jasperbat

jasperbat:

esteemsters:

My fun-zine about cultural appropriation for my North American Asian Feminisms class. :3

You realize that the reason the actors in Cloud Atlas were in Yellow Face was because they reused the same actors for all of the time periods. They had Halle Berry as a latina, an Indian woman, and an old Korean man. They had asian actresses as white women. I don’t think that movie is a good example.

It’s a good example for all the reasons you just listed.  I understand the reasoning behind the casting choices, but 1) you can’t sell me fucking Agent Smith as a Asian man, and 2) the make-up is prosthetic and absurd.  I trust that an audience is intelligent enough to follow character continuity without the use of culturally appropriative make-up.  

If you want to read an Asian male commentary on this particular film: 

"You have to ask yourself: Would the directors have used blackface on a white actor to play Gyasi’s role?” asked Aoki, referring to David Gyasi, the freed slave in the film. I don’t think so: That would have outraged African American viewers. But badly done yellowface is still OK.”


Read more at ONTD: http://ohnotheydidnt.livejournal.com/73058222.html?thread=12882227118#ixzz2zIaxWLOv