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Constance Wu Slams Matt Damon's Casting in 'The Great Wall'

Constance Wu Slams Matt Damon's Casting in 'The Great Wall'

Constance Wu is speaking out to slam the casting of Matt Damon in the upcoming movie The Great Wall as it is “perpetuating the racist myth that only a white man can save the world.”

“Our heroes don’t look like Matt Damon. They look like Malala. Ghandi. Mandela,” the Fresh Off the Boat actress wrote in a lengthy note on Twitter.

Constance says that “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. When you consistently make movies like this, you are saying that… Whether you intend to or not.”

After releasing the note, Constance went back on Twitter to say that she isn’t blaming Matt, the studio, or the financiers of the movie. She just wants to create awareness.

Click inside to read the full letter that Constance Wu wrote…

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  • VanityInsecurity

    Movies are a business the quicker people realize this .. the less we will see BS like this. How about you fund a movie Ms. Wu & cast whomever you want, make it historically correct & lets see if people want to see Matt Damon or an unknown actor.. just stfu already with this BS. We don’t need you to make us aware of anything..

  • KeithAdams

    So you’re saying that she’s NOT allowed to voice her opinion about something that’s important to her?

  • Jessie

    Exactly! Also, the argument about Hollywood being a business and needing top names is the most circular argument in regards to casting. The fact that in a diverse country such as the US, there aren’t many big celebrities who are Asian, Hispanic, and even Black celebrities who do dramas are rare, is a part of the problem. When you’re not casting these people at the lower levels, how do you expect them to exist as top names? Also, more than one movie has taken a chance on a unknown white man. Yet, when it counts they can’t do the same? Give me a break.

  • tia maria

    I read somewhere that this film is the director’s English language debut so it’s understandable that he would want an internationally recognised actor to lead the film.

  • Naynay

    Speak the truth baby set it all free !!!

  • Naynay

    Speak the truth baby set it all free !!!

  • Naynay

    so if I open a business and decide not to serve gay people and white people that would make it ok ! you mean like how gay people were unable to be served in a lot of restaurant back in the days ? bitch you sit the fuck down with your BS, how is hollywood being a business a valid point so just because they are a business they have the right to cast white on white on white to tell anybody’s story ? first that makes the movie so irrelevant second what does it tell to little kids around the world ? that you have to be white to be a strong person, that only white men have the advantage, I grew up with this weird perception in the movies and realized later that it was just some sort of propaganda

  • Marie Bunny Shepard

    She’s right, and I love her strength. BUT, let’s keep in mind that’s fiction, and that’s Hollywood. The concept is about money, and big blockbuster actors. It’s not about China, history, the Great Wall, me… It’s about Matt Damon six-packs.

  • VanityInsecurity

    I’m saying if you want to instill change stop nagging about it & pave the way not by tweeting gibberish on social media but DO something about what you don’t want to see. You can’t really expect big studios to listen to people constantly calling them racist & expect change.

  • Benny Ehud

    The world likes to see whites in films. It’s sad but true. That’s why INVESTORS like big-name, white actors.

  • VanityInsecurity

    Fist off don’t call me a bitch, unless you want to say it to my face pussy. now slide off.

  • tia maria

    If you chose to open a business and made the decision not to serve gay or white people, that would be your choice and you would be entitled to make that choice. The same applies to film/TV casting directors etc, it’s there choice to hire whoever they want in a film/tv even though others might not agree with it.

  • AeeJay

    Whats so comical is that this story has no basis in actual history. Its a sci-fi film.. its not like Damon is portraying Genghis Khan.. unclench.

  • AeeJay

    Whats so comical is that this story has no basis in actual history. Its a sci-fi film.. its not like Damon is portraying Genghis Khan.. unclench.

  • VanityInsecurity

    some people like to push propaganda for more likes/followers .. there really was no cause for her essay.

  • VanityInsecurity

    Hollywood is a business one of the biggest white founded businesses in the world. Studios fund billions to make movies yearly.. they do expect revenue. They want bankable actors. If you can’t get that through your lil brain & think everything is about skin color then.. go protest on twitter like the rest of the small minded ppl.

  • VanityInsecurity

    Hollywood is a business one of the biggest white founded businesses in the world. Studios fund billions to make movies yearly.. they do expect revenue. They want bankable actors. If you can’t get that through your lil brain & think everything is about skin color then.. go protest on twitter like the rest of the small minded ppl.

  • VanityInsecurity

    Hollywood is a business one of the biggest white founded businesses in the world. Studios fund billions to make movies yearly.. they do expect revenue. They want bankable actors. If you can’t get that through your lil brain & think everything is about skin color then.. go protest on twitter like the rest of the small minded ppl.

  • VanityInsecurity

    Hollywood is a business one of the biggest white founded businesses in the world. Studios fund billions to make movies yearly.. they do expect revenue. They want bankable actors. If you can’t get that through your lil brain & think everything is about skin color then.. go protest on twitter like the rest of the small minded ppl.

  • Guest

    if the Chinese financiers are ok with a white dude saving GW, why is this a problem? This is all about money.

  • plez

    People always want to blame the studios when they really should be looking at their own communities. If African Americans support black and other minority films and vice versus than studios would be making more of those types of movies. Because it is all about the green to them. I wonder when Constance Wu went and saw a movie with a mostly black or latin cast. How about some of you all commenting today. When is the last time you supported a movie with the main cast being a different race(other than white) than yourself?

