Whitewashed?

“Aloha” director addresses criticism for casting Emma Stone as an Asian character

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 16: Emma Stone attends a VIP screening of 'Aloha' at Soho Hotel on May 16, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images)

Cameron Crowe is speaking out about the recent criticism of the racial background of Emma Stone’s character in his new film Aloha. “Thank you so much for all the impassioned comments regarding the casting of the wonderful Emma Stone in the part of Allison Ng,” Crowe wrote in an essay on his website. “I have heard your words and your disappointment, and I offer you a heartfelt apology to all who felt this was an odd or misguided casting choice.” In the movie, which hit theaters last week, Stone plays Alison Ng, who is described in the film as a quarter Asian and a quarter Hawaiian. According to Crowe, Stone’s character was based on a real-life redheaded woman who was a quarter Hawaiian, but looked nothing like one. “Extremely proud of her unlikely heritage, she feels personally compelled to over-explain every chance she gets,” Crowe wrote of Stone’s character. In Crowe’s essay, he also takes responsibility for the decision, saying “I am the one to blame,” and crediting Stone with “tireless research” for the role. “I am grateful for the dialogue,” Crowe wrote.  “And from the many voices, loud and small, I have learned something very inspiring. So many of us are hungry for stories with more racial diversity, more truth in representation, and I am anxious to help tell those stories in the future.”

Read the full story at The Hollywood Reporter.

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