Modern Day Yellowface in Cloud Atlas
aka: “Um, excuse me, but your fake slanty eyelid was applied crooked.”
and also: Why hire Asian American men when we can put white guys in yellowface?
as well as: Warner Bros trying to be all “edgy” and “diverse” in the trailer by making the only Asian actors sexualized voiceless clones.
maybe: Someone needs to tell Jim Sturgess (21) to stop trying to become the most famous young white actor with the most high profile whitewashed/yellowface roles
and because someone is going to say it: It doesn’t matter if it is “artistic” and putting the Asian actress in whiteface doesn’t even things out when you have a fistful of white guys in yellowface as the only representation of Asian men.
why not: Hire a well known Korean American hapa actor like Daniel Henney, the same way you hired Halle Berry, if you really wanted to “go there”?
how much: Money did you spend on make up and why do all these “Asian” guys have hooded monolids? Because they look terrible.
last word: This is from the same studio that wanted to whitewash Akira, Death Note, Bleach, and cast Tom Cruise as a 16 year old Japanese mecha driver in All You Need is Kill/We Heroes All. And then put several Asian male characters in yellowface.
easier: To come up with excuses to defend this rather than examine how practices like this perpetuate racism and discrimination.
(Someone please turn creepy Elrond in yellowface into a meme.)