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Soo Hyun (Claudia Kim) shares thoughts on the racism controversy for her role in 'Fantastic Beasts 2'

Soo Hyun (Claudia Kim)
Soo Hyun (Claudia Kim) shared her opinion on the controversy surrounding her role in 'Fantastic Beasts 2: The Crimes of Grindelwald.'

Scriptwriter JK Rowling received backlash and was accused of being racist for making an Asian actress play the villainous role of Nagini in the new film. In response to the issue, JK Rowling provided an explanation. However, the criticism continued. 

On October 23, Claudia Kim was interviewed at a theater in Seoul. Regarding the racism controversy, Claudia Kim said, "It was unexpected," and explained, "When I found out that I'm playing Nagini, I thought it was meaningful because it's an important character in the 'Harry Potter' series. 'Harry Potter' is a franchise film with many caucasian actors, so I thought many Korean viewers would be happy."

Claudia Kim, who has already watched the completed film, added, "I'm looking forward to viewers being satisfied and the controversy fading away once the film premieres. I don't perceive such controversy solely in a negative way. I believe changes can be made by giving attention to an Asian's promotions (like this) and through the people that look into such issues."

She also shared, "I think Nagini should've been played by an Asian. Scriptwriter JK Rowling probably searched for an Asian actress because she researched the origin of Nagini. I'm not sure if it's just my pride, but I think I was able to bring out a different vibe as a Korean in Hollywood where there are many Korean Americans."

Lastly, Claudia Kim emphasized, "The scriptwriter is good at giving a twist to a story. She's able to bring out a new side through an unexpected character. Also, this film was directed by director David Yates who has taken charge of the 'Harry Potter' series multiple times. He's knowledgeable about the original series as much as the writer so I followed him with trust."

Meanwhile, 'Fantastic Beasts 2: The Crimes of Grindelwald' will be released in theaters on November 16. 
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VenusMiranda 22 days ago 5
22 days ago

The character was always inspired by an asian creature, nothing more accurate than being played by an asian actress

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Nova_REMIX 21 days ago 4
21 days ago

Didn’t it come from INDIA though? So like, an Indian actress could certainly play the role. And there are many EXCELLENT Indian actresses that are qualified to play the role. Furthermore, this just enforced orientalism. That’s the major part of the controversy. People just say “They’re all Asian. Who gives a fuck about looking into the cultures and see how each one is different? A naga’s from Asia therefore an East Asian will suffice.” And Claudia’s/Soo Hyun’s words are so tone deaf.

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Soopa_Koopa 21 days ago 3
21 days ago

I don't know if the historical origins are from India, but JK Rowling claims she got the idea from the Indonesian mythology of the Naga. I heard she originally contacted an Indoneisan actress to play Nagini, but she declined as she was pregnant at the time.

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Ilovev 22 days ago 1
22 days ago

I hate how people take things SO seriously. Obviously she didn't have a problem with it and neither should we. People think to deep about things. If the snake had been played by an African American people also would have found some way to call it racist. I hope we learn to be more positive and not always jump to the worst possible answer, no matter the race.


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walkertexasrange 22 days ago 0
22 days ago

I agree.

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partyfan2013 22 days ago 1
22 days ago
Uhhhh, let's just go out on a limb here and say that it sure was completely uncalled for on so many levels for all of those overly sensitive crybabies to call out the movie's casting for the villain for no got damn reason at all. If they don't like it, then they really shouldn't even bother thinking about going to their favorite movie theater and see the film when it comes out next month. And that's most definitely the absolute end of that. Yet again, we got way much bigger things to worry about in this basically crazy world of ours.
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Ilovev 22 days ago 0
22 days ago

I have never agreed more with anyone in my life.

#KeepPreaching

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dooda 22 days ago 1
22 days ago

I noticed that people who get offended are those who has nothing to do with the issue to begin with

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Donna_Dash 22 days ago 0
22 days ago

Yup most of them were not asian (even tho an asian american started the uproar.

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Anpanman 22 days ago 4
22 days ago

My biggest problem with the entire thing is JRowling acting all smug, woke and pretending she had asian woman!nagini idea years ago~, like she is now saying that Hermione may be a black woman, and her Dumbledore's sexuality reveal only after the last book came out. Like what's next? Harry's being trans?

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Ah_Chuu 22 days ago 2
22 days ago

To be fair, I doubt she would ever have been allowed to directly say Dumbledore was gay in the books back when they were published. It was a different world back then and even now people get up in arms about ~exposing children to this stuff~ as if saying Dumbledore was attracted to men would somehow be more scarring than going through the allusions to Harry's sexual feelings about Ginny... anyway let's go right back to forgetting that ever happened.


