#WhitewashedOUT Tackles Hollywood’s Erasure of Asian-Americans

By Sameer Rao May 04, 2016

The hashtag #whitewashedOUT took over Twitter yesterday (May 3) as many Asian Americans, outraged by two controversial recent instances of White performers being cast in originally Asian roles, called out Hollywood’s historic erasure of Asian and Asian-American characters. 

Actress and comedian Margaret Cho teamed up with The Nerds Of Color‘s Keith Chow and We Need Diverse Books‘ Ellen Oh, to launch the hashtag via a Twitter chat. The campaign coincides with the beginning of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. Participants are using the hashtag to clap back at recent instances of Asian characters being written out of or minimized in Hollywood plots: 


Two recent examples stood out: Scarlett Johansson’s "Ghost in the Shell" role as an originally Japanese character and Tilda Swinton’s casting in Marvel’s "Doctor Strange" in a role originally written as a Tibetan man (the latter of which George Takei lambasted this weekend). 

(H/t Time, Bustle