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'Fresh Off the Boat' Star Calls Matt Damon Starring In 'Great Wall' Racist

'Fresh Off the Boat's Constance Wu has slammed Matt Damon's upcoming film 'The Great Wall' as racist because a white actor plays the hero.

'The Great Wall' stars Damon as a warrior traversing the historic Chinese fortification while uncovering a mystery centered around the construction of the Great Wall of China.

"We have to stop perpetuating the racist myth that only white man can save the world," Wu writes in a post.

"It's not based in actual fact. Our heroes don't look like Matt Damon. They look like Malala. Gandhi. Mandela. Your big sister when she stood up for you to those bullies that one time."

The 34-year-old actress says she's fed up with the excuse that films starring non-white actors were difficult to finance.

"Money is the lamest excuse in the history of being human. So is blaming the Chinese investors. We don't need salvation. We like our color and our culture and our own strengths and our own stories... we don't need you to save us from anything."

"Think only a huge movie star can sell a movie? That has NEVER been a total guarantee," she continues. "Why not TRY to be better? If white actors are forgiven for having a box office failure once in a while, why can't a POC sometimes have one?"

"And how COOL would it be if you were the movie that took the 'risk' to make a POC as your hero, and you sold the shit out of it?! The whole community would be celebrating!"

"Remember it's not about blaming individuals. It's about repeatedly pointing out the racist notion that white people are superior to POC and that POC need salvation from our own color via white strength."

"Can we all at least agree that hero-bias and 'but it's really hard to finance' are no longer excuses for racism? TRY," she concludes.

"Not blaming Damon, the studio, the Chinese financiers. It's not about blame, It's about AWARENESS."

The Great Wall, directed by acclaimed Chinese director Zhang Yimou, is set to become the most expensive film in the China's history.

August 2, 2016 |

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