You would think that the upcoming Doctor Strange movie looks pretty sick without anything to complain about…
But of course this is New America where if there is anything comic book related somewhere, there are SJWs to complain about it (see Marvel Comics’ 21 Word Response to #SJWs is Perfect! and WATCH: Avengers Call Fictional Black Widow a “Slut”… Liberals Lose It). In this case, the movie is being “whitewashed” by casting a white woman to play a character who was an Asian man in movie. I know, RIGHT?!?
The screenwriter, C. Robert Cargill, recently brushed off the nontroversy in a live stream conversation, saying that the people people were going to complain one way or the other…
“If you are telling me you think it’s a good idea to cast a Chinese actress as a Tibetan character, you are out of your damn fool mind and have no idea what the f**k you’re talking about,” said Cargill. “Oh, ‘she could be asian!’ Asian? She could be Japanese, she could be Indian, really? The levels of cultural sensitivity around this thing is, everyone is staking out their one particular place and not realizing that every single thing here is a losing proposition.”
“There’s not a lot of talk about, ‘oh man, they took away the job from a guy and gave it to a woman.’ Everybody kind of pats us on the back for that and scold us for her not being Tibetan,” he said. “And that’s just the way it’s going to go. We knew that the Social Justice Warriors would be angry either way.”
He’s right, you know. He’s right in nearly every respect here. What protesters are upset about is how Tilda Swinton isn’t Asian. But what he also deftly points out is “Asian” can be from any nation in the continent of Asia. In fact since he made the comments above, the blowback has been swift. He tweeted to clarify about the above remarks:
That was just me with my longtime buddies/colleagues chatting on a live stream – hence the strong language. Sorry for any confusion.
— C. Robert Cargill (@Massawyrm) April 25, 2016
Look, in this case, the casting crew faced the legendary scenario of being firmly squeezed between a rock and a hard-nosed feminist. Even if they had cast an “Asian” actor, would it have been the right Asian actor to appease the SJW appetite? Should the casting have gone to an Indian, Japanese, Vietnamese, Taiwanese, Singapore-eese? Singaporian? Sing-a-song-of-six-pence?
That wasn’t racist, Bruce. So sensitive.
You can’t win with these people, that’s the point. A few years ago the left was also upset that Chinese actresses were cast in Memoir of a Geisha when the story was about Japanese women (related Leftists Cry ‘Whitewashing’ Over Scarlett Johansson’s Latest Role. Misses HUGE Ironies…). With the complaint that the racism was in the assumption “all Asian people look the same.” Yet here, the complaint about Tilda Swinton’s character is that she’s not “Asian.” Or the assumption that all Asian people look the same.
Look, is there a legitimate race problem in Hollywood with not having enough “people of color”? Perhaps. But before you jump on the protesting bandwagon, what actor/actress of Tibetan origin can you name? Make sure you don’t just name a random Asian actor, or you’re a racist. Ready, set, go!
Also, politics around or portraying Tibet? Dicey. In fact did you know Brad Pitt was BANNED from China for his role in Seven Years in Tibet? Right. So maybe there are factors to think about other than RAWR RAGE from SJWs.
Here’s a thought. Perhaps Hollywood is trying to make as much money on a movie as it can (Matt Damon says ‘Merit’ is More Important than race. Left Explodes!). So rather than casting for accurate gender/race, they cast based on name recognition. Oh, thought of another one. Cate Blanchett, a woman, played Bob Dylan, a man in the movie I’m Not There. Did anyone care? Morgan Freeman played “Red” in The Shawshank Redemption even though the character in the book was white. Same for Denzel Washington, who played Gray Grantham in The Pelican Brief but the character in the book was white. Seems Hollywood protesters are only protesting if the casting doesn’t go their way, no?
Also, spoiler alert: it’s just a movie. I also bet the bad guy dies at the end.