Over the last couple of weeks, the internet has fallen deep in love with the hashtag-based concept of #StarringJohnCho. If you haven’t seen this, the premise is simple: John Cho should be in everything.
The point here is not simply that we love John Cho and would watch him in anything (ALTHOUGH WE DO AND WE EAGERLY WOULD!), but that many people, both the audiences and the decision makers, have certain preconceived ideas of what a leading man looks like, and that Asian men (as well as actors with any number of other attributes) don’t fit the mold. And that that mold is constructed out of absolutely nothing, and is entirely stupid, wrong, and bigoted.
And now someone has come up with a brilliant follow-up with #StarringConstanceWu.
Constance Wu is an incredible actress with great comic timing, who also happens to be smoking hot. So why isn’t she in everything?
Don’t let her authoritative matriarch role on Fresh Off the Boat fool you. Wu is only 34, just two years older than Mila Kunis, who played JT’s love interest in this turd:
These conversations are meant to highlight how baseless our assumptions about “type” and marketability are. Because there’s absolutely no reason why two stunning, talented Asian actors couldn’t headline a blockbuster—
Except that a lot of people seem to lack the imagination to picture it. So thank you, Twitter people, for indulging our lack of imagination and showing us what this kind of brave new Hollywood landscape could and should look like.