Another week, another whitewashing controversy to unpack on Hard NOC Life. This time around, we welcome back NOC-favorite director Lexi Alexander and Shaun Lau from the podcast No, Totally! to break down Doctor Strange screenwriter Robert Cargill’s statements about why they whitewashed The Ancient One. They also chat about Keith’s New York Times op-ed and announce the new hashtag campaign #whitewashedOUT.
Topics covered on the show include:
- Why Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson is unfortunately getting caught in the whitewashing crossfire
- Using Chinese/Tibetan politics as an excuse for whitewashing
- The media’s penchant for discussing Asian American issues in the context of China and “yellow peril”
- Why Hollywood should hire people like Shaun and Keith to be on their “diversity task force”
- Which franchises are doing right by casting AAPI leads (Aquaman and Into the Badlands)
- Which directors should take up the cause for including more Asian Americans in their films
- How to take part in the #whitewashedOUT twitter chat with comedian Margaret Cho
All this and more on Hard NOC Life! Watch it on your screen, hit “play,” and check this.