The Ancient One

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There is a serious issue with whitewashing in cinema at the minute. Scarlett Johansson and Natalie Dormer have been the actors whose roles have most recently been pushed into contention as they both take on roles originally written for Japanese characters. Even more recently, Marvel have found themselves accused of whitewashing in their upcoming movie starring Benedict Cumberbatch Doctor Strange. But it is not the protagonist that the issue is with, this time it is Tilda Swinton’s character The Ancient One that has been accused of being wrongly cast. The question here is, have Marvel made the right choice in their casting and is that choice justified? Earlier today Marvel released a statement regarding their stance on the issue of Tilda Swinton‘s role… (more…)

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White-washing. In these racial charged times in Hollywood, especially following the #OscarsSoWhite protest earlier this year, the blowback flared up again with two specific pieces of news last week: the first look at Scarlett Johansson in Ghost in the Shell, and the appearance of Tilda Swinton as the Ancient One in the Doctor Strange trailer. On the subject of the latter, the film’s screenwriter spoke on the matter in a recent interview comparing the situation to Star Trek’s classic no-win scenario, the Kobayashi Maru. Sure, Marvel whitewashed an Asian character, but a particularly stereotypical Asian character from a political *ahem* tricky area. (more…)