Asian blogger defends the casting choice and calls out the hypocrisy
Variety recently announced the cast for Netflix’s upcoming live-action remake of the popular Japanese manga series “Death Note.” Adam Wingard (“The Guest”), who is directing the first Westernized version of this cartoon, has tapped mostly white actors to play the leads: Mia Sutton, Margaret Qualley, Nat Wolff and Shea Whigham. That’s something that, according to blogger Love Life Of An Asian Guy’s Facebook page, no one took a real issue with.
“Racist white weeaboos defended this bullsh*t whitewashing because, “Who cares?! The race of the characters doesn’t matter!,” Love Life Of An Asian Guy wrote.
However, when it was announced that Black actor Keith Stanfield (“Straight Outta Compton” and “Short Term 12”), the reaction was quite different, LLAG pointed out.
they're making L a nigger in the death note thing
— James (@SomeUncleverGuy) July 1, 2016
— Claudia Rondón (@ClaudiaRd2) July 1, 2016
I really don't get why they cast Keith Stanfield as L for Netflix's Death Note movie.
— Αλεπούδος (@_TechFox_) July 1, 2016
L is being played by Keith Stanfield in the Death Note Netflix film. I don't suppose we're going to hear any whining about 'blackwashing'.
— William Jones (@williamgejones) June 30, 2016
But the thing about LLAG, is that he’s OK with this casting. He wrote: “Now, white weeaboos are PISSED and I am LIVING!!! I haven’t been this happy since the announcement of 3D Doritos! I am 100% AGAINST whitewashing anime but I am 200% in FAVOR of “Blackwashing” anime. Why? Because Black folks won’t f$ck it up!”
He added, “Black filmmakers don’t have a history of marginalizing Asian-American actors. Black actors don’t have a history of taking up roles for Asian characters.”
Thankfully, there were others who felt a similar way and supported Stanfield.
Love seeing all these racists come out re: Keith Stanfield being cast as L. makes me wanna put them on blast
— Pvt. Vicky Vasquez (@turiantamales) July 1, 2016
Keith Stanfield is playing L in Death Note – Dope t.co/3X5cNXCFP6
— Junae Benne (@JunaeBenne) July 5, 2016
I hate the idea of a live-action Death Note but the fact that Keith Stanfield got casted as L increases my interest by a small margin…
— Are & Be (@redhoundstooth) July 4, 2016
dammit i was gonna boycott nu Death Note even tho i love Adam Wingard & then he went and cast Keith Stanfield as L. pic.twitter.com/q0H5PHINlX
— Aja Romano (@ajaromano) July 1, 2016
It’s a well-known fact that the whitewashing of Asians by the hands of white filmmakers isn’t new or rare — even for 2016. This year alone, Asian actors such as Constance Wu, Margaret Cho and George Takei clapped back at Hollywood for casting white actors in roles that were originally written as Asians, including the films upcoming “Ghost in a Shell” and “Doctor Strange.”
It would be interesting to know how these same “haters” feel seeing Scarlett Johansson play a Japanese woman? Guess we already know the answer to that.