  • plez

    People always want to blame the studios when they really should be looking at their own communities. If African Americans support black and other minority films and vice versus than studios would be making more of those types of movies. Because it is all about the green to them. I wonder when Constance Wu went and saw a movie with a mostly black or latin cast. How about some of you all commenting today. When is the last time you supported a movie with the main cast being a different race(other than white) than yourself?

  • plez

    People always want to blame the studios when they really should be looking at their own communities. If African Americans support black and other minority films and vice versus than studios would be making more of those types of movies. Because it is all about the green to them. I wonder when Constance Wu went and saw a movie with a mostly black or latin cast. How about some of you all commenting today. When is the last time you supported a movie with the main cast being a different race(other than white) than yourself?

  • plez

    People always want to blame the studios when they really should be looking at their own communities. If African Americans support black and other minority films and vice versus than studios would be making more of those types of movies. Because it is all about the green to them. I wonder when Constance Wu went and saw a movie with a mostly black or latin cast. How about some of you all commenting today. When is the last time you supported a movie with the main cast being a different race(other than white) than yourself?

  • Lisa

    I agree with her. i noticed that a lot of movies have a “white savior.” Like on TV right now I see the large white girl in ‘Hairspray’-nothing happened until SHE proposed it. I try my best to give my money to movies that have a diverse cast, because that’s the only way the movie execs listen apparently.

  • Lisa

    People “nagging” is how the oscars just invited it’s most diverse set of members yet. People is speaking up is how change comes about. Hence the saying, “the squeaky wheel gets the oil.”

  • Mark Jekabson

    I saw a filmed version of a Tyler Perry play a few years back. I was a captive audience at the time but I supported it with my attention.

  • parisjok

    u shut up

  • parisjok

    u shut up

  • parisjok

    fo

  • parisjok

    you tell em

  • parisjok

    no, there are laws that say you can’t do that anymore!!!

  • Naynay

    honey i can say it to your face if you want to do you want to skype or meet ? second if you bitch like a bitch and act like one what should I call you ? now you sit your ass down

  • Naynay

    damn it sure would have been intersting to see you around martin luther king like: sir if you want racism to stop please stop nagging about it and doing your speeches but do something ! certain situations deserve to speak up because that is unfortunately the only thing you can do, clearly you haven’t suffered from racism or still don’t know the roots of it and the consequences it can have on people

  • Mark Jekabson

    ….and public access television affords quality broadcasting that represents a diverse array of nationalities. From the PBS-like japanese station NHK that broadcasts educational material 24 hours a day to other local stations that feature news segments from around the world. All you need to support it is an antenna and a digital converter. I see movies infrequently because of the price and because there’s so few I want to see.

  • Naynay

    welp I don’t know what to answer to your stupidity ! so it’s ok to be racist, sexist, homophobe if it’s in a business matter, then why are women complaining about their wage difference, I guess they’re just some stupid progressive women right ? SMH

  • Anna

    I wonder if people are aware that this film also has giant lizards? lol It’s a fictional film. The director himself wanted Matt Damon. Although I agree with bringing awareness to Hollywood’s white washing, it’s a bit of stretch to single out this film as an example.

  • Gina

    Lol.

  • Legendary Trolly

    I think thats racist to go out of my way to support a project simple because black people put it together. I simply watch what I like to watch. I dont worry about race and other dumbshit. Some of these people are taking the fun out of life!

  • FerCat

    The Chinese can do what the bloody hell they want, it’s their movie.

  • Micheleekott1

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  • FerCat

    And no one is complaining about Mongolians portrayed as giant lizard people.

  • Harvey Bank

    Racist Wu telling white people how to spend their money.

  • VanityInsecurity

    omfg stfu.. you sound like a bitter bitch with hate for everything even your own .. btw Im in NYC come see me if you dare.

  • AeeJay

    LOL!!!

  • AeeJay

    internet thug..did you get enough hugs when you where a child or was your mamma too busy crackin it up? cus you sound like a damn idiot.

  • AeeJay

    how are you going to compare the Oscars to movie makers? If there are no movies being made with diverse characters then the whole Oscars diversity is for nothing.. no? Who are the diverse Oscar members going to vote for?

  • Bencebi

    FYI when you put hundreds of millions of dollars for a film, you want to put an actor that can deliver box office revenue. It so happens that aside from Jackson, Freeman, Washington & Smith.. Actors of color aren’t bankable. You can search through lists online to see which actors make the most money for yourself I think that is what Vanity is saying.. you just taking it very wrong. And being rude to people online is kinda like an oxymoron, you know that you won’t ever meet but want to belittle someone just cause they have a different opinion than you.

  • LaCroix

    LMAO!!! Are you seriously using MLK as a resource for movies? desperate times huh? You know that movies have been founded by white people, its a white business and the people in the high positions in these studios are generational. When a president dies its usually someone in their family that takes over the business since these studios have started. Its why they have stayed in the hands of white people. So you can cry about civil Bullshit all you want, it will never change the high positions that white people are in & the choices they make. In the end its something that you can’t change by crying about diversity. And calling people out online is so effin lame & petty.

  • Sofeuh

    What’s really sad is when black people talk about diversity they only talk about black people. But when an Asian does it she’s talking about POC, not generalizing the issue. Regardless of her opinion that she is entitled to.. but telling businessmen that they should care more about “respect” than money.. is a joke really.. especially when its not her money being risked. You just can’t risk your business or personal finances & anyone saying anything else otherwise is lying to themselves. Most people don’t even want to help anyone out let alone risk losing millions.

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