We need to take a step back in the way back machine. Who remembers Marvel Studios’ Writer Tells ‘Whitewashing’ Protestors to Screw Off? Basically Marvel decided there wasn’t enough women in the movie, so they made the Ancient One female and gave the role to Tilda Swinton. You would think SJWs would be happy, but in changing the gender they changed the race too and “whitewashed” the character. Which is problematic, because of how much left coast leftists seem to hate white people lately (see Leftists Now Angry…Because White People Make Too Many Movies).
That brings us to today’s nontroversy. Margaret Cho decided to bring up a conversation she had with Swinton over this totally not frivolous issue. Here’s Cho’s version…
“It was weird because I felt like a house Asian, like I’m her servant,” Cho said. “Like the ones when they have in the raj, they would have the house servant who was your confidante … The servant that was close to you. That’s sort of what I felt like, like I was following her with an umbrella. I had a weird feeling about the entire exchange, especially the part of don’t tell anybody.”
Wow! What a nasty old racist that Tilda Swinton is! Except, of course, that’s not how the conversation went at all. Because when the press reached out to Swinton’s people to ask about how much of a racist that Tilda was, they gleefully made the entire email exchange available. It presented an entirely different version of events. Spoiler alert: Margaret Cho is a lying liar who lies. Swinton? Exudes some A-level class here. The entire email exchange is long, so we encourage you to go to the actual source article we’ve already linked, but here it is again. But here be some of my favorite Swinton highlights:
We’ve never met, but you’ve been in my head for years – I’m a fan.
I want to ask you a favour now which is sprung out of a truly important social conversation but may be heading for some crazy-making shit.
The diversity debate – ALL STRENGTH to it – has come knocking at the door of Marvel’s new movie DR STRANGE.
In which Swinton admits to being a huge fan of Cho and agrees the diversity debate in Hollywood is a good one. I’m going to let you in a secret: the rest of the emails follow the same tone.
But here’s my favorite part from Swinton. She explains that the reason the “Ancient One” isn’t Asian? To shake up all the stereotypes. Yep. The supposed new cause of Hollywood.
With The Ancient One (the ‘wise old Eastern geezer’ Fu Manchu type in the book), wanting to switch up the gender (another diversity department) and not wanting to engage with the old ‘Dragon Lady’ trope, they chose to write the character as being of (ancient) Celtic origin and offered that role to me. Presumably on Ancient grounds. I accepted happily, impressed that, for once, they aimed to disrupt the ‘wisdom must be male’ never-ending story – and, by the way, for once, wanting to feature a woman who’s a badass, over 26 and not simply bursting out of a bikini.
Sorry, but this should be a #girlpower moment, no? Again, the entire exchange is long. These be but my favorite highlights. There’s nowhere in the email exchange (I’ve read them in their entirety) where Swinton treats Cho as a “house Asian” at all. As to the “Don’t tell anybody about this conversation” bit Margaret Cho alludes to in the start of her stupid? I found it for you…
I would really love to hear your thoughts and have a – private – conversation about it. Are you up for this? Can we e-mail?
Response from Margaret:
The larger part of the debate has to do with the ‘whitewashing’ of Asian and Asian Americans in film. Our stories are told by white actors over and over again and we feel at a loss to know how to cope with it.
Protest seems to be the only solution- we just want more representative images of ourselves in film. TV is getting better in terms of diversity but film is lagging behind.
Anyway – hope this helps! We can totally email and we can be private! Best, m
I bolded the key point there. Because Swinton is like “Hey, let’s have a private chat about this issue, actor-to-actor.” In which Cho is all, “Yep, sounds totes kewl to me.” It’s a conversation between two actresses in the same industry. Let’s not spill this over to producers, directors, the press, or your blabber-mouth sister. See if we can get this “diversity” issue in Hollywood discussed.
Another fun part of the email exchange you should read? Where Swinton said she was surprised by the diversity controversy…because she isn’t on social media. Apparently in the real world, none of this actually matters. Who knew?
But seriously though, Tilda Swinton was the definition of understanding, politeness, and respect. There wasn’t an ounce of condescension I could find. Because sorry, “We’re two actresses who share similar concerns. Let’s discuss this further on how to address it” is hardly “go get me some rice” like Margret Cho made it sound like.
So big question. Who of these two actresses is a race-baiting liar with an axe to grind? Or is that a katana? Want to keep my metaphorical weapons diverse. Which of these two actresses is interested in being more respectful and open? Is it the actress who reached out to the other to exchange in dialogue, or is it the actress who tried smearing the other before she got PWND by the email dump?
It’s not a trick question.
Once again, a leftist’s agenda was taken down by emails. Maybe let’s make a movie about that.
Speaking of offensive Asian stereotypes, watch this: