Wu posted her racist outburst to Twitter and media outlets reported on it.
Can we all at least agree that hero-bias & "but it's really hard to finance" are no longer excuses for racism? TRY pic.twitter.com/mvNet5PrtH— Constance Wu (@ConstanceWu) July 29, 2016
Wu essentially accusing the Chinese makers of The Great Wall of “whitewashing” makes no sense and people have noted this (HT: @davedauthor).
(“Whitewashing” is a Marxist term designed to demonize white people when they are in roles that “belong” to nonwhites.)
Beyond this, the Chinese director (Zhang Yimou) of The Great Wall revealed exactly why the film cast Damon as an actor. And it has nothing to do with whitewashing (bolding mine).
In many ways The Great Wall is the opposite of what is being suggested. For the first time, a film deeply rooted in Chinese culture, with one of the largest Chinese casts ever assembled, is being made at tent pole scale for a world audience. I believe that is a trend that should be embraced by our industry. Our film is not about the construction of the Great Wall. Matt Damon is not playing a role that was originally conceived for a Chinese actor. The arrival of his character in our story is an important plot point. There are five major heroes in our story and he is one of them — the other four are all Chinese. The collective struggle and sacrifice of these heroes are the emotional heart of our film. As the director of over 20 Chinese language films and the Beijing Olympics, I have not and will not cast a film in a way that was untrue to my artistic vision. I hope when everyone sees the film and is armed with the facts they will agree.
Right now, the U.S. is still king of the film industry. But that could change in the coming years, with the Chinese taking the top spot. And Zhang just explicitly stated that is exactly what he wants to happen—what he is trying to help bring about with The Great Wall.
On a side note, read Wu’s racist rant in full and notice how she makes comments such as, “Our heroes don’t look like Matt Damon. They look like Malala. Ghandi. Mandela.”
THR refers to Wu as “Taiwanese-American.” Her IMDB page says she was born in America. That would make her American by birth.
So why is she referring to non-Americans as “our heroes?”
The Great Wall is a Chinese-made film signaling the Chinese intent to become the country that controls the film industry and thus controls how people think. Yet truth means nothing to people like Wu.
One final thing: the public would do well to remember Wu’s comments when the PLA decides the time is right to retake Taiwan. Then, the U.S. should make sure it sends her and others like her it to defend Taiwan, with no white men around to help them.