Constance Wu Criticizes Matt Damon's Upcoming Film Great Wall for Perpetuating 'Racist Myth'
'Hollywood is supposed to be about making great stories. So make them,' the Fresh Off the Boat actress wrote on Twitter
Constance Wu has added her voice to those calling for greater diversity in Hollywood.
The English-language film, which is directed by acclaimed Chinese director Zhang Yimou, is set in the Northern Song Dynasty (959 – 1126) and is about the mysteries surrounding the famous Great Wall. Damon plays a soldier in the movie.
“We have to stop perpetuating the racist myth that a only white man can save the world. It’s not based in actual fact,” she wrote. “Our heroes don’t look like Matt Damon. They look like Malala. Ghandi. Mandela. Your big sister when she stood up for you to those bullies that one time.”
Wu, 34, then challenged all of Hollywood to stop making excuses for the lack of representation of non-white actors.
“Money is the lamest excuse in the history of being human. So is blaming the Chinese investors,” she wrote. “Remember it’s not about blaming individuals … it’s about pointing out the repeatedly implied racist notion that white people are superior to POC and that POC need salvation from our own color via white strength.”
She continued: “We don’t need salvation. We like our color and our culture and our own strengths and our own stories … we don’t need you to save us from anything.”
Can we all at least agree that hero-bias & “but it’s really hard to finance” are no longer excuses for racism? TRY pic.twitter.com/mvNet5PrtH
Constance Wu (@ConstanceWu) July 29, 2016
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The Taiwanese-American actress also spoke about why she finds it so important to strive for diversity in Hollywood.
“I know there are lotsa POC who honestly don’t care. Who think I’M being crazy. Well excuse me for caring about the images that little girls see, and what that implies to them about their limitations or possibilities,” she wrote.
“If you know a kid, you should care too. Because we WERE those kids. Why do you think it was so nice to see a nerdy white kid have a girl fall in love with him? Because you WERE that nerdy white kid who felt unloved.”
Wu finished: “Seeing pictures of it in Hollywood’s stories made it feel possible. That’s why it moved you, that’s why it was a great story. Hollywood is supposed to be about making great stories. So make them.”
The Great Wall will be released in February 2017.