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Ed Skrein Exits 'Hellboy' Reboot After Whitewashing Outcry
"Representation of ethnic diversity is important, especially to me as I have a mixed heritage family," the actor wrote in a statement one week after he joined the film.

“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.

please spread this 〜 ψ(。。)

Asians in Hollywood: TV Renewed/Cancelled/Pick Up Masterlist

This list will be consistently updated until the status of TV shows starring Asians have been determined (also if we missed anything, please send us a message and we’ll add it asap).



  • American Housewife - Starring Ali Wong
  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. - Starring Chloe Bennet and Ming-Na Wen
  • Fresh Off the Boat - Starring Constance Wu, Randall Park, Hudson Yang, Forrest Wheeler, Ian Chen, and Lucille Soong
  • Modern Family (2 seasons renewal) - Starring Aubrey Anderson-Emmons
  • Designated Survival - Starring Maggie Q and Kal Penn


  • Dr. Ken - Starring Ken Jeong, Suzy Nakamura Albert Tsai, Krista Marie Yu

Picked Up

  • Start Up - Starring Tiya Sircar
  • Inhumans - Starring Mike Moh and Ken Leung
  • Deception - Starring Justin Chon
  • Splitting Up Together - Starring Bobby Lee and Kelsey Asbille (aka Kelsey Chow)


  • Quantico - Starring Priyanka Chopra and Yasmine Al Massri



  • The Big Bang Theory - Starring Kunal Nayyar
  • Hawaii Five-O - Starring Daniel Dae Kim, Grace Park, Masi Oka


  • 2 Broke Girls - Starring Matthew Moy


  • Elementary - Starring Lucy Liu
  • Pure Genius - Starring Brenda Song

The CW


  • The 100 - Starring Bob Morley and Christopher Larkin
  • Crazy Ex-Girlfriend - Starring Vincent Rodriguez III
  • iZombie - Starring Rahul Kohli
  • The Originals - Starring Charles Michael Davis
  • Riverdale - Starring Charles Melton (will be replacing Ross Butler in season 2)



  • Pitch - Starring Mark Paul-Gosselaar and Tim Jo

Picked Up

  • The Gifted - Starring Jamie Chung


  • New Girl - Starring Hannah Simone



  • Chicago Med - Starring Brian Tee
  • The Good Place - Starring Jameela Jamil and Manny Jacinto
  • Superstore - Starring Nichole Bloom and Nico Santos


  • Powerless - Starring Vanessa Hudgens and Danny Pudi

Picked Up

  • Reverie - Starring Sarah Shahi, Sendhil Ramamurthy, and Jessica Lu

Train to Busan (2016)

Directed by Yeon Sang-ho

Cinematography by Lee Hyung-deok