejiofor and renamed Vincent.
“Was Ridley Scott not comfortable having two sets of Asian-Americans talking to each other?” said Aoki. “So few projects are written specifically with Asian-American characters in them and he’s now changed them to a white woman and black man. This was a great opportunity to give meaty roles to talented Asian American actors – and boost their careers – which would’ve enabled our community to become a greater part of the rescue team.”
It’s not the first time Scott has come under fire for “whitewashing” characters after his 2014 biblical epic was criticised for using white actors Christian Bale and Joel Edgerton.
“I’ve got no regrets on anything with Exodus,” he said during a recent press conference for The Martian. “I’m very proud of it but when they start saying, “Well gee, shouldn’t Moses have been black and shouldn’t the wife be Ethiopian”, well I don’t know, I wasn’t there. And also, I would never have got it, it would have been limited.”
There are concerns from the MANAA that the choice to change the ethnicity of Asian characters is a continuing trend in Hollywood with Scarlett Johansson and Tilda Swinton both taking on Asian roles in Ghost in the Shell and Doctor Strange, respectively.
“This insulting practice of whitewashing has got to stop,” said Aki Aleong, MANAA president. “Alarmingly, it has been increasing in frequency. Today’s audiences expect multi-racial casts in entertainment, as they reflect the multicultural environment in which they’ve grown up.”

Hollywood Whitewashing: ‘Aloha’ film attacked for ‘white-washing’ of Hawaii

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There’s trouble in paradise. Director Cameron Crowe has come under fire for his latest work, accused of “whitewashing” the cast. “Aloha” – starring Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone, and Rachel McAdams – is set in Hawaii and follows a troubled military contractor’s personal journey through life and love on the lush, diverse island.

But the group Media Action Network for Asian Americans (MANAA) says that the film has almost no non-white actors and no non-white principal characters despite being set in an extremely diverse state. Hawaii is over 70% non-white, with a diverse population the result of decades of social, economic, and political upheaval. Additional cast members to Cooper, Stone, and McAdams include John Krasinski, Alec Baldwin, Bill Murray, and Danny McBride.

“This comes in a long line of films (‘The Descendants,’ ‘50 First Dates,’ ‘Blue Crush,’ ‘Pearl Harbor’) that uses Hawaii for its exotic backdrop but goes out of its way to exclude the very people who live there,” MANAA founder and president Guy Aoki said in a press release. “It’s an insult to the diverse culture and fabric of Hawaii.”

The film had been met with skepticism for months. The Sony email hack revealed frustrated executives calling the film’s script “ridiculous.” Reviewers were reportedly banned from early screenings before the film’s late-May release, a move often associated with low confidence in the film by the studio.

An Associated Press report rounded up reaction from Native Hawaiians and academics, including activist Walter Ritte, who said, “They’re taking our sacred word … and they’re going to make a lot of money off of it.” A scathing piece by Entertainment Weekly’s Chris Lee, “I’m not buying Emma Stone as an Asian-American in Aloha,” slammed the decision to cast Stone as Allison Ng, an Air Force pilot of Chinese-Hawaiian-Swedish descent.

“But in order to process this idea of Stone as a bi-racial character,” wrote Lee, “as someone whose genetic lineage can be traced back to the Middle Kingdom by way of Polynesia, you must first get past the obvious stumbling blocks: her alabaster skin and strawberry blond hair, her emerald eyes and freckles—past the star’s outwardly unassailable #Caucasity—if only because the movie hammers home her cultural other-ness in just about every other scene.”

In a response to the controversy, Sony has defended the film and Crowe, saying in a statement that “Aloha respectfully showcases the spirit and culture of the Hawaiian people.”

“Filmmaker Cameron Crowe spent years researching this project and many months on location in Hawaii, cultivating relationships with leading local voices,” the statement continued. “He earned the trust of many Hawaiian community leaders, including Dennis ‘Bumpy’ Kanahele, who plays a key role in the film.”

The studio released a ”featurette” online featuring cast members reflecting on “The Spirit of Hawaii” in the film. At the May 28th red-carpet premiere, the director and stars defended the film against the recent wave of criticism.

“I think that Cameron was very much about Hawaiian culture. We did a blessing to kick off the film, and he took us to watch live Hawaiian music all the time, and so I don’t know, I don’t know if that’s fair,” Rachel McAdams told reporters. “I understand that you always want to represent everyone equally, but I certainly think that he has a great deal of respect for Hawaiian people and Hawaiian culture.”

“I read some of the stuff that’s been said and I just think, ‘I can’t wait for you to see the movie,” Crowe told reporters, “because we certainly know the power of Aloha and what Aloha means, and you know, didn’t choose the title randomly.”

The film currently stands at 18% on movie review-aggregator Rotten Tomatoes and grossed just $10 million during its opening weekend.

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Hollywood Diversity: Marvel Casting Tilda Swinton to Play Asian Man?

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Oscar-winning actress Tilda Swinton is in talks to star as the Ancient One in the upcoming Marvel superhero film Doctor Strange, despite the character’s originally written gender and ethnicity, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

While Marvel Studios has generally kept its film characters as close to their comic inspiration as possible, some have criticized the studio’s previous casting choices for their lack of diversity.

