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Constance Wu Calls Out 'The Great Wall' Film for Whitewashing

“We have to stop perpetuating the racist myth that only a white man can save the world.”

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Constance Wu Calls Out 'The Great Wall' Film for Whitewashing

“We have to stop perpetuating the racist myth that only a white man can save the world.”

Taiwanese-American actress Constance Wu has spoken out against the upcoming film The Great Wall for whitewashing. Learning that Matt Damon has been hired to be the protagonist of the film, Wu took to Twitter to express her disappointment: “We have to stop perpetuating the racist myth that [only a] white man can save the world. Our heroes don’t look like Matt Damon. They look like Malala. Gandhi. Mandela.”

Wu also challenges the idea that movies casting actors of color are generally unprofitable, as she points out: “Think only a huge movie star can sell a movie? That has never been a total guarantee. Why not try to be better? If white actors are forgiven for having a box office failure once in a while, why can’t a PoC sometimes have one? And how cool would it be if you were the movie that took the ‘risk’ to make a PoC as your hero, and you sold the shit out of it? The whole community would be celebrating! So make that choice.”

You can read Wu’s argument in full from her tweet below:

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