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John Cho, Starring in Every Movie Ever Made? A Diversity Hashtag Is Born
A new social media project is challenging stereotypes by imagining an Asian-American actor in high-profile roles.
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While I don’t agree with William Yu’s comments re: #OscarsSoWhite, this is a great article about a great campaign. 

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John Cho Appears in Popular Movie Posters to Address Lack of Diversity in Hollywood

Our Will Yu, a digital strategist from our New York City office, single-handedly launched a social movement that has gone viral against whitewashing in Hollywood: #StarringJohnCho. It’s a social movement that literally shows you what it would look like if today’s Hollywood blockbusters cast an Asian-American actor - specifically, John Cho - as their leading man.

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Movie Fan Highlights US Movie Whitewashing With The Help Of John Cho

A US movie fan is appealing to Hollywood to embrace ‘an Asian-American leading man’ armed with a new viral hashtag and the likeness of 'Star Trek’ actor John Cho.

William Yu, a 25-year-old digital strategist, has created ’#StarringJohnCho’, both in reaction to recent instances of whitewashing in Hollywood and to offer studios who might be paying attention something of a visual aid.

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Cho’s face has been photoshopped onto various movie posters, showing how suitable he’d be as an Asian-American lead.

“#StarringJohnCho is a social movement that literally shows you what it would look like if today’s Hollywood blockbusters cast an Asian-American actor - specifically, John Cho - as their leading man,” says Yu on the website.

“I’m tired of hearing from people that they can’t 'see’ an Asian American actor playing the romantic lead or the hero, so I created #StarringJohnCho to literally show you.

“So when Cho is cast in the next shocking thriller, hilarious rom-com, Oscar-bait drama, or box-office breaking action blockbuster, let’s get him what he’s always deserved: TOP BILLING.”

Others are now photoshopping Cho onto a myriad movie posters, and he looks pretty good on all of them.

Recent instances of so-called Hollywood whitewashing have seen movies like 'Gods of Egypt’, 'Pan’, 'Prince of Persia’, and 'Exodus: Gods and Kings’ criticised.

There’s also anger over Scarlett Johansson’s character in 'Ghost In The Shell’ and Tilda Swinton’s character in 'Doctor Strange’ both being played by western actresses, when they’re not in the source material (Swinton’s character is also a man in the comics, however).

And during the Sony email hack, a note from A-list screenwriter Aaron Sorkin to studio boss Amy Pascal was revealed to say of a movie version of the book 'Flash Boys’ that 'the protagonist is Asian-American (actually Asian-Canadian) and there aren’t any Asian movie stars’, and thus he was skeptical of its chances of success.

Cho is not (yet) formerly affiliated with the movement, but last night he tweeted what appeared to be his full and frank approval.

Come on folks, let’s make this happen.

Image credits: StarringJohnCho/Marvel

John Cho, Starring in Every Movie Ever Made? A Diversity Hashtag Is Born

A passionate John Cho fan and undercover social media magician, our Will Yu,  Associate, Interactive Program Management, recently launched a new social movement, #StarringJohnCho. This movement shows what it would look like if today’s Hollywood blockbusters cast an Asian-American actor as their leading man and helps ignite a conversation within an industry where Asians only make up 1% of leading roles. Studies show that films with diverse casts result in higher box office numbers and higher returns on investments for film companies. Why doesn’t Hollywood cast lead actors to reflect this fact? Learn more about Will’s campaign in this piece from The New York Times

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#StarringJohnCho Campaign Highlights Lack Of Diversity In Hollywood

#StarringJohnCho Campaign Highlights Lack Of Diversity In Hollywood

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Activists have taken to social media to bring light to a troubling issue in the American entertainment industry: the lack of Asian leading roles.

According to a New York Times article written on May 10, a project by 25-year-old digital strategist named William Yu that modified posters of Hollywood movies to show Korean-American actor John Cho as the lead has been shared on social media thousands…

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#STARRINGJOHNCHO social movement

Recently there was a very interesting social movement relate to the Hollywood world and it is about the lack of diversity in the industry. The hashtag #StarringJohnCho popped up on social media especially Twitter during the past two weeks to raise an interest and awareness to the filmmakers to have “Asian” leading role. The movement specifically use the Asian-American actor John Cho who is famous for the role Hikaru Zulu in JJ. Abrams’ Star Trek films to represent all of the Asian actors.

There is an argue that there is not so many good and decent Asian actors around so the filmmakers won’t cast them to play leading role, which is why an Asian filmmaker William Yu come up with the idea to create this movement to show that  for a character to be charismatic protagonist, a romantic interest, or an action star is not race specific.

