'Scarlett & Emma & Tilda & Matt:' Viral T-shirt takes on Hollywood whitewashing
(KUTV) — What do Scarlett Johansson, Emma Stone, Tilda Swinton and Matt Damon have in common?
Well, aside from their long list of award-winning movies, all four have sparked controversy with their portrayals of roles many say should have been given to an Asian actor or actress.
Johansson most recently sparked controversy for her portrayal of a traditionally Japanese character in "Ghost in the Shell;" Stone faced backlash for playing a partially Chinese character in "Aloha;" Swinton turned heads when she was cast as a Tibetan monk/superhero in "Dr. Strange;" and Damon was accused of promoting the "white savior" narrative in "The Great Wall."
All four of them are also featured on a viral T-shirt modeled by Asian American actress Michele Selene Ang on Instagram.
The T-shirt, designed by Asian American comedian Will Choi, features each of the four actors' names and sends a simple message.
“The purpose of [the shirt] was to address the whitewashing issue in a comedic way,” Choi told The Los Angeles Times on April 3.
Proceeds from the $25 shirt go toward Choi's comedic act, "The Asian AF Show," which the Los Angeles Times reports is "the first Asian American variety show" at the University of California, Berkeley.