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Gemma Chan Seems to Regret Starring in This Controversial Role

Gemma Chan Seems to Regret Starring in This Controversial Role

Gemma Chan is opening up about one role in particular that has caused some backlash over some alleged racially tone deaf moments.

The 38-year-old actress – who will be starring in November’s Marvel release, The Eternals – opened up about the role in question.

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In a new British Vogue piece, they stated, “In a 2010 episode of Sherlock set in Chinatown, she played a witheringly stereotypical damsel in distress. Critics and fans accused it of being a racially tone-deaf exercise in orientalism, with Chan cast as the wilting lotus blossom.”

Gemma responded, “Would I necessarily make the same choices now, if given the choice? Maybe not. I think I would speak up more if I felt that a role was leaning into an orientalist trope of some sort. I’m much more aware. And I think I’m in more of a position where I could say something.”

She continued, “With complete respect to everyone involved… I’m not here to throw shade on anyone… but yeah, I totally hear what you’re saying.” She also added, “I don’t look down on anyone doing any position or in any job on set. The industry has really shifted, even in just the time that I’ve been working. Changing the actual culture – changing in practice – takes longer.”

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