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Here's How Natalie Portman Responded to 'Annihilation' Whitewashing Questions

Here's How Natalie Portman Responded to 'Annihilation' Whitewashing Questions

Natalie Portman was asked about the allegations of whitewashing in her new movie Annihilation.

It’s revealed in the second book in the “Annihilation” series that Natalie‘s character is of Asian descent.

“Well, that does sound problematic, but I’m hearing it here first,” Natalie responded when asked by Yahoo.

“We need more representation of Asians on film, of Hispanics on film, of blacks on film, women and particularly women of color, Native Americans — I mean, we just don’t have enough representation,” Natalie continued. “And also these categories like ‘white’ and ‘nonwhite’ — they’re imagined classifications but have real-life consequences. … And I hope that begins to change, because I think everyone is becoming more conscious of it, which hopefully will make change.”

“It’s probably a valid criticism. I didn’t know that,” Jennifer Jason Leigh, Natalie‘s co-star, added.

Annihilation opens in theaters on February 23.

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  • Naynay

    bitch did you just stole an asian woman role and then parade for equal representation in movies like damn go ahead and steal from me and then protest for all robbers to be arrested #hypocrisyatitsfinest

  • wearing

    if she didn’t know, she didn’t know. but i’d like to see if in the past she’s read any books that had to do with her films or if she has a history of not reading anything

  • Vanity

    Asians & Native Americans are seriously under represented. We see Hispanics & A-Americans more, but lets be honest where are the actors for these movies to be represented? Its easy to say we want more Asian women but how many women are there that have the acting caliber similar to Portman?

  • Gina

    Of course she claims ignorance when confronted.

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