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05 May 2008 @ 04:51 pm
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Haven't we made any progress in Hollywood? Why do they think it's necessary to take a true story about Asian Americans and make the leads in the movie white? If you would have preferred that they cast authentically to reflect the true life people's race and ethnicity, let them know. The movie in question is "21."

Full story on Margaret Cho's blog.

Outraged? Here's the info:

Contact Information Sony Pictures
Address: 10202 W. Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232
Phone: 310-244-4000
Fax: 310-244-2626

Key People
• Co-Chairman and CEO: Michael M. Lynton
• Co-Chairman; Chairman, Motion Picture Group: Amy Pascal
• EVP and CFO: David Hendler

This movie: Dana Brunetti and Michael De Luca, producers, Robert Luketic, director

While we vote with our ticket dollars, let's tell them WHY.
A radiant bundle of fascinating contradictions: dollardalbino83 on May 6th, 2008 12:59 am (UTC)
There was so much about that movie that was changed from the original story. For instance, there was no sinister teacher showing them a system to beat the casino. They didn't use strippers to cash out chips. They didn't get beat up by bouncers. They didn't linger winning tens of thousands of dollars at one casino. I think it shouldn't be billed as "based on a true story" at all.
Tapatitapati on May 6th, 2008 07:35 pm (UTC)
Of course they had to sensationalize it to death as well as make the leads more palatable for the audience. Though I think they'd be surprised at how much of a non-issue it would really be to just make the actors reflect the real people. I think Hollywood thinks we are dumber and more racist than we really are.
litlebananalitlebanana on May 6th, 2008 01:58 am (UTC)
I wasn't angry when I found out they replaced the real life Asians in the story with white people, but I was really disappointed. I think that could have made the movie way better... as it was, I had no interest. I think they missed an opportunity. Seriously, there are a lot of Asian guys out there who are really HOT, but I never see hot Asian guys on TV/movies.
Tapatitapati on May 6th, 2008 07:33 pm (UTC)
Yeah they are missing an opportunity. We get to see very few Asian Americans in tv or movies unless we give them an accent...a notable exception is Law and Order SVU, which has two recurring male Asian American roles. :)

There has long been a problem in Hollywood with respect to race and even things like disability--the disabled community complains that there are actors who could portray many of the roles of disabled people yet Hollywood persists in even secondary roles being filled mostly by able-bodied people.

And of course the most famous Asian who didn't get a role because they gave it to a white guy was Bruce Lee, who tried out for the role of Kwai Chang Caine and got beat out by David Carradine.
3treekisser: Scorpion3treekisser on May 6th, 2008 02:54 am (UTC)
The rest of the world is used to it. *shrug*
Tapatitapati on May 6th, 2008 07:33 pm (UTC)
That's sad...and wrong.