So yeah, I'm willing to accept that there were some things she intended to be canon from the start and she shared those things in the only way she could. But she really has been drinking her own Kool-Aid for a while now. At some point she realised a large portion of her audience grew up to become armchair activists and I guess she likes thinking her writing is some sort of Bible for them. The fact is a lot of people are still obsessed with HP because they haven't actually read any books since. They're trend-followers, and being Internet woke is the hottest trend this decade. Maybe once they turn on JKR enough times she'll get her humility back and stop embarrassing herself...

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Anpanman 22 days ago 1
22 days ago

Okay, I can accept the part about Dumbledore, but it's 2018 now and the movies aren't willing to spell it out either, we're going to get a scene of his staring in the mirror and seeing his implied crush~ While straight couples will be making out, like.. at least say it out loud? And JKR thinks that's enough.

I'm not asking for gay porn on screen, the only thing I want is for JKR to stop pretending to be some kind of woke queen and making shit up for ~representation points~, I'd rather have none of that, instead of her embarrassing herself because she's into pretending she's been ~WoKe and smart~ all along these days, and her dumb fans eating this shit up. I don't even think she's doing it solely to please her fans, I won't be surprised that she's really thinks of herself like that.

Nah, I doubt she'll stop doing this any time soon, a lot of her sane fans have been calling her out on this and she either blocks them or likes the tweets shading the people who call her out (not sure if the second part is true bc I've stopped following her ass a long time ago).

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Ah_Chuu 22 days ago 0
22 days ago
I don't follow her any more either but I do like to keep track of her antics for a laugh. At one point in the last year she was smugly retweeting all these people claiming HP had something profound to say about the rise of Trump. Then someone pointed out you could just as easily put Trump in the position of Harry or Sirius as Voldemort and she was maaaaad.

I do defend her initial revelation about Dumbledore but that's as far as I'm willing to go, I think you're spot-on with the rest. Gay couples should be getting the same treatment on screen as straight couples, and if someone has decided that's too risky for the movie then JKR should be the one calling that out if she really wants to be a progressive icon. She has the power now to create whatever she wants on her own terms, and she doesn't need anyone's money.

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Donna_Dash 22 days ago 0
22 days ago

I agree! She seems to have been in an echo room filled with her biggest supporters for so long that she is starting to believe all the praise. And of course she following the trend as well to please her fans.

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shakesmilk 22 days ago 1
22 days ago

Imagine if it was a caucasian actor that played Nagini. That would have been an even bigger problem. Nagini is essentially an Asian character so the fact that there was a controversy over it was ridiculous.

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hiroonakamura 21 days ago 0
21 days ago

i think the controversy is about an east asian actress playing the role of what people assume is an south asian (india) character.

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melon 22 days ago 6
22 days ago

Lol ppl are crazy I don't even understand why they bother answering to those trolls.

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Anpanman 22 days ago 5
22 days ago

Bc she basically becomes Voldy's slave aka an asian woman is treated like a thing by a white man. And doesn't like one of the characters keep milking her

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Friendlyquark 22 days ago 2
22 days ago

Who says she's his slave? How does he treat her like a thing? To be honest, Nagini in the books seems to be one of the few beings that Voldemort actually cares about. Yes, he made her a horcrux. He put a part of his own soul inside of her. He's the only person in the world she can talk to when she goes fully snake, as he's the only parseltongue in existence until Harry gets that power. She sticks with the only person she can communicate with, even though he's not a good guy. I'd say she's a woman in an abusive relationship, rather than a slave.

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Soopa_Koopa 21 days ago 1
21 days ago

You have no idea what you're talking about and it's clear you're just bandwagoning on this hate train. Peter Pettigrew, a white man, was treated more like a slave than Nagini. Every single deatheater was a slave to Voldemort if you want to look at it like that. Voldemort trusted Nagini and she is the ONLY living thing that Voldemort treats with respect.


The Dark Arts advises that you DO NOT make a living object a Horcrux, as it has a higher chance of being destroyed. The fact that Voldemort knew this and still made Nagini a Horcrux speaks about how much he truly respects her power and intelligence. Nagini was supposed to be the EASIEST to kill according to Dark Arts book, yet she was the very last Hocrux to get destroyed.


So again, please do research before you start spouting ignorance just because other ignorant people are mad too.

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Anpanman 21 days ago 0
21 days ago

Halp, she literally has a blood curse that makes her lose her true self/humanity, so she becomes an animal. He can respect her as his pet/animal but Human!Nagini is gone.

As for that, so what? He also made harry one of his horcruxes even though it wasn't by choice.

As I've already said, there's no hate bandwaggon, I don't even care about this controversy, I just loath the fact that JKR is pretending she thought of this years ago, when she's obviously bullshitting. And ofc the dumb fans who fall for this and praise how smart and progressive she is aren't better. That's it.

And what kind of ReSeArch I'm supposed to do before posting about harry potter? I have a right to voice my dissatisfaction about the changes to canon of the books I once loved.

