Next: What audiences need to know
Ghost in the Shell and Doctor Strange act as microcosms for everything discussed in this interview. Both films address two sides to the Asian representation issue; whitewashing and erasure. But while many have joined with Asian Americans in protesting these films, there are still many others who either don’t understand the issues or feel like the outrage is a threat. For too many, the controversy surrounding these films is just “Social Justice Warrior” meddling.
The controversies are far from meddling; it’s a call to action from a marginalized group to be represented accurately and with respect. For too long, that cry has gone unheard, but finally, and slowly, more and more ears are picking up on it. However, instead of a non-Asian voice summing up what the fight means to Asian Americans, here they are in their own words.
Lee: “The passion of fans come from the purest place. Listen to the fans. The fans bash Hollywood for whitewashing The Last Air Bender and Ghost in the Shell. Why doesn’t Hollywood listen?”
Jackson: “I think some entertainment fans need to understand that not everyone is equally, accurately, and positively represented in media. Marginalized groups are always portrayed in stereotypical roles while white characters are allowed to be multi-dimensional protagonists. All we want is equal representation.”