(Other Marvel films include franchises such as The Avengers, Captain America, The Punisher, Spider-Man and X-Men.)

Enter Swinton, who could possibly star as the 500-year-old Tibetan sorcerer the Ancient One, alongside Benedict Cumberbatch, and an integral character now has a new look, in-step with the industry’s move toward more diversity.

While Marvel’s consideration to cast a female as the Sorcerer Supreme is being praised by some fans of the franchise, others are still upset, and an argument is being made the actress would actually make the film less diverse.

In traditional Marvel storylines, the Ancient One was a peaceful male farmer of Asian descent, which Swinton is most certainly not.

A quick Twitter search reveals some Doctor Strange fans have their reservations about the proposal

Far from Tibet, Swinton was born the daughter of a major general in the Scots Guard in London, England, and was a classmate and friend to Diana Spencer, better known as Princess Diana.

Swinton, who has demonstrated her acting range over a career that started in the mid-1980s, has starred in movies such as Constantine, The Grand Budapest Hotel and theChronicles of Narnia franchise, as of late.

She won an Academy Award in 2008 for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Karen Crowder in Michael Clayton.

Doctor Strange is set to star Benedict Cumberbatch as Stephen Strange, and the film is expected to debut in November of 2016, possibly minus a high-profile Asian character.

Disney fans protest against ‘whitewashing’ as more than 30,000 sign Mulan petition

Disney and the rest of racist hollywood can now use the “they can’t find Asian actors” excuse because Asians actors and actress are fleeing to Asia for acting jobs.

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Disney fans have already began protesting against a white Mulanahead of the studio’s live action remake of the animated 1998 movie.

More than 30,000 people have signed an online petitiondemanding an Asian lead, as the legendary story is about a Chinese girl who goes to fight the Huns disguised as a man to save her ailing father’s life.

Hollywood has come under fire recently for the casting of white actors as characters meant to be from other races. US actressRooney Mara will play ‘Native American’ princess Tiger Lily inPan this summer, while Christian Bale starred as Moses inExodus: Gods and Kings because director Ridley Scott did not want “Mohammed so-and-so from such-and-such” in the main role.

Natalie Molnar, who founded the Mulan petition, writes that so-called whitewashing has a “direct, harmful impact on not only the movie itself but the audience”.

“Whitewashing implies that people of colour cannot be heroes (although they may at times be villains or supporting characters), leaving it far more difficult for countless children around the world to see themselves in the stories they love and think that they too can make a difference,” she says.

“It perpetuates a standard of beauty and goodness wherein whites are considered the ideal and norm despite that not only are Americans diverse, but the entire world is.

“As for the acting community, keeping diverse actors out of what should be diverse roles severely limits the number of roles they can get, especially a potentially name-making role such asMulan’s eponymous character would surely be.

Macau-born Ming-Na Wen originally voiced Mulan for Disney and can currently be seen in Marvel’s superhero series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

However, a recent study found that just 4 per cent of all female characters in Hollywood films last year were Asian or Latina, with only 11 per cent identifying as African-American.

Mulan will follow The Jungle Book, Beauty and the Beast,Dumbo and Pinocchio into a modern remake, with Disney already having enjoyed huge success with Alice in Wonderland,Maleficent and, most recently, Cinderella starring Lily James and Cate Blanchett.

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Katie Campagna 4 hours ago

Jim Sturgess was cast as the lead in the movie 21 about some card-counting MIT students. The real-life group of students was mostly Asian-American, in the movie only 2 of them were asian, and both played side roles with shallow character development, few lines, and little backstory.

Jim Sturgess was also cast to play a Korean man in Cloud Atlas, where they actually applied yellowface in the form of prosthetics and makeup to make their chosen british caucasian actor look Korean.

The last name of the sheriff in 30 Days of Night was changed to one that sounded more caucasian, since they chose Josh Hartnett to play a character who, in the comic books, is Inuit. The real-life town is 57% Native American and 22% white. In the movie there is only one Inuit character, who is played by a Samoan actor.

The lead role in the movie Drive was written as a Latina woman, which the director re-wrote so he could cast Carey Mulligan

The lead role in Stuck was loosely based on the real life story of a black woman, yet they cast Mena Suvari to play the role. And then actually gave her cornrows??

Keanu Reeves was chosen to play one of the 47 Ronin. Really?

The entire cast of both Exodus and Gods of Egypt.

Jake Gyllenhaal was chosen to play a Persian Prince

Rooney Mara was cast as Tiger Lily in the movie Pan coming out next year. Tiger Lily being the Native American princess in Peter Pan.

Katniss is not white in the books and is described as such, yet Jennifer Lawrence was cast to play her.

The real-life Tony Mendez is hispanic, while Ben Affleck who portrayed him in Argo is definitely not.

Jennifer Connelly was cast in A Beautiful Mind to play a wife that, in real life, is from El Salvador.

All of these happened in the last 15 years. It does happen. It happens all the time.