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methodman88 22 days ago 0
22 days ago

I thought Fantastic Beasts 1 was alright, can't wait to see number 2, didn't even know about this controversy. The thing is racism is portrayed in movies all the time, intended or non-intended (Non-intended in this scenario would mean the interpretation of something that wasn't supposed to be racist into however the person conveying the message perceived the notion of the scenario at hand.) I would more align this controversy to sexism - a woman portraying a snake as a snake is perceived as treacherous being, and then also becoming the pet of a man.


But Nagini is a female with asian roots to begin with, in the story, and therefore that's why the character is an asian female in human form. A Maledictus cursed to transform into a snake. A Maledictus being a female individual who was a carrier of a blood curse that would eventually lead her to turn into a beast permanently. The curse was carried from birth and was passed down from mother to daughter. The beast ultimately transformed into could vary based on the curse.

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walkertexasrange 22 days ago 0
22 days ago

People are so over sensitive these days and this gener

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primazaza 22 days ago 0
22 days ago

She has probably one of the best character to play in the movie. I don't care about this stupid controversy, I just want to know more about Nagini character

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SongKaixi 22 days ago 0
22 days ago

Sorry, but I'm one of the few people who doesn't support this. It's not that she isn't a talented actress, but it does feel like choosing her was a cop out decision. Yes it is nice to finally have some Asian representation in a movie, but it's meaningless when Korean culture isn't directly connected to it. Ultimately it will eventually lead to more generalizations about all Asian cultures being the same. Something that absolutely annoys the crap out of me.

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nekoabc 22 days ago 0
22 days ago

errr isn't the problem is which asian country picked for the character, not why it must be asian... I thought it was controversial because they pick the wrong nation, not because of it is being played by asian instead of other races.

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tubhnubqub3 22 days ago 0
22 days ago

ho the fuck cares? She wants to earn more money, so got cast in a Hollywood movie... Good for her, now she can show asians are also really good at acting and not just action.

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bangeryun94 22 days ago 0
22 days ago

Claudia is a perfect and beautiful Nagini.

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bizarresone101 22 days ago 0
22 days ago

I for one, cant wait for the movie!!!

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aloraiscool 22 days ago 0
22 days ago

So if She doesn't have a problem, neither should we....

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18 days ago

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MK_Zi 20 days ago 0
20 days ago

racism is an issue but if everyone blows everything up over anything related to race/color/culture. Maybe we all should go back to our respective country by race. Sure there always going to be stereotypes, but everyday I live and travel seeing people of all colors and language. It's just everyday living. Racism will never end cause of stupid issues like these. And if something is seem as racist. Instead of straight calling it racism and make it a huge deal. how about they educate people instead of trying to cause a riot.

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GirlIsNoOne 21 days ago 0
21 days ago

if it is produced by netfilx then nagini would be a black girl, then would anyone say it racism?

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dancingbella23 21 days ago 0
21 days ago

honestly in this state of Hollywood right now, I think it's great that more and more Asians are given screen time. We should be applauding this!

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pink_oracle 21 days ago 0
21 days ago

You don't give Asian's acting roles and people get upset, you give Asian's acting roles but they're the wrong sort so people get upset. There is no winning.

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Soopa_Koopa 21 days ago 0
21 days ago

I can only speak for Koreans, but I think it's so stupid that people are mad at this and the ones that are mad have no idea about the lore and story of Nagini. They see Nagini simply as a slave that did nothing but get bossed around, so that alone proves they know nothing about Nagini and they just WANT to create drama without doing research.


The only people who have a right to get offended are Indonesians since JK Rowling said she got the Naga idea from Indonesia (origins may be from India though idk). That being said, the directors apparently reached out to an Indonesian actress first to play Nagini, but she was pregnant and turned it down. Knowing all this, I can easily understand how they ultimately chose an Asian woman to play this character, especially since JK says Indonesia is full of many different races. I don't know how diverse Indonesia truly is, but I have a Korean friend who was born in Indonesia, so I'm assuming it's true.

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eirayza 22 days ago 0
22 days ago

I think it's the other way around? People are so against her playing as Nagini because she's Asian. But as JK Rowling explained, Nagini is a mythical creature in many Asian stories. The character was originally offered to a Vietnamese actress being true to the nature of the character but she got pregnant so Claudia Kim was the next choice. The ones complaining are the racist. They even go as far as saying Claudia being Korean was casted because of the Hallyu wave whatsoever. Nagini played a huge part in Voldemort's life more than anything, it's an honor to play the human form of Nagini.

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Barri 22 days ago 0
22 days ago

Probably just some bored Twitter losers who complained.


I loved the first one, looking forward to this one. It's a great a cast.

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KoreanGANGSTA 22 days ago 0
22 days ago

I thought that was Sunmi in the thumbnail.

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22 days ago

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22 days ago

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DDM1112 21 days ago 0
21 days ago

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22 days ago

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