According to www.starringjohncho.com it says this

“Today, only 1% of lead roles go to Asians. But if studies show that films with diverse casts result in higher box office numbers and higher returns on investments for film companies, why doesn’t Hollywood cast lead actors to reflect this fact?

But a future is coming when an Asian-American actor is the next tent pole star. #StarringJohnCho creates a reality that brings that vision of tomorrow’s Hollywood to today.”

^ Although Glenn in The Walking Dead series is one of the most beloved characters in the franchise, he is still a supporting character.

The lack of diversity is one of a huge issues in the Hollywood for a long time. Most male and female leading roles tend to always be white people and sometimes black people. Right before the 88th Academy Awards in February, there was a social movement called “Oscars So White” to reflect how there are no black actors and actresses being nominated for the best roles. 

Is this movement only support black people? not really, it’s actually inspired the people in the industry to be more concern of the minority as well for example the Hispanic and the Asian. I believe this movement inspired Starring John Cho movement to show support for the Asian.

William Yu also says “It’s about igniting a conversation about how Asian Americans are perceived in today’s Hollywood landscape and our greater society.”

“I’m tired of hearing that a role can’t be played by an Asian actor because people ‘just don’t see it,’” Yu said in a phone interview Friday. “#StarringJohnCho is here to literally show you.”

Over the past month, debate around opportunities for Asian actors and actresses in films has been invigorated. The casting of the white actress Tilda Swinton the Ancient One in Dr. Strange, respectively has lent new credence to claims that, in the rare instance an Asian character does appear in a Hollywood film, that role too often goes to a non-Asian performer.

William Yu says this movement aims to show that the Hollywood should provide the opportunity for Asian actors to be casted as leading role and to to show that diversity and representation matter.

Being the Change: #StarringJohnCho
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By Alexa Day Why not John Cho? William Yu took this question to Twitter a little while ago. If Hollywood knows that diversity sells, Yu says, why isn’t Hollywood trying harder to achieve that diversity? In fact, Hollywood seems to be running away from diversity with regard to Asian characters. Emma Stone made news when she was cast to play an Asian lead character in Aloha, and the…

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A 25-year-old Photoshopped movie posters to highlight Hollywood's diversity problem

Courtesy William Yu/@StarringJohnCho

Marvel Studios has been accused of “white-washing” an iconic “Doctor Strange” character. Emma Stone was poorly received for being cast as an Asian American in “Aloha,” and Scarlett Johansson was recently criticized for her role in a remake of Japanese anime film “Ghost in the Shell.”

“Star Trek” actor George Takei has been especially vocal about white-washing in big-budget films. “Hollywood has been casting white actors in Asian roles for decades now, and we can’t keep pretending there isn’t something deeper at work here,” he recently wrote on Facebook.

Now William Yu, a 25-year-old digital strategist, has started #StarringJohnCho, a project imagining what big movies and blockbusters would look like if Asian-American actor John Cho had a starring role.

Keep reading to learn more about the project and see some of the posters in the series.

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I support #StarringJohnCho

As I’ve said before, John Cho raises the level of every project he’s in. I had high hopes for Selfie (and all of the actors were wonderful), but the writers moved the story arc at a glacial pace and doomed the show IMO.

From Jezebel:

Unless you missed the memo on why John Cho should be your boyfriend, you’re probably aware that the Star Trek actor is currently in high demand amongst the good folks of the Internet. Now, thanks to a recent hashtag campaign called #StarringJohnCho, we’re duly #blessed with all of the John Cho memes our hearts desire—as well as a witty and powerful rejoinder to Hollywood’s continuing diversity problem.

Created by digital strategist William Yu, the hashtag movement began as a blogand accompanying Twitter account, with the primary aim of launching “a social movement that shows you what it would look like if today’s Hollywood blockbusters cast an Asian-American actor as their leading man,” as per the description on the project’s Twitter page.

Tough-talking Philippine mayor looks set to be new president

By Jim Gomez and Teresa Cerojano, AP, May 9, 2016

MANILA, Philippines (AP)–A brash and tough-talking mayor who has pledged to kill suspected criminals and end crime within six months emerged Tuesday as the winner in presidential elections after securing an unassailable lead in an unofficial vote count.

The son of late dictator Ferdinand Marcos was trailing narrowly behind an establishment candidate in the vice presidential race.

