Hollywood wants a piece of the Chinese cake and be racist, too.
Imagine the outrage in the West if instead of having minority characters, films hire minority actors as spokespeople to promote films about white men. That’s what they’re doing to the Chinese audience and it’s disgusting.
From Lu Han’s Star Wars promo to Li Yifeng’s Batman vs Superman to PG-One’s Spiderman: Homecoming and most recently to Wang Kai’s Blade Runner 2049, China’s biggest rising stars have been hired as “film ambassadors” or “spokespeople” in Hollywood films they will never be able to even be considered for.
Or if you’re Fan Bingbing, you get to be in one scene that only airs in China so Iron Man 3 can promote it as if it has a Chinese person in it. We’ll just cut you from every other version of the movie because god forbid the rest of the world have to see a Chinese actress on the screen.
Here’s a break-down of the flimsy excuses.
Excuse 1: Well, it’s a Hollywood film, why should they appeal to China?
Why shouldn’t they? Why shouldn’t a fifth of the world population receive some sort of acknowledgement they exist, especially when they’ve become a growing portion of your viewers? Many of those films need China to make a profit and are being made because the Chinese market exists. James Cameron certainly isn’t making Avatar 2 3 4 5 just to drive Ryan Gosling mad.
Plus, clearly Hollywood films acknowledge that they need more to appeal to the Chinese audience since they’re hiring local actors to promote them.
Excuse 2: Chinese actors aren’t good enough. They can’t speak English. They don’t want to act in Hollywood.
Even Jackie Chan and Zhang Ziyi stopped filming in Hollywood because they simply weren’t being offered roles. Chloe Bennet is gorgeous, speaks perfect English, is a good actress, can even pass off as white, and she still couldn’t get roles with a Chinese last name.
Hey, Michael Bay, China has plenty of beautiful people who can’t act, too!
Excuse 3: It’s the Chinese distributor’s fault
Right, the Chinese distributor is preventing Hollywood from hiring Chinese actors.
Excuse 4: Maybe actors should just stop being used.
As if Hollywood would start casting them otherwise.