Advocacy groups have accused the film of whitewashing its characters.
Natalie Portman :
“I actually didn’t know that. I’m hearing that for the first time. That does sound problematic, but I’m hearing it here first. We need more representation of Asians on film, of Hispanics on film, of blacks on film, women and particularly women of color, Native Americans — I mean, we just don’t have enough representation. And also these categories like ‘white’ and ‘nonwhite’ — they’re imagined classifications but have real-life consequences…And I hope that begins to change, because I think everyone is becoming more conscious of it, which hopefully will make change.”
Leigh about the whitewashing accusations : “It’s not in the first novel at all, which I think is the book that Alex read and that he based it on. I think had he known about those things, it might be a different cast. But we’re lucky to have a movie with all women.”