It's no secret that Hollywood has its fair share of problems when it comes to representation (don't get us started on all the stereotyping and whitewashing). But on the heels of Asian August — named after the success of "Crazy Rich Asians," "Searching," and "To All the Boys I've Loved Before," which all featured Asian leads — it was safe to assume the industry was turning over a new leaf.
But turns out, that was just wishful thinking.
A screenshot of a script shared on Twitter earlier this week showed that Hollywood still has a backward perception of Asian men and interracial relationships, NextShark reports.
Hollywood is poison!!!! pic.twitter.com/TzwVqvDxy6— Joel Kim Booster (@ihatejoelkim) October 14, 2018
"A white girl with an Asian guy might seem highly unrealistic... but this is a movie," the script reads, playing into Hollywood's idea that Asian men are undesirable.
And he wasn't the only one who felt this way. Twitter users were quick to share their own disbelief, including Canadian stars Seth Rogen and Simu Liu.
That's pretty bullshit— Simu Liu (@SimuLiu) October 15, 2018
Filmmaker Jon Lee Brody also chimed in, saying these types of comments aren't uncommon to see in scripts or heard in audition rooms.
Not only is it written in scripts but it's feedback I would get on an audition. Or that I was too tall and you can't have an Asian guy taller than a white lead.— Jon Lee Brody (@JonLeeBrody) October 15, 2018
Hollywood has long perpetuated the stereotype that Asian men are unattractive and undesirable. This is evident by the countless Asian sidekicks seen in film and TV today, and the lack of lead roles available. (According to Teen Vogue, only one per cent of lead roles went to Asian Americans in 2016.)
Considering these facts, one Twitter user responded to the script by poking fun at Hollywood's history with whitewashing.
That's OK because when it actually gets to screen they would have changed the Asian guy to a white guy— Debra Stafford (@Debra68not69) October 15, 2018
One of the best responses to the script was from an interracial couple who filmed their WTF reaction on camera. Because couples consisting of Asian men and white women DO exist!
As further proof, here are a few of our favourite famous Asian men and their white partners:
Kumail Nanjiani & Emily V. Gordon
Charles Melton & Camila Mendes
Dewey Do & Bobby Berk
Andrew Phung & Tamara Sharpe
Sendhil Ramamurthy & Olga Sosnovska
Hollywood better take note!
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