Whitewashing continues to be a prevalent problem in the entertainment industry. Most recently Scarlett Johansson’s Ghost in the Shell based on the Japanese manga of the same name, received major backlash for casting a white actress in the lead role.
Now it appears the fashion industry found the perfect way to join the conversation with a star of Selena Gomez’s 13 Reasons Why leading the way. Actress Michele Selene Ang wore a t-shirt on Instagram a few weeks back with a bold, political message.
According to the actress, the black graphic tee was created by Will Choi for a variety show at the UCB Theatre in Los Angeles titled Asian AF. It reads “Scarlett & Emma & Tilda & Matt,” referencing four actors starring in movies that have been accused of whitewashing. This, of course, includes Scarlett’s Ghost in the Shell, Emma Stone for Aloha, Tilda Swinton for Doctor Strange, and Matt Damon in The Great Wall. A number of commenters have already inquired about the shirt, which makes the most powerful statement in just four words.
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