Rodrigo Duterte, the mayor of southern Davao city, had secured more than 14.4 million votes, according to a count of 87 percent of precincts nationwide from Monday’s elections. The closest of his four main rivals, former Interior Secretary Mar Roxas, had 8.6 million votes.

“We can call it now because the gap got so big relative to the maximum the No. 2 can get” of the remaining votes, said William Yu of the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting. The group is accredited by the Commission on Elections to conduct the unofficial “quick count.”

A victory by Duterte would amount to a massive political shift in the Philippines. Starting as an outsider, Duterte built his popularity with radical pledges to eliminate poverty and end corruption and crime. He has a reputation for fighting crime as mayor of Davao for 22 years, but has been accused of ordering extrajudicial killings to achieve that.

On the last day of campaigning Saturday, he made clear he intends to continue his hard-line approach.

“All of you who are into drugs, you sobs, I will really kill you,” Duterte, 71, a former prosecutor, told a rally. “I have no patience, I have no middle ground, either you kill me or I will kill you idiots.”

Statements such as that have won him the nickname “Duterte Harry,” a reference to the Clint Eastwood movie character “Dirty Harry” who had little regard for rules. He has also been compared to Donald Trump, the U.S. Republican presumptive presidential nominee.

Duterte is known for jokes about sex and rape, talking often about his Viagra-fueled sexual escapades, and for undiplomatic remarks about Australia, the United States and China, all key players in the country’s politics. He has threatened to dismiss the Philippine Congress and form a revolutionary government if he is confronted with uncooperative legislators.

Outgoing President Benigno Aquino III tried to discourage Filipinos from voting for Duterte over fears the mayor may endanger the country’s hard-fought democracy and squander economic gains of the last six years, when the Philippine economy grew at an average of 6.2 percent, one of the best rates in Asia.

But on election day, with opinion polls giving him the best chance to win, Duterte reached out to his opponents.

“Let us be friends,” he said at a news conference after voting in Davao. “Let us begin the process of healing.”

Among the other presidential candidates, Sen. Grace Poe had 8.1 million votes and Vice President Jejomar Binay had 4.8 million, according to the partial unofficial results. Poe conceded defeat early Tuesday.

In the vice presidential race, Rep. Leni Robredo, was leading narrowly with 13.31 million votes, ahead of Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr., who had 13.16 million votes. Marcos Jr. is the son of the former dictator who ruled the Philippines from 1972 until he was ousted in 1986 in a “people power” revolt.

Aside from the presidential and vice presidential races, more than 45,000 candidates contested 18,000 national, congressional and local positions in elections that have traditionally been tainted by violence and accusations of cheating.

About 55 million Filipinos registered to vote at 36,000 polling places across the archipelago of more than 7,100 islands, including in a small fishing village in a Philippine-occupied island in the disputed South China Sea.

Weary of poverty, poor public services, crime, corruption and insurgencies in the hinterlands, voters in the nation of 100 million people looked for radical change at the top.

Duterte tapped into that discontent, pledging to end crime in half a year, even though police said it was impossible. The other candidates stuck to less audacious reforms.

He has not articulated an overall foreign policy, but has described himself as a socialist wary of the U.S.-Philippine security alliance. He has worried members of the armed forces by saying that communist rebels could play a role in his government.

When the Australian and U.S. ambassadors criticized a joke he made about wanting to be the first to have raped an Australian missionary who was gang-raped and killed by inmates in a 1989 jail riot, he told them to shut up.

He said he would talk with China about territorial disputes in the South China Sea but if nothing happened, he would sail to an artificial island newly created by China and plant the Philippine flag there. China, he said, could shoot him and turn him into a national hero.

All of Duterte’s opponents have accused him of making remarks that threaten the rule of law and democracy.

Analysts predicted that a Duterte win would weaken the Philippine peso, given his uncertain economic platform. The jitters have affected the Philippine stock market, which fell Friday–the last day of trading before Monday’s election holiday–for the 10th time in 11 days.

“Duterte is completely out of the system, he’s out of the box,” said political science professor Richard Heydarian of De La Salle University in Manila, adding that in the mayor’s portrayal of social problems, “there is a gap between the rhetoric and reality but it’s working, it’s creating panic among a lot of people and rallying them behind Duterte.”

Actor John Cho becomes Twitter meme for whitewashing in Hollywood

Asian-American actor John Cho has become a Twitter meme against whitewashing in Hollywood, with his face replacing lead actors in major blockbuster film posters to prove a longstanding point.

