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'Aloha' Director Cameron Crowe Is Sorry That Asian Emma Stone Ever Happened

The actress was controversially cast as the quarter-Chinese, quarter-Hawaiian Allison Ng. WTF?

'Aloha' Director Cameron Crowe Is Sorry That 'Asian Emma Stone' Ever Happened
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Let's take a moment to review the facts: Aloha is a movie. It was directed by Cameron Crowe. It's set in Hawaii and stars a predominantly all-white cast (fun fact: Hawaii is only 26% white). 

That last part did not sit particularly well with some folks. The Media Action Network for Asian Americans criticized the film because it "uses Hawaii for its exotic backdrop, but goes out of its way to exclude the very people who live there." Native Hawaiians were offended by the film's name as it is "a disrespectful misappropriation of culture and simplifies a word that's rich with meaning." But perhaps the more peculiar and more embarrassing part about this film (which got unsavory reviews, by the way), was the casting of Emma Stone, a white actress, as Allison Ng, a quarter-Chinese, quarter-Hawaiian Air Force military captain. Huh? Yeaaah, no. 

On Tuesday, Cameron Crowe finally responded to the heated backlash and criticism surrounding the problematic film with a written apology. Apparently, Allison is based on a real-life, red-headed local Hawaiian who is extremely proud of her "unlikely heritage." But that doesn't make it okay, right? 

Here's what the director had to say: 

"Thank you so much for all the impassioned comments regarding the casting of the wonderful Emma Stone in the part of Allison Ng. 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. As far back as 2007, 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."

Crowe then closed his apology with: 

"So many of us are hungry for stories with more racial diversity, more truth in representation, and I am anxious to help tell those stories in the future."

Hmmm, that's nice. But did Crowe really learn his lesson? I mean, he's going to rethink the casting of his new Showtime series because of this, right?

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