“I accepted the role unaware that the character in the original comics was of mixed Asian heritage.
It is clear that representing this character in a culturally accurate way holds significance for people, and that to neglect this responsibility would continue a worrying tendency to obscure ethnic minority stories and voice in the Arts. I feel it is important to honour and respect that. There I have decided to step down so the role can be cast appropriately.”
Ed Skrein is not an A-list actor. Yes, he has more money than most of us, but he’s not sitting on piles of Scarlett Johansson cash or Tilda Swinton money. I’ll admit that I do tend to be less upset when a lesser-known white actor takes a role that wasn’t originally written for a POC because I’m an artist and I know a lot of artists and I see that life where you don’t really know when you’ll get your next callback or your next check. I’m still angry, but way less mad than when someone with tens of millions of dollars steps into a role that has been whitewashed for “box office” reasons.
By that same notion, I’m a lot more impressed when a lesser known actor does what’s right. When you’re not a household name, stepping into a widely known slice of pop culture is a big boost to your career, so good for Skrein sending this boost on toward an Asian actor it rightfully belongs to.
This is how you do it, White Hollywood. When you know better, you’re supposed to do better.
this “american” adaptation of Death Note is just wrong in so many ways.
firstly, it’s “american” which apparently equals white, even tho japanese/asian americans exist. the argument that no asians who spoke “good” english auditioned to play any of the characters is stupid in every way. Edward Zo who was born and raised in california, auditioned but was turned down because “they were not looking to see asian actors for the role of Light Yagami.”
with this netflix “reimagining” they’re taking everything death note is known for and making it white™
by bleaching the heck out of death note, it’s no longer death note and just falls into the action movie cliché. death note’s whole story revolves around Japan’s justice system that’s not really based on race. in america race is a big thing and we know that most of the prisons are filled with black people and that white people get away with crimes a lot of the time.
so light tuner is just a white guy killing people and getting away with it, and if they follow through the story of death note then a white guy is gonna end up killing a black guy….. YIKES
asians are one of the least represented groups in america, when was the last time you saw a asian lead actor, in a successful movie? when was the last time you saw an asian in a movie when they didn’t play a stereotype? Light Yagami is a handsome, straight A student, light tuner™ looks like a crazy person, someone you’d expect to be Kira.
please just don’t support the release on netflix, if you wanna watch it, please stream it somewhere else. (シ_ _)シ
as for old and new death note fans, watch the original anime, Japanese movies, the drama with kento yamazaki and masataka kubota ♡, the musical, and read the manga! please don’t not support the netflix version.
and let’s use the hashtag “#dead note” instead of “#death note”, let’s keep that movie out of the death note tag.