"In the modern age of movie make up, it is disturbing to see poorly done Asian eye prosthetics to make Caucasian men look Asian," Guy Aoki, MANAA's founding president, said in a statement. "It appears that to turn white and black actors into Asian characters (black actor Keith David was also Asian in the 2144 story), the make-up artists believed they only had to change their eyes, not their facial structure and complexion."
Lest you think that MANAA is just upset over what they believe to be a bad makeup job, Aoki stressed that the issue is deeper than that. Citing "Cloud Atlas" as a "missed great opportunity," Aoki lamented the filmmakers' decision to cast Sturgess as the lead in the 2014 storyline. "He’s the one who liberates [a clone played by actress] Doona Bae from her repressive life and encourages her to join the resistance against the government. It would have been a great, stereotype-busting role for an Asian American actor to play, as Asian American men aren’t allowed to be dynamic or heroic very often."
And some more food for thought: In their statement, MANAA made reference to one plotline concerning black slaves and how each slave was played by a black actor, to backup their claim that double standards were used. "You have to ask yourself: Would the directors have used blackface on a white actor...? I don’t think so: That would have outraged African American viewers. But badly done yellowface is still OK."
What's your take on MANAA's harsh criticisms? Are they warranted? [Source: THR]