Constance Wu, who plays the mother in “Fresh Off the Boat” (2015- ), called out Hollywood whitewashing and did it in 453 words – clearly meaning for it to be a guest post on this blog 😉 :
“On The Great Wall: We have to stop perpetuating the racist myth that a only white man can save the world. It’s not based on 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. Money is the lamest excuse in the history of being human. So is blaming the Chinese investors. (POC’s choices can be based on unconscious bias, too.) Remember it’s not about blaming individuals, which will only lead to soothing their lame “b-but I had good intentions! but…money!” micro-aggressive excuses. Rather, it’s about pointing out the repeatedly implied racist notion that white people are superior to POC and that POC need salvation from our own color via white strength. When you consistently make movies like this, you ARE saying that. YOU ARE. Yes, YOU ARE. YES YOU ARE. Yes dude, you fucking ARE. Whether you intend to or not. We don’t need salvation. We like our color and our culture and our own strengths and our own stories. (If we don’t, we should.) We don’t need you to save us from anything. And we’re rrrreally starting to get sick of you telling us, explicitly or implicitly, that we do. Think only a huge movie star can sell a movie? That that has NEVER been a total guarantee. Why not TRY to be better? If white actors are forgiven for having a box office failure once in a while, why can’t a POC sometimes have one? And how COOL would it be if you were the movie that took the “risk” to make a POC as your hero, and you sold the shit out of it?! The whole community would be celebrating!! If nothing else, you’d get some mad respect (which is WAY more valuable than money.) So MAKE that choice. I know that overcoming your own bias and doing something differently takes balls… Well don’t you WANT balls? Look. I know there are lotsa POC who honestly don’t care. Who think I’M being crazy. Well excuse me for caring about the images that little girls see, and what that implies to them about their limitations or possibilities. If you know a kid, you should care too. Because we WERE those kids. Why do you think it was so nice to see a nerdy white kid have a girl fall in love with him? Because you WERE that nerdy white kid who felt unloved. And seeing pictures of it in Hollywood’s stories made it feel possible. That’s why it moved you, and that’s why it was a great story Hollywood is supposed to be about making great stories. So make them.”
The trailer for”The Great Wall” (2017):
Black people in medieval Europe? Unrealistic! White people in medieval China? The star of the show!
- Fresh Off the Boat