“Emma Stone as Asian-American? Cameron Crowe Apologizes”

“Prospects for Bradley Cooper and Emma Stone’s new film “Aloha,” brought to you by the fading Hollywood darling Cameron Crowe (“Almost Famous,” “Jerry Maguire”), have long looked dim.

In emails that surfaced last year after the Sony hack, the studio’s now-ousted chairwoman, Amy Pascal, lamented having taken the project on. “I’m never starting a movie again when the script is ridiculous,” she wrote. “It never not even once ever works.”

The film was already deemed a flop at the box office after a lackluster opening over the weekend, and its woes increased when critics began piling on Mr. Crowe’s decision to cast Ms. Stone as an Asian-American character named Allison Ng. In the film she explains that she’s one-quarter Chinese and one-quarter Hawaiian.

Among the detractors was E. Alex Jung at Vulture, who wrote that the choice was “particularly dismaying because it participates in a long history of whitewashing Asian-American roles,” a history that included, he noted, Mickey Rooney’s offensive turn as Mr. I.Y. Yunioshi in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.”

On Tuesday evening, Mr. Crowe leapt to his film’s defense, writing a response as well as an apology, published on TheUncool.com, “the official website for everything Cameron Crowe…”



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