#whitewashedOUT Shares The Stories Hollywood Won't
In the wake of #OscarsSoWhite, audiences and the press are more vocally demanding greater diversity in front of and behind the movie camera. But as Ghost in the Shell and Doctor Strange have recently made clear, Asians are being grossly overlooked in the move to make Hollywood more inclusive.
Angie Han and Arthur Chu have written great think pieces on the issue. But it’s been a Facebook post from nerd icon/lord of the interwebs George Takei that went viral. From there, Twitter took on the topic with #whitewashedOUT, and the result was revealing, heartbreaking and powerful.
Not a sidekick. Not a sidechick. #whitewashedOUT— Margaret Cho (@margaretcho) May 3, 2016
In high school when people asked who I wanted to play me in my life story, I only ever had 2 choices: Ming Na or Lucy Liu. #whitewashedOUT— Jenny Han (@jennyhan) May 3, 2016
#whitewashedOUT meant it took years for me to realize writing Asian protags was possible. I cast myself as the sidekick in my own stories.— Sarah Kuhn (@sarahkuhn) May 3, 2016
POC identify w white protagonists all the time R white people so devoid of humanity they can't identify with POC heroes? #whitewashedOUT— David Mura (@MuraDavid) May 3, 2016
#whitewashedOUT means people think Asia is one giant mystical place where they can go to find themselves.— Swapna Skywalker (@skrishna) May 3, 2016
Was asked to teach white actors how to do "Asian" make-up for a show bc they didn't cast AAPI. I refused #whitewashedOUT— Thien-Kim Lam (@thienkim) May 3, 2016
#whitewashedOUT means the continued stereotype of the unattractive Asian male, the submissive Asian woman, the tiger mom, etc.— Ellen Oh (@ElloEllenOh) May 3, 2016
#whitewashedOUT isn't just about the movies. It's about how systemic racism extends out from erasure in movies to outright racism.— Ellen Oh (@ElloEllenOh) May 3, 2016
#whitewashedOUT means I didn't see someone who looks like me on an American screen until I was 11.— Preeti Chhibber (@runwithskizzers) May 3, 2016
#whitewashedOUT when I actually struggle with: if I write myself, will I end my career? If I *don't* write myself, will I be a traitor?— Marie Lu (@Marie_Lu) May 3, 2016
#whitewashedOUT Growing up Hollywood had me believing that Asians and other POC were a modern invention.— Kristine Gerolaga (@kristeen_gee) May 4, 2016
you know you're being #whitewashedOUT when white people are trying to say that you, an actual POC, are not facing racism.— alissa (@hyfralissa) May 4, 2016
Capitalism fuels Racism. Whites are cast over Minorities, not out of hatred, but because of the assumption of higher profit. #whitewashedOUT— Hari Kondabolu (@harikondabolu) May 3, 2016
#whitewashedOUT is knowing I should be mad, but being too tired to work up the anger. & then being even madder that the problem is that bad.— Angie J. Han (@ajhan) May 3, 2016
#whitewashedOUT is letting artists I like slide on this shit because if I held a grudge every time I'd have no artists left to like.— Angie J. Han (@ajhan) May 3, 2016
I still like Tilda. And Scarlett. Marvel. Emma Stone. Ridley Scott. Cameron Crowe. And it feels a bit like betraying myself. #whitewashedOUT— Angie J. Han (@ajhan) May 3, 2016
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