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John Cho's face is plastered all over movie posters to protest 'whitewashing' in Hollywood

By jubilantj   Tuesday, May 10, 2016   57,413   428   293



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Korean American actor John Cho as British Secret Service agent James Bond? What, you mean you can't picture that? Kind of like Scarlett Johansson's casting as the star in 'Ghost In The Shell?'

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William Yu is a 25-year-old digital strategist with Photoshop skills. He took it upon himself to put John Cho's face on numerous Hollywood posters to protest the whitewashing in  Hollywood. Yes, I get that Cho's edited faces plastered on movie posters are meant to protest an industry that is grievously lacking an Asian presence. It certainly is a lighthearted, humorous jab at a deep-seated, complicated issue...but something tells me it's going to take more than a bunch of photoshopped pictures and a fleeting trend (#STARRINGJOHNCHO) on social media to uproot and change the whole system. 

Still, the pictures are pretty hilarious and hopefully it will bring more awareness to the issue. Somebody's got some awesome photoshop skills and you can visit the website here

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nufazhou Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Waah.. a japanese character OR asian character is replace by american, another switching races in hollywood again. This is like watch zuko character is played by Dev Patel in The Last Airbender. i think the Hollywood movie maker need to receive GEOGRAPHY lesson, so they can know that ASIA has many races and colors!

crossroads nufazhou Friday, May 13, 2016

"i think the Hollywood movie maker need to receive GEOGRAPHY lesson, so they can know that ASIA has many races and colors!" Dev Patel is of Indian descent, India is part of Asia. Why did you pick him out of all the other characters? At least he is asian, unlike the the Lead characters who are white.

nufazhou crossroads Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Im a big fan of Avatar the legend of Aang and i really dissapointed with all the cast... All of them were miscasted. Even Aang is a woman where HE is a man in the Original Story... Im sorry, i did not mentioned it completely...

imatroll (Banned) Wednesday, May 11, 2016

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gzd132  imatroll (Banned) Wednesday, May 11, 2016

That is not the right mind set *facepalm* If we ever want "racial equality" in the Entertainment industry that type of mindset doesn't help. But, whatever, it's your choice *sighs* Nice name btw ;)

martianonearth Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Koreans using Korean star to promote their culture using asians support... very smart

JennY_NG martianonearth Wednesday, May 11, 2016

It's not about promoting their culture, it's about how many potentional Asian actors miss their chance because Hollywood only give the main casts to white people in general. And obviously it's natural to use a star from same country, if I was the one photoshppped it the first in my mind would be anyone from my country.

martianonearth JennY_NG Thursday, May 12, 2016

Korean are the most racist poeple ! They are more anti chinese and japanese than americans. that dude , john cho don't even have charisma, there is no fuking expression in his eyes... I don't undertsand the denial of lack of charisma in many koreans actor or singers... they might look attractive for teenage girls, but for Western taste, there no nothing attractive at all. Only few Asians have the Universal Charisma, with universal beauty, and the facial expression of a universal actor !

gigi9 Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Yeah we all know that Hollywood is whitewashed it's not a new thing, the poked jokes and spoke a lot about this in the last Oscars

ajstew Wednesday, May 11, 2016

For any movie that has a lead actor, there are so many actors who are rejected the parts, whether they are Asian, white or black.  The simple truth is, it isn't easy in Hollywood to get selected for big movies.  I like John Cho a lot, but there are also many other actors I like a lot who don't get parts or leading roles.  It isn't a race issue; it is simply hard to become an established actor and people toil for years and never get the 'big' roles.  Jon Cho by accounts has had a good career by any standard, Asian or otherwise.  Perhaps he was type casted due to his choosing 'Howard and Kumar' as his main vehicle?  Sometimes your choices in film limit your options, and maybe his limited his options.

gzd132 ajstew Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Nah, it's just nepotism in the film industry. If you don't know someone you will most likely never get the role. So in that sense, it really is difficult to get selected in a 'big move.' However, race still is an important factor and for you to say it isn't... Well it is. Because, people subconsciously choose who they want to associate with based on the (socially constructed) notion of race. It's an unfortunate part of human society. Anyways... going off topic.

