Ever since Bradley Cooper’s movie “Aloha” has been released, it has been amidst controversy. As Media Action Network for Asian Americans (MANAA) pointed out, the film is completely whitewashed and does not feature enough natives of Hawaii.
According to Rafu Shimpo, MANAA President Guy Aoki mentioned that almost 60% of Hawaii’s population consists of Asians and Pacific Islanders whereas Caucasians make only up to 30% but according to the movie, the situation has been depicted in a completely different way.
Director of the movie Cameron Crowe defended the movie saying that he himself has deep roots in the land and wanted to educate people about the vast history that the land carries. He also mentioned that the community has been really inspiring. He added that the story grew and became personal to him. That, however, didn’t satisfy Aoki’s questions. He pointed out that even though the director wanted to educate people about the vast history of the land, how could he possibly do that by using white actors instead of featuring native Hawaiians.
Producers of the movie Sony has, however, not said anything about the issue yet but one of the sources close to the movie informed that no one from the MANAA have either seen the movie or read the script. This is not the first time Sony has come under fire regarding casting of their actors. In 2014, the studio came under fire for its movie “Exodus” that starred Christian Bale, Aaron Paul that was based in Egypt and put actors of color in smaller roles.
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