HOLLYWOOD, California ( The Adobo Chronicles) – Frustrated that their protest about the casting of Emma Stone as a quarter Chinese and quarter Hawaiian in the film, ‘Aloha’ is not getting as much mileage as they had hoped, Asian American groups are turning the heat on international beauty pageants to make their point.
The groups are crying ‘foul’ about director-writer Cameron Crowe’s decision to cast a red-haired, blue-eyed white actress to play the half Asian-Hawaiian and part Swedish Allison Ng in the film.
In a joint press statement issued today, the groups likened Stone’s casting to:
2014 Miss World from the Philippines, Megan Young, who looks more Caucasian than Filipino and whose name is anything but Filipino.
2015 Miss Universe-Japan, Ariana Miyamoto, whose features are more black than Japanese (Miyamoto was born to a Japanese mother and a black father).
2015 Miss Universe-Philippines, Pia Wurtzbach who, despite looking like a Filipina, is half-German, as evidenced by her surname.
“It’s about time films and beauty pageants reflect the true features and identities of the characters or contestants they are supposed to ethnically represent,” the groups said.
Neither Crowe nor the pageant organizers could be reached for comment.
HOLLYWOOD, California (The Adobo Chronicles) – “Thank you so much for all the impassioned comments regarding the casting of the wonderful Emma Stone in the part of Allison Ng. I have heard your words and your disappointment, and I offer you a heart-felt apology to all who felt this was an odd or misguided casting choice.”
With those words, ‘Aloha’ director Cameron Crowe appealed to everyone to move onfrom their disappointment that the Ng character in his film wasn’t played by an Asian American actress.
To prove that his apology was sincere, Cameron announced that a sequel to ‘Aloha’ will start filming in Hawaii next month. It will be titled ‘Kilauea.’ The story of the sequel picks up from where ‘Aloha’ left off.
Brian Gilcrest (Bradley Cooper) and Allison Ng (Stone) get married and spend their honeymoon in Hawaii’s Big Island. On the second day of their honeymoon, a major eruption of Kilauea volcano happens, burying the entire resort in which the newly-weds were staying. Only three people in the resort manage to survive the extreme lava flow and fires that ensue: Gilcrest, Ng and Aloha Yamamoto, a half-Japanese and half-Hawaiian who was in Kilauea taking a short vacation from her job as a paramedic in Honolulu.
The events that follow lead to a complicated romantic triage among the film’s main characters.
Cameron expressed confidence that none of the casting controversy in ‘Aloha’ will haunt ‘Kilauea.’
The role of Yamamoto will be played by Korean American film and television actress Sandra Oh.
HOLLYWOOD, California (The Adobo Chronicles) – First, Emma Stone was cast to play Allison Ng, a Hawaiian-Asian character in the newly-released film, ‘Aloha.’ Now, Tilda Swinton is about to play an Asian character in a comic film now in production.
The Oscar-winning actress is poised to star as the Ancient One in the upcoming Marvel superhero film Doctor Strange, despite the character’s originally written gender and ethnicity. The character is supposed to be a 500-year-old Tibetan sorcerer.
While Marvel’s consideration to cast a female as the male Sorcerer Supreme is being praised by some fans of the franchise, others are upset that a white actress has been cast as an Asian character.
In traditional Marvel storylines, the Ancient One was a peaceful male farmer of Asian descent, which Swinton is most certainly not.
Not everyone is offended or upset by this new Hollywood trend of casting white actors to play Asian characters. Asian actors see this as an opportunity for them to be cast as white, blue-eyed and blonde characters.
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