In the hashtag #starringjohncho, the Korean-American actor perhaps best known for his roles as Harold in “Harold and Kumar” and Sulu in “Star Trek” is skillfully photoshopped into movie posters replacing Matt Damon in “The Martian,” Daniel Craig in “Spectre” and Chris Evans as Captain America in “Avengers: Age of Ultron.”

Created by 25-year-old William Yu, the project was born out of the #OscarsSoWhite campaign that polarized the issue between whites and blacks – and left out every other race in between including Asians.

Check out the posters at https://twitter.com/starringjohncho.

Alcalde populista casi seguro presidente de Filipinas

MANILA, Filipinas (AP) — Un alcalde que ha prometido matar a sospechosos criminales y acabar con el delito en seis meses parecía encaminado a convertirse en el próximo presidente de Filipinas, tras conseguir una ventaja irremontable en un conteo extraoficial de los comicios del lunes.

Rodrigo Duterte, alcalde de la sureña ciudad de Davao, se había asegurado más de 14,4 millones de votos, de acuerdo con un conteo de 87% de las casillas de votación. El más cercano de sus rivales, el ex secretario del Interior Mar Roxas, tenía 8,6 millones de votos. Los resultados finales se esperan para el martes.

“Podemos anunciarlo ahora porque la brecha es muy grande comparada con el máximo que puede conseguir el candidato en segundo lugar” del resto de los votos, dijo William Yu, del Consejo Parroquial Pastoral para Votación Responsable. El grupo está acreditado por la Comisión Electoral para realizar el “conteo rápido” extraoficial.

Una victoria de Duterte representaría un enorme cambio político en Filipinas. Comenzando como alguien fuera del sistema, Duterte aumentó su popularidad con promesas radicales de eliminar la pobreza, la corrupción y el crimen. Tiene reputación de combatir el delito en Davao durante 22 años, pero ha sido acusado de ordenar ejecuciones extrajudiciales para conseguirlo.

El sábado, el último día de la campaña, Duterte recalcó que proseguirá con su política.

“Todos ustedes que se drogan, sabandijas, de verdad los voy a matar”, dijo Duterte, un ex fiscal de 71 años, en un acto de campaña. “No tengo paciencia, ni término medio: O me matan ustedes o yo los matos, idiotas”.

Millones de filipinos hicieron fila bajo un sofocante calor para votar.

Cansados de la pobreza, la corrupción y los movimientos insurgentes en el interior del país, los votantes buscan un cambio radical en el gobierno y esperan que el hombre que lo lidere sea Duterte.

Durante la campaña electoral, Duterte ha salpicado sus discursos con alardes sobre su potencia sexual gracias al Viagra y bromas sobre violaciones. Pero el alcalde ha logrado sacar partido del descontento generalizado y los votantes están dispuestos a hacerse de la vista gorda ante su lenguaje grosero.

El impetuoso Duterte, que ha sido comparado con el virtual nominado republicano a la presidencia de Estados Unidos, Donald Trump, ha amenazado con cerrar el Congreso y formar un gobierno revolucionario si los legisladores ponen trabas a su gobierno. Su comportamiento le ha ganado el apodo de “Duterte Harry” en referencia al personaje “Dirty Harry” (Harry el Sucio) de Clint Eastwood.

Esto ha alarmado a la clase política, que teme que Duterte eche por tierra el progreso económico que tanto costó conseguir bajo el mando del presidente saliente, Benigno Aquino III. Aquino calificó a Duterte de amenaza para la democracia y lo comparó con Adolf Hitler.

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Constance Wu And John Cho Are The Superstars Of This New Hashtag Movement

Constance Wu And John Cho Are The Superstars Of This New Hashtag Movement

The viral #StarringJohnCho and #StarringConstanceWu posts reimagine the actors as leads in your favorite blockbuster movies.

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#StarringJohnCho imagines a more diverse Hollywood, one poster at a time

In the wake of this year’s #OscarsSoWhite controversy and recent accusations of whitewashing leveled at several high-profile films, a new social media campaign is imagining what a more diverse Hollywood might look like — and it might look a lot like John Cho.

#StarringJohnCho both highlights the underrepresentation of Asians in Hollywood and envisions an alternative by smoothly Photoshopping the Korean-American actor into posters for movies like Spectre, The Martian, Jurassic World, and Me Before You (all of which have white male leads).

The project is the brainchild of William Yu, a 25-year-old digital strategist who told the New York Times that he was partly motivated by Asian-Americans being left out of the #OscarsSoWhite conversation.

