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Jim Sturgess is a Tool

Jim Sturgess is a Tool

September 11th, 2012 by

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! After Phil Yu posted this, I spent a couple hours stewing in a pit of rage. I’m still […]

CNN explores “whitewashing,” interviews Racebending.com

CNN explores “whitewashing,” interviews Racebending.com

January 13th, 2012 by

On January 13th, 2012, CNN’s In America blog published a feature story by Stephanie Siek: “Is Hollywood ‘whitewashing’ Asian roles?”. Racebending.com is quoted and interviewed. Racebending.com, an international grassroots organization founded in 2009, protests what it sees as the “whitewashing” of film roles and pushes for the fair representation of minorities in media. Spokesman Michael […]

WB taps Tom Cruise to play Billy Cage–née Keiji Kiriya

WB taps Tom Cruise to play Billy Cage–née Keiji Kiriya

December 1st, 2011 by

Maybe Asian American actors are like poor Keiji Kiriya: doomed to constantly relive missed opportunities.

Warner Bros greenlights “Akira” adaptation

Warner Bros greenlights “Akira” adaptation

October 20th, 2011 by

Warner Bros has gone forward with the Akira adaptation.

Tetsu-whoa!  Akira Rumor Round-Up

Tetsu-whoa! Akira Rumor Round-Up

May 9th, 2011 by

Brad Pitt or Keanu Reeves as Kaneda? Legendary Pictures pulls out of co-financing Akira? What’s going on?!

Actor George Takei Talks “AKIRA” with CBC Radio

Actor George Takei Talks “AKIRA” with CBC Radio

May 4th, 2011 by

George Takei is interviewed by Canada’s CBC Radio about his stance on Akira

George Takei Interviewed About Akira Casting

George Takei Interviewed About Akira Casting

April 20th, 2011 by

Veteran Asian American actor George Takei speaks to The Advocate about his concerns with Warner Bros. proposed adaptation of AKIRA

George Takei tweets out on “whitewashed Akira”

George Takei tweets out on “whitewashed Akira”

April 19th, 2011 by

“Young Asian actors get few opportunities in Hollywood. Warner Bros could’ve helped change this with Akira, but is casting only whites.” – George Takei, April 2nd, 2011

Asian American community reaches out to Warner Bros. about AKIRA

Asian American community reaches out to Warner Bros. about AKIRA

March 30th, 2011 by

Racebending.com, the Asian Pacific American Media Coalition, and several other organizations write Warner Bros. requesting a meeting to discuss fair casting.

“AKIRA” adaptation courts white actors

“AKIRA” adaptation courts white actors

March 22nd, 2011 by

The script for Akira has been sent out to several actors. All the actors being considered for the roles of Kaneda and Tetsuo are white.