Monday, August 01, 2016

Constance Wu hits out at 'whitewashed' Great Wall film in which Matt Damon plays soldier in ancient China

'Fresh Off The Boat' star Constance Wu has taken to Twitter to express her frustration with Hollywood 'whitewashing' set off by the casting of Matt Damon as the lead in the film 'The Great Wall'.

Wu says in her Twitter letter posted on Friday that films like 'The Great Wall' portray a 'white savior' complex, which belittles people of color.

'We have to stop perpetuating the racist myth that only white man can save the world.

'It's not based in actual fact. Our heroes don't look like Matt Damon.

'They look like Malala. Ghandi. Mandela. Your big sister when she stood up for you to those bullies that one time,' she wrote.

She explains she's not blaming anyone involved with the film, least of all Damon, but saying that there needs to be an awareness in Hollywood for a perpetual leading role that shows white people saving or taking on the roles of people of color.


The amusing thing is that the director of the film is Chinese --  Zhang Yimou.  So that is whom she is calling racist.  So it is a pretty silly whine on the whole.  And it is no wonder a known star was cast on this occasion.  A star gets in the audiences where an unknown Chinese actor would not

But I do agree with her to an extent.  I like to see characters played by actors who look the part.


Bird of Paradise said...

Another Matt Damon movie that we will never ever watch this idiot from Hollyweird who want the goverment to confiscate all privately owned guns and we,ll want watch this crap movie

Anonymous said...

Gee, casting a known action actor to help your movie financially. What a concept.

Also, Will Smith, Denzel Washington, Eddie Murphy, Jamie Foxx, and Jennifer Lawrence, to name a few, would be surprised to find out they're all white men.

Anonymous said...

How does she know that white men aren't needed to save the world? All of the world savers I have ever seen have been white men.
I believe that this movie is fantasy, not history. Get over it - most movies are for making money, not moralising.

Anonymous said...

Remember Sydney Toler as Charlie Chan, or better yet, John Wayne as Kublai Khan? They had orientals in supporting rolls, but wanted name stars as the lead. It seems that the objective is to make money while entertaining - must be capitalism.

Spurwing Plover the fighting shorebird said...

Just another stinkeroo movie that retells history liberal hollywood style

Gooniebird said...

Katherine Hepburn played a chinseEs peasanT in a stikeroo DRAGON SEED