[Image: Verified twitter post from actor Jim Sturgess, who is white and appears in yellowface in the upcoming film Cloud Atlas. Sturgess writes: “Yellowface? Blackface? Pinkface? Pinkberry? Blackberry? Crackberry? Blueberry? Strawberry? Bananas? Frozen Yogurt? All the toppings?.Lovely!”]
On Racebending.com, Mike Le explains why Jim Sturgess is a “tool”
After some thought, I came to the following conclusion: Jim Sturgess is a tool.
Shocking revelation, right?
But I mean it in a slightly different sense than you might initially think.
Jim could be a perfectly nice guy. He could be kind to his friends, he probably loves his family. He probably makes other jokes that people think are funny and don’t hurt anyone at all.
But he’s a tool in a direct sense, because through some combination of talent, hard work, and luck, he has become the go-to Hollywood guy to play Asian men. Before someone thinks to call John Cho, Dante Basco, Kunal Nayyar, or Archie Kao, Jim gets the first speed dial. Whether it’s replacing a real-life Asian American with a white guy or showing that Asian folks are really just reincarnated white dudes with awful prosthetic slant-eyes, Sturgess is your man.
He is the perfect tool for Hollywood to tell stories about fascinating, exotic Asian cultures without the inconvenience of having to actually cast an Asian man in any but the most demeaning of roles. He’s the perfect tool to cement the notion that American culture is perfectly complete sans anything resembling a real, flesh-and-blood Asian male.
But if a role comes up for an Asian man that’s not a gutless eunuch or an abusive patriarch, then Jim cracks out the makeup kit. And we go back to the Hollywood of 1937.entire article at Racebending.com]
For Jim, it’s a joke about froyo.
Well, I was interested in Cloud Atlas for about 45 seconds, that’s gone. Also this guy is a racist douche. No one in the entire process of making this movie stopped for a second to think that this might be a bad idea? Somebody spent hours with this guy in a makeup chair putting him in yellowface and thought it was all awesome?
Not to mention this is kind of insulting to the audience. Like, figure out a different way to make the characters the same across time periods. You don’t have to use the same actors, be a little clever, and we’ll figure it out.
I was actually very excited about this movie, but I’ll just stick to the book, because it’s 2012 and this bullshit is still happening.
They used to have plenty of white actors in yellowface back in the 50s, and I honestly believed that as a society we had collectively realized that was horribly offensive and moved past that. But no, this a legit, big budget studio film that is unapologetically pulling some blatantly racist fuckery. I’m done.