6 Asian Characters That Were Portrayed by White Actresses in Movies
Hollywood often faces criticism for casting white actors to play roles that clearly don’t match a character’s ethnic background. Remember the #OscarsSoWhite controversy? Yeah, that’s not the only time people have gotten frustrated over casting decisions. In fact, whitewashing has been an issue in the film industry for years — as far back as the 1930s.
In recent years, we’ve unfortunately seen an increase in whitewashing. More specifically, there is a history of white actresses portraying Asian characters. While we adore these actresses, including Emma Stone & Scarlett Johansson, it’s just plain wrong to disregard a character’s ethnicity in order to cast a big-name star who will help a movie do well at the box office. Check out the gallery below to see all the times Hollywood cast white actresses for Asian roles:
Allison Ng, Aloha
When Aloha was released last year, the filmmaker faced tons of backlash for their casting of Emma Stone. Emma is a versatile actress, starring in a variety of different movies. However, she was not the right choice for this role. Allison is clearly described as being half-Chinese and half-Native Hawaiian. Last time we checked, Emma doesn't fit the characteristics of either of those two ethnicities. Like, at all.
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