‘Doctor Strange’ Director Clarifies Whitewashing Issue

‘Doctor Strange’ Director Clarifies Whitewashing Issue
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Amid the controversy surrounding “Doctor Strange” with regard racism and whitewashing, the director finally aired out his views via Twitter.


Scott Derrickson took to social media to give out a “pretty mature response,” according to Screen Rant.

“Raw anger/hurt from Asian-Americans over Hollywood whitewashing, stereotyping & erasure of Asians in cInema,” he wrote. “I am listening and learning.”

As observed by the entertainment site, it was noted that changing the cast this time seems impossible considering that filming has already been done.

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The controversy arose when “white” actress Tilda Swinton was cast as Ancient One, the traditionally Tibetan mentor of Doctor Strange, portrayed by Benedict Cumberbatch in the movie.

With this issue hounding the film before its release on Nov. 4, Screen Rant pointed out that what every Asian-American pushing for “better representation” can hope for now could be for Benedict Wong, the sidekick of Stephen Strange, to get “substantial screen time. They may like Marvel to consider this call once they choose their cast members in their future projects.

Meanwhile, “Star Trek” actor George Takei responded to Marvel screenwriter C Robert Cargill’s supposed claim that the studio “whitewashed” the casting of Swinton in “Doctor Strange” to “appease China,” The Guardian reported.

“Let me get this straight,” the 79-year-old actor posted on Facebook. “You cast a white actress so you wouldn’t hurt sales … in Asia? This back-pedalling is nearly as cringeworthy as the casting. Marvel must think we’re all idiots.”

“It wouldn’t have mattered to the Chinese government by that point whether the character was white or Asian, as it was already in another country,” he further stated. “So this is a red herring, and it’s insulting that they expect us to buy their explanation.”

Takei continued by saying that the studio picked Swinton to be part of “Doctor Strange” movie “because they believe white audiences want to see white faces. Audiences, too, should be aware of how dumb and out of touch the studios think we are.”

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  • curveball7

    Completely agree with Takei.. I like Tilda but it was a dumb casting decision.