What we learned from Twitter's #whitewashedOUT
Recent Hollywood castings of white actors in ethnic roles prompted a heated discussion on Twitter. As #OscarsSoWhite spoke against the lack of representation for African Americans, #whitewashedOUT objected the decades-long practice of erasing Asians from mainstream media
The statistics are staggering.
Much love & respect to Asian actors sharing their stories here👉 #whitewashedOUT the industry just has to do better pic.twitter.com/MX2UPDKZbW — Pia Glenn (@PiaGlenn) May 3, 2016 ''
And, of course, this systemic racism didn't happen overnight.
When they say profits justify giving white people jobs over Asian people, it is hard to deny racism is systemized by money💵 #whitewashedOUT — Lisa Vikingstad (@LisaVikingstad) May 3, 2016 ''
Is claiming white actors bring more money to the movies, meanwhile Chris Hemsworth has been in more flops than I can count #whitewashedOUT— Valerie Complex (@ValerieComplex) May 3, 2016'
These films were notoriously whitewashed & were box offices flops #whitewashedOUT pic.twitter.com/oFSz9kS2fa — lauren. (@wckdstiles24) May 3, 2016 ''
Lack of representation derails dreams, and silences any critic.
Growing up wishing you were white so you could be characters in stories #whitewashedOUT— Anna Akana (@AnnaAkana) May 3, 2016'
When every little Asian girl's favorite princess is Mulan because she is ALL WE HAVE. #whitewashedOUT — Ju Li K (@Juleshortstuff) May 3, 2016 ''
When the message is that i need to just watch Asian tv and movies and not complain #whitewashedOUT— Gleggie (@GleggieBaby) May 3, 2016'
And it isn't just on the silver screen where the Asian community is drowned out.
#whitewashedOUT includes the music industry. There's little inclusion for Asian musicians in the USA's mainstream pop culture
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Asians are either reduced to minimal or no exposure; or are only painted ethnic when deemed necessary.
why cast an asian woman in an asian role when you could just give becky an angled bob haircut#whitewashedOUT — marvel comics' silk© (@traceyfanclub) May 3, 2016 '
#whitewashedOUT Keanu Reeves is coded white in every movie, until 47 Ronin when suddenly Hollywood cares about his Chinese grandmother.— Fangirl Jeanne (@fangirlJeanne) May 3, 2016'