Emma Stone Opens Up About 'Whitewashing' in Her 'Aloha' Casting: 'I've Become the Butt of Many Jokes'
First, director Cameron Crowe apologized, and now Emma Stone is acknowledging her problematic casting as Allison Ng a woman of Hawaiian and Asian heritage in the romantic comedy flop, Aloha.
"I've become the butt of many jokes," Stone told news.com.au of the controversy surrounding her role. "I've learned on a macro level about the insane history of whitewashing in Hollywood and how prevalent the problem truly is. It's ignited a conversation that's very important."
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While acknowledging the bad move, Stone did speak in defense of Crowe, who has taken most of the heat over her casting.
"The character was not supposed to look like her background which was a quarter Hawaiian and a quarter Chinese," Stone explained.
Back in June, Crowe took responsibility for causing offense by casting Stone in the role, and insisted it wasn't at all his intention.
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"Emma Stone was chief among those who did tireless research," said Crowe, regarding the film's representation of Hawaii. "If any part of her fine characterization has caused consternation and controversy, I am the one to blame."
Beyond her casting, Stone also addressed Hollywood's tendency to pair young actresses (including her) with much older men as their love interests.
"It's rampant in Hollywood and it's definitely been that way for a long time, both culturally and in movies," said Stone. "When I did Magic In the Moonlight, Colin Firth and I talked about the gap which was huge, absolutely, because he was born the same year as my dad."
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"There's a lot of conversation about how we want to see people represented on screen and what we need to change as a business to reflect culture in a clearer way and not in an idealised way," she continued. "There are some flaws in the system. My eyes have been opened in many ways this year."
Interestingly enough, Stone was asked to star in the upcoming Ghostbusters film, but turned it down. Watch the video below to see why.