The Guardian – A chorus of outrage followed the release on Thursday of the first trailer for The Great Wall, a fantasy adventure set in China more than 1,000 years ago, which stars the white Hollywood star Matt Damon in the lead role. Damon’s plays a soldier in ancient China in The Great Wall, an English-language film directed by Zhang Yimou and set for release in February 2017.
Constance Wu, the star of comedy show Fresh off the Boat, posted a statement on Twitter that lambasted the “racist myth that [only a] white man can save the world”.
The popular blog Angry Asian Man called the movie “the latest movie in the grand cinematic tradition of the Special White Person,” adding, “you can set a story anywhere in the world, in any era of history, and Hollywood will still somehow find a way for the movie to star a white guy.”
The Taiwanese-American actress criticized various justifications for the paucity of starring roles for Asians in Hollywood. “Money is the lamest excuse in the history of being human. So is blaming the Chinese investors,” she wrote.
“Remember, it’s not about blaming individuals … Rather, it’s about pointing out the repeatedly implied racist notion that white people are superior to POC [people of color] and that POC need salvation from our own color via white strength.” … Click here for more www.theguardian.com