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Kpopgurl82  nite0wl (Banned) Wednesday, May 11, 2016

i liked Rain in ninja Assassin

JennY_NG  nite0wl (Banned) Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Not really, there are many Asian-American actors in Hollywood.. Yet they always cast white people. Even Jackie Chan has brought this issue before about hollywood whitewashing..

gzd132  nite0wl (Banned) Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Yes you are absolutely right. Language is a big part of the cultural disparities (especially in the entertainment industry). Also if a language isn't spoken as a standard variant (ie. mainstream culture usually of higher class society) it becomes stigmatized and looked down upon. For example accents can cause a stigma on a language. As well as using slang constantly. It is looked down upon in work place environments, people are expected to "speak properly" But the question is, what is proper speech? Anyways going back to the topic at hand. Because of the fact that after 14 years old, anyone who learns another language will have an accent, this can cause problems to Korean actors who have learned english after that age. A native Korean actor who wants to play an english role in a movie and hasn't learnt english from a young age, will have an accent. The problem with the entertainment industry is the mindset that they have to follow “mainstream ideals” which include this idea of “proper english.” IMO it’s pretty awful.

cococcchanel Wednesday, May 11, 2016

I think most of these posters where photoshopped really well, and I can imagine John Cho as a character in many of them. And I wish Hollywood would give minorities more central roles to present diversity and more relatability for a much larger audience.

yup_yup_aish Wednesday, May 11, 2016

totally dont get article, anyone willing to nicely explain go ahead, anyone suffering from viciousness can bug off. isn't this like white people complaining about the lack of white actors in asian movies... or is this a different type of issue?

nanuk yup_yup_aish Wednesday, May 11, 2016

I haven't heard white people complaining that there are not enough white actors in Asian movies tbh. Realistically, it's a work by a minority group and it would be nice for said minority group to act in it. But in this case the unjust of it all is mostly heightened because the makeup artists actually tried to make the chosen white actors look Asian, but it didn't work as well as they wanted to they scrapped the idea.

nanuk Wednesday, May 11, 2016

so they scrapped *

yup_yup_aish nanuk Wednesday, May 11, 2016

i meant if it equalled to that if white people began complaining about not being in asian movies- not stating that they are..XD. but if thats the case as you mentioned, that is highly stupid, one is not casting someone if he/she doesnt fit the character described, but if the character is described as asian, and still choosing white actors instead of the few asian actors is very ignorant thing to do. the only pass i would give, if those asian actors were given a chance to audition, and failed purely based on not being able to play the role well.

nanuk yup_yup_aish Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Right! But I don't think that's what happened purely because Scarlett Johansson is quite a large name; she likely didn't audition or, if she did, had been specifically asked to (indicating that the casting director already wanted her to act). Hopefully, even if it doesn't happen here, directors start casting the correct races for characters who already exist in cartoon, animated (etc) form. ^~^

yup_yup_aish nanuk Wednesday, May 11, 2016

fair point. Big name actors probably often receive the casting offers, rather than have to go specifically audition. Yes, as how can they showcase their talents, if no-one is giving them a chance to do it.

ilikeJB Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Harold and Kumar did very well though. It is tough in hollywood since the majority of audience is of white race, thus the tendency to cast white people is high for the obvious reason. I don't know if this would make any difference but its nice to see someone actually trying to make a difference.

methodman88 Wednesday, May 11, 2016

In the end, it is up to the production team of the movie to decide who they want in their movie is it not? If you go by the story, most usually the person is Caucasian. Aloha is definitely whitewashing as the character of Emma Stone was supposed to be Asian. I couldn't agree more that an Asian person or African American person or whatever could play half of these roles. Even the gender pay gap is different between man/woman.

ilikeJB methodman88 Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Actually I know one guy who is exactly like Emma's character, Asian Hawaiian American but looks totally white. Keanu Reeves.

methodman88 ilikeJB Wednesday, May 11, 2016

On outward appearances he looks Caucasian more thank anything else. Even he played a Japanese guy in his movie 47 Ronin.

ilikeJB methodman88 Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Doesn't change the fact that he still is Asian, Hawaiian and White. His outward appearances is totally whitr but he is part Chinese, part Hawaiian and part white. Which goes back to Emma's character, there are asian hawaiians that looked Caucasian and the director intended the character looking like a caucasian while being Asian Hawaiian. The director put his experience on screen and the only thing people say is "She's not Asian". What would people like Keanu who have Chinese blood feel like then? He's not Asian just because he doesn't look like it. Its the same with Miss Japan who is told she is not Japanese because she doesn't look like it. Appropriation is very sensitive to the people with mix heritage.

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