Director Shouldn't Have to Apologize for Casting Emma Stone in 'Asian' Role

Famed director Cameron Crowe is facing some racial backlash, after casting Emma Stone in the role of Allison Ng in his latest flick, Aloha. The character is supposed to be a quarter Chinese, which has prompted criticism that Crowe didn't hire and actress with Asian heritage.

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In the film, Allison has a very diverse ethnic background, with her father being half Chinese and half Hawaiian, and her mother being Swedish. Her ethnicity plays an important part in the movie, especially her Hawaiian heritage.

Crowe apologized on Tuesday for casting Emma, and offered an explanation of his reasoning on his personal website. "I have heard your words and your disappointment, and I offer you a heart-felt apology to all who felt this was an odd or misguided casting choice," he wrote.

He explained that the character or Allison Ng wasn't supposed to look traditionally Asian.

"Captain Allison Ng was written to be a super-proud ¼ Hawaiian who was frustrated that, by all outward appearances, she looked nothing like one," he explained. "A half-Chinese father was meant to show the surprising mix of cultures often prevalent in Hawaii. Extremely proud of her unlikely heritage, she feels personally compelled to over-explain every chance she gets. The character was based on a real-life, red-headed local who did just that."

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He said that the 26-year-old actress shouldn't be criticized for his casting choices, while also saying that he was "extremely proud" to film Aloha in Hawaii.

"We were extremely proud to present the island, the locals and the film community with many jobs for over four months," he said. "Emma Stone was chief among those who did tireless research, and if any part of her fine characterization has caused consternation and controversy, I am the one to blame."

Hmmm ... it doesn't sound like he should have to apologize for anything for casting someone who doesn't look Asian to play a character who laments not looking Asian. Emma Stone is awesome in my book, and it sounds like she was a good fit for the part -- even if she can't claim any Asian heritage on her family tree.

Do you think Cameron Crowe made a mistake casting Emma Stone?

 

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