The director recently tried to explain the casting choice and own up to the whitewashing, and Variety has now spoken to several Asian actors and Asian visibility groups regarding the controversy.
- Media Action Network for Asian Americans (MANAA) argued that an Asian woman could've easily been cast instead of Tilda. MANAA’s former president Guy Aoki also noted that whitewashing of Asian comic book characters has happened before, for example: The Mandarin (Guy Pearce) in 'Iron Man' and Talia al Ghul (Marion Cotillard) in 'The Dark Knight Rises'
- Benedict Wong, who’s also in the movie, defended the casting, praising two strong female leads in the movie.
- Kelly Hu (X2, Arrow) said the whitewashing is a shame, and that with movies going global these days, Asians making up a big part of the population, it should reflect on Hollywood as well.
- Lewis Tan (Iron Fist) says he’s not the biggest fan of the casting choice, can see why they switched it up, but doesn’t agree that the role would be too stereotypical.