“#WhitewashedOut Objects to Asian Characters Played by White Actors”

“About 60,000 tweets answered the launch of the hashtage #WhitewashedOUT, started by comedian and actress Margaret Cho, writer Ellen Oh, and The Nerds of Color.

“We want Hollywood studios, producers, and casting directors to stop casting white people in Asian roles — or any roles that should be filled by people of color,” they said in a blog post.

There’s Tilda Swinton, an Oscar winning British actress who is portraying a Tibetan male comic character known as the Ancient One in the film “Doctor Strange,” which will be released in November 2016. Elizabeth Banks was chosen to play Rita Repulsa in the Power Rangers movie, out in 2017. (Repulsa was an Asian character in the 1990s TV show.) And Scarlett Johansson was cast to play in a Hollywood rendition of “Ghost in the Shell,” which was originally a Japanese graphic novel. It’s due out in 2017.

They launched the hashtag movement on Tuesday afternoon in honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. About 60,000 tweets have rolled in by 7 p.m. with people sharing their thoughts on the “erasure” of Asian Americans from so-called “whitewashed” movies and how that trickles down to culture at large.

“We’re tired of Hollywood acting as though Asian Americans don’t exist, and want to let them know that we aren’t watching these whitewashed movies,” they wrote in a blog post announcing the hashtag movement.

The conversation around race extends to skin tone, as well. The casting of Zoe Saldana to play Nina Simone, a lighter skinned Afro-Latina actress was the subject of much scrutiny…”



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