Cameron Crowe has caused a stir amongst the politically-correct crowd by casting Emma Stone in a role portraying a character of part Hawaiian, Chinese, and Swedish descent. Evidently “Asians and non-Asians alike asked why they didn’t pick an Asian actress to play a character who is part-Asian”. Once again we see the multiculturalists’ real-world accuracy for me, not for thee attitude when it comes to the portrayal of race in popular culture.
First of all it’s worth noting that actors are indeed actors. They, by definition, pretend to be someone else for a living. If one is to complain about Emma Stone portraying someone from an ethnic group to which she in fact does not belong, why should one be satisfied with Brits playing Americans, or straight people playing gay people, or twenty-year-olds portraying seventeen-year-olds, or 21st century human beings portraying 2nd century human beings? (more…)