“Believe me, I would have loved to cast Asians in the lead roles, but the truth is, we didn't have access to any bankable Asian American actors that we wanted… If I had known how upset the Asian American community would be about this, I would have picked a different story to film.”-DANA BRUNETTI, 21’s producer<br />
Just about every single Asian American that you see on screen on American movies or tv shows today is there for a very specific asian reason (yes, i do know there are exceptions…but they are very, very few). They don’t exist as most Asian Americans exist in America today: as real, three dimensional, everyday people… Yet when it comes to American media and those who create it, the asians on screen have to be justified through some sort of asian reason.Asian-American actor Roger Fan<br />
Can you think of some “Asian reasons” why Hollywood casts Asians in films?<br />
“I think it’s one of those things where I pull my hair up, shave the sides, and I definitely need a tan,” he said of the transformation he’ll go through to look more like Sokka. “It’s one of those things where, hopefully, the audience will suspend disbelief a little bit.”-JACKSON RATHBONE<br />
Challenge Question:<br />Name a movie with Arab, Muslim, and/or Middle Eastern characters who are not evil.<br />
Casting of Arab/Muslim characters:<br />There are about 400 million Arab people in the world today.<br />There are about one billion Muslims.<br />Most are not terrorists… except in Hollywood.<br />
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