The Great Wall and Matt Damon: Do We Really Need Another White Savior?
Since the trailer for The Great Wall dropped, there have been
polarizing reactions to this latest Matt Damon project. The film, which
has been reported as the most expensive Chinese production ever, stars Matt
Damon as part of an “elite force making a valiant stand for humanity on the
world’s most iconic structure”. The film also stars Andy Lau, Lu Han, Wang Junkai, Jing Tian, Pedro
Pascal, Willem Dafoe and is directed by Chinese megastar Zhang Yimou.
There have been swift criticism regarding Matt Damon’s role
in the film, particularly in reference to the white savior trope. One thing is
certain, the trailer makes it clear that Damon is the main star, despite the predominantly Asian cast. Social media maestros such as @NoTotally, @theLLAG, @ReignOfApril,
@jontsuei and @angryasianman have all remarked on this film.
Actress Constance Wu also made a strong statement regarding the hero-bias perpetuated in Hollywood in response to The Great Wall trailer release.
Wu wrote, “We have to stop perpetuating the racist myth that only a white man can save the world — Our heroes don’t look like Matt Damon. They look like Malala. Ghandi. Mandela ”. We shall let Wu explain further with her powerful post below.