|Manthan Chheda |||Aug 01, 2016 03:06 AM EDT|
(Photo : Getty Images) Actress Constance Wu attends the Entertainment Weekly & People Upfronts party 2016 at Cedar Lake on May 16, 2016 in New York City.
Actress Constance Wu has called out Matt Damon's sci-fi monster flick "The Great Wall" for being "racist" and whitewashing heroism.
The "Fresh Off the Boat" actress took to Twitter on Friday to express her displeasure over the upcoming Zhang Yimou-directed Chinese-American production, which stars Damon as a European mercenary who joins an elite army of Chinese warriors to battle against ancient monsters.
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"We have to stop perpetuating the racist myth that a only white man can save the world," the American-Taiwanese actress wrote. "It's not based on actual fact. Our heroes don't look like Matt Damon. They look like Malala. Ghandi. Mandela. Your big sister when she stood up for you to those bullies that one time."
The 33-year-old added that excuses for the lack of diversity in the film like money or the need to please Chinese investors were "lame." Wu said that "whitewashed" films like "The Great Wall" these portray white people as a more superior race than the POC.
"It's about pointing out the repeatedly implied racist notion that white people are superior to POC and that POC need salvation from our own color via white strength," she said. "When you consistently make movies like this, you are saying that... Whether you intend to or not."
Wu went on to point out that the POC have their own strengths and their own stories to tell and should not have to depend on a white actor to be rescued.
She also noted that a big name movie star will not always guarantee success and films should instead run the risk of using a POC as the main hero and then sell the movie aggressively.
Wu added that the even if the film bombed at the box-office, it would gain a great deal of respect, which according to her is more valuable than money.
Read Wu's full post below:
Can we all at least agree that hero-bias & "but it's really hard to finance" are no longer excuses for racism? TRY pic.twitter.com/mvNet5PrtH
— Constance Wu (@ConstanceWu) July 29, 2016
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