Comments allegedly made by a Hollywood casting director describing Asian people as, “a challenge to cast” have sparked an international response on social media.
According to Paste Magazine, sociologist Nancy Wang Yuen was told by a Hollywood casting director that employing non-white actors was "a challenge" because they're “not very expressive.”
“I work with a lot of different people, and Asians are a challenge to cast because most casting directors feel as though they’re not very expressive,” they told Yuen, as reported by Paste Magazine.
This has led to a huge social media response with thousands of Twitter users posting series of photos of themselves showing various emotions with the hashtag #ExpressiveAsians.
Whitewashing controversy in Hollywood isn't new, there was backlash with the casting of Scarlett Johansson in Ghost in the Shell this year and Ed Skrein recently stepped down from his role in the Hellboy reboot after acknowledging he was cast in a Japanese-American role.
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