The upcoming film adaptation of Jeff VanderMeer's Nebula-winning book, Annihilation, is dealing with multiple issues such as a lack of promotion and limited international distribution. Now, it is also under fire for claims of whitewashing.Read More
When it comes to Altered Carbon's "Asian protagonist in a white man's body" plot, I know that whitewashing and representation were huge concerns for a lot of potential viewers. So I wanted to lay out how they handle that element to help you decide if you want to watch.Read More
Disney has come under fire for reportedly "browning up" white extras on the Surrey, UK set of the live-action adaptation of Aladdin. According to The Sunday Times, "the company says it resorted to darkening white people for roles requiring skills that could not be readily found in the Asian community, such as stunt men, dancers and camel handlers." WHAT.Read More
Paramount Pictures and Bad Robot are in the works to adapt the amazing animated film Your Name with J.J. Abrams, Lindsey Weber and Genki Kawamura (who was also the producer of the anime) producing.Read More
As he was shopping studios for the movie adaptation of his novel Crazy Rich Asians, author Kevin Kwan said one producer approached him with a particularly offensive proposal: to whitewash the Asian-American protagonist Rachel into a white woman. Luckily for us, Kwan said, "No thanks."Read More
Wes Anderson’s Japan-Based Isle of Dogs Stars Notable Asian Actors Tilda Swinton & Scarlett Johansson
The trailer for Wes Anderson's Isle of Dogs dropped today. It's an adorable looking stop-motion story of a boy searching for his missing dog. It's also a whitewashing mess.Read More
After actor Ed Skrein left the upcoming Hellboy reboot amid criticisms of whitewashing, the movie's producers said they would "look to recast the part with an actor more consistent with the character in the source material." And it looks like they're actually following through on that promise.Read More
Twitter responded appropriately to a casting director's anecdote about how "Asians are a challenge to cast because most casting directors feel as though they’re not very expressive." UM. WHAT.Read More
Deadpool actor Ed Skrein stepped down from his Hellboy role as the Japanese-American Major Ben Daimio. "It is our responsibility to make moral decisions in difficult times and to give voice to inclusivity," he says.Read More
Ed Skrein, whom you may remember as antagonist Ajax from Deadpool, was just cast as Major Ben Daimio in an upcoming reboot of Hellboy, starring David Harbour as the titular hero. There's ... a bit of a problem with this casting, as Major Daimio is actually supposed to be a Japanese American character.Read More
"You just tried to put out a dumpster fire with a much larger, easily-avoidable dumpster fire."
From references to Scarlett Johansson's previous roles, to Hollywood's science fiction's constant allusions to the anime, to the sparse dialogue of side characters, this honest trailer is out for blood.Read More
One rumored director I can get behind, Atlanta's Hiro Murai, told Indiewire that whitewashing Akira wouldn't only be a bad idea "just because of the backlash lately, but that story is so tied to post-war Japan and ideology."Read More
Deadline broke the news yesterday that Zach McGowan has been cast as the lead of Niʻihau, a historical WWII drama directed by Gabriel Robertson. The glaring issue? The story is about island leader and Medal for Merit and Purple Heart recipient Benehakaka "Ben" Kanahele who is very much not white.Read More
We are in desperate need of an antidote to the times in which we live. Thankfully, the folks at Feminist Frequency are providing one with their all-new series (and follow-up to the recently-ended Tropes Vs. Women in Video Games) The FREQ Show. The first episode, "Whitewashing," was released this week, and you can check it out after the jump!Read More
“I’ve been involved in many adaptations of content from all over the world, and this is the first time that I’ve been seeing negative press," he says.Read More
Everything but the crocodile tears.
Paramount has kind of admitted that whitewashing Ghost in the Shell's Major Motoko Kusanagi led to the film bombing at the box office.Read More
After Ghost in the Shell and The Great Wall, Can We Admit That Whitewashing Bombs at the Box Office?
When it comes to the domestic box office, Ghost in the Shell is following in The Great Wall's footsteps.Read More
In the midst of Internet flame wars over individual movies, it can be easy for people—especially those who never understood in the first place—to lose sight of what we're really arguing for when we talk about Hollywood whitewashing. The argument isn't really about any one specific movie, but about a broader trend and how it affects real people, particularly the most impressionable among us.Read More
The live-action Ghost in the Shell film opens this weekend, and so its star, Scarlett Johansson, is making the press rounds to promote it. Normally, I'm a huge fan of Johansson's, having followed her career since Ghost World. She's talented, outspoken, and for the most part, I totally dig her. However, in this recent interview with Good Morning America, she says some really frustrating things, and yet another fave is problematic.Read More
Ah, yes. The old "backfiring Twitter campaign" play.
When you combine the beleaguered Ghost in the Shell movie with the infinite... uh, let's say "wit" of the internet, then you end up with a seemingly dead-in-the-water Twitter user content ad campaign.Read More