I’m slowly catching up on Entertainment news. These days, it’s so difficult to keep up with Trauma Trump creating daily havoc onto the world.

On May 9, news broke that Zach McGowan was cast as real-life native Hawai’ian hero Benehakaka “Ben” Kanahele in a film based on the Ni’ihau incident. Voices from the API and People of Color communities blasted social media with their outrage about yet another incident of whitewashing. Tension was high particularly since Kanahele is a historical person, not a fictional character.

Two hours after that, Deadline reported that Peter Dinklage would play Hervé Villechaize (Tattoo on Fantasy Island) in a film picked up by HBO Films. Dinklage who stars in HBO’s Game of Thrones, has been working on the project for almost a decade, says the article.

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Hervé Villechaize was Filipino

I’ll admit it–I thought Villechaize was Mexican. But he’s actually part Filipino and French.

In then midst of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, these two news tidbits come down the pipeline. I said that the casting of McGowan as Kanahele was a big Fuck You to APIs, especially coming in the month of May.

But where’s the uproar over this casting? Okay, yes, both are (were) afflicted with dwarfism. But if critics use the same standard to casting issues the same way they did with McGowan’s, shouldn’t they be upset with this casting as well?

Do they not know Villechaize was Filipino or do they not care? Is Peter Dinklage, like George Clooney, just well-liked than say, Emma Stone and Zach McGowan?

I could only find a couple posts about this whitewashing and one dates back to 2014.

I’m just wondering about people’s consistency which for some, seems to get thrown aside to get a better angle in the spotlight. Those in the API community know of whom I refer.

–Ken Choy

 

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