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Producer of Birth of the Dragon defends whitewashing


Producer Michael London defends the choice to make a Bruce Lee film (played by Philip Ng) that focuses on a white character: “It was made primarily to allow distributors to see the film as a marketable proposition. From a Hollywood standpoint, Birth of the Dragon looks like a foreign film: it has a largely Asian cast, it was financed by Asian financiers, there’s only a single white actor. What’s so funny was that, while we have been accused of tokenism over the portrayal of Asian characters, during the making of the movie we were concerned about tokenism for the exact opposite reason, because we only had one white character.”

They called the backlash to this film Birth of the Dragon "painful".
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Tags: asian celebrities, race / racism
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