“It was very much a two-sided argument,” he said in an interview. “You had a white issue, and you had an African-American issue.”

Yu also said he was motivated by a UCLA study that suggested films with more diverse casts make more money.

“That was kind of the linchpin of me thinking, ‘If that’s true, then why aren’t we seeing leads reflecting this fact?’” he said. “If they’re not casting these leads, let’s show what Hollywood would look like if they did.”

Cho, whose credits include the Star Trek and Harold and Kumar movies, will be next be seen in Star Trek Beyond, opening July 22.

Representatives for the actor did not immediately respond to request for comment about #StarringJohnCho, but he did send a heart emoji to the project’s Twitter account.

John Cho as James Bond in Spectre? We’d go see it! #StarringJohnCho pic.twitter.com/09YAB2OP63
— #StarringJohnCho (@starringjohncho) April 28, 2016

What if Sarah and Joseph Rogers had adopted an Asian child and named him Steve? See the result. #StarringJohnCho pic.twitter.com/WywOaZP60D
— #StarringJohnCho (@starringjohncho) May 5, 2016

John Cho as William Traynor in Me Before You? We’d go see it! #StarringJohnCho pic.twitter.com/OtFsIg37iX
— #StarringJohnCho (@starringjohncho) April 28, 2016

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— John Cho (@JohnTheCho) May 10, 2016

Filmfan verdeutlicht das Weißwaschen in US-Filmen mit Hilfe von John Cho

Ein US-amerikanischer Filmfan appelliert mit einem viral verbreiteten Hashtag und einem Bild des Schauspielers John Cho aus „Star Trek“ an Hollywood, „sich endlich einmal für einen asiatisch-amerikanischen Hauptdarsteller zu entscheiden“.

William Yu, ein 25-jähriger digitaler Stratege, schuf den Hashtag #StarringJohnCho als Reaktion auf das Weißwaschen, das in Hollywood gang und gäbe ist, und möchte interessierten Studios damit eine visuelle Hilfestellung geben.

Chos Gesicht wurde per Photoshop auf verschiedene Filmposter übertragen, die verdeutlichen sollen, wie gut er sich als asiatisch-amerikanischer Hauptdarsteller eignet.

„#StarringJohnCho ist eine soziale Bewegung, die zeigt, wie moderne Hollywood-Blockbuster mit asiatisch-amerikanischen Schauspielern – im Besonderen John Cho – als Hauptdarsteller aussehen würden“, schreibt Yu auf der Webseite.

„Ich habe genug davon, zu hören, dass sie sich keinen asiatisch-amerikanischen Schauspieler als romantischen Hauptdarsteller oder Held vorstellen können. Deshalb habe ich #StarringJohnCho geschaffen, um es ihnen vor Augen zu führen.“

„Wenn Cho also demnächst für einen schockierenden Thriller, eine lustige romantische Komödie, ein oscarreifes Drama oder einen rekordverdächtigen Action-Blockbuster gecastet wird, sollte er bekommen, was er sich schon immer verdient hat: eine HAUPTROLLE.“

Auch andere Menschen haben inzwischen begonnen, Cho in verschiedene Filmposter einzufügen – und er sieht auf allen sehr gut aus.

Das sogenannte Weißwaschen in Hollywood sorgte für kurzem dafür, dass Filme wie „Gods of Egypt“, „Pan“, „Prince of Persia“ und „Exodus: Götter und Könige“ kritisiert wurden.

Für Aufregung sorgten auch die von Scarlett Johansson dargestellte Figur in „Ghost In The Shell“ und die von Tilda Swinton gespielte Figur in „Doctor Strange“, die beide von westlichen Schauspielerinnen gespielt werden, obwohl das im Ursprungsmaterial nicht vorgesehen ist (Swintons Figur ist im Comic allerdings auch ein Mann).

Als die E-Mails von Sony gehackt wurden, wurde eine Nachricht des hochkarätigen Drehbuchautors Aaron Sorkin an Studiochefin Amy Pascal veröffentlicht, in der er über eine Filmversion des Buchs „Flash Boys“ schrieb: ‚Der Hauptdarsteller ist ein asiatischer Amerikaner (eigentlich ein asiatischer Kanadier) und es gibt keine asiatischen Filmstars‘, was ihn an den Erfolgschancen des Films zweifeln ließ.

Cho ist derzeit (noch) nicht offiziell Teil der Bewegung, gestern Abend tweete er aber offensichtlich seine volle Zustimmung.

Kommt schon Leute, das schaffen wir!

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