Believe it or not, Asian actors/Asian American actors can also be talented! WHOA.
Tumblr user jhenne-o-lantern, in response to this argument defending whitewashing and casting white actors to play Asian roles:
”if I were a casting director, or script writer or anyone else who would get some input into who’s cast, I wouldn’t cast based on how well you resembled the character being portrayed, I’d much rather have good actors who can show emotion through film and tug at heartstrings and just over all play the role well.”
Media consumers often accept this use without examining the underlying premise: That if this is actually how casting operates, then Asian American actors must be inherently not as well equipped as white actors—to the point that white actors are considered to be better at showing emotion than Asian actors and better representing Asian characters than actual Asians are.
Anyone who uses this argument to justify whitewashing is also implicitly putting down all Asian American actors as inferior to white actors like Jim Sturgess, Justin Chatwin, David Carradine, etc.