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Matt Damon Thinks It’s Perfectly Normal for Him to Play a Hero of the Chinese

Matt Damon has been criticized for his newest role in The Great Wall. Many have a problem with him leading a group of Chinese soldiers to victory, but Damon blames it on clickbait.

Damon has no problem with playing a Chinese leader and feels that clickbait headlines are the heart of the problem. “It suddenly becomes a story because people click on it, versus the traditional ways that a story would get vetted before it would get to that point,” Damon said.

Unfortunately, these articles typically discuss whether it’s appropriate for Damon to play an ancient Chinese hero since he’s a white American dude. Though Damon is not playing a character of Chinese decent, he is playing the sole white man who leads all the Asians to glory. It might not be Mickey Rooney in Breakfast at Tiffany’s bad, but it’s sad that a white guy has to be the hero in a tale from Chinese mythology.

Matt isn’t blind to the problem of whitewashing, but he feels that it only describes when a white person wears makeup to play another race. Damon says he takes whitewashing very seriously and clearly thinks he is not contributing to that problem.

Perhaps when the movie is released, we’ll see that this epic is a wonderful celebration of Chinese culture with a white guy thrown in for marketing reasons. Hopefully, next time we can just take out the white guy.

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AussieDan
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The problem with common sense is that it isn’t that common anymore, as evidenced by the reaction’s to Matt’s completely common sense position.

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is not up to you Erik, to say which type of sexual misconduct was “not as bad” and to establish if Dylan Farrow’s allegations are or aren’t true. Mansplaining sexual abuse to women, and given massive yet not surprising extent of what the #mettoo movement has shown to us. is safe to say all of us have been a victim of in one way or another. So no, not Damon nor you can explain to us was is “not as bad”. The women CK harassed have had their careers and lives derailed by his behaviour that you guys see as… Read more »
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Saying that bad acts are on a continuum isn’t controversial at all. Saying this?

“I think you can say that while also saying that maybe what Louis C.K. did wasn’t as bad or even that the allegations that Woody Allen molested Dylan Farrow probably aren’t true.”
Is complete horseshit. Louis C.K.’s shit is incredibly bad, and he completely deserves what’s happening to him. But above all, if you think that Woody Allen probably didn’t molest Dylan Farrow, you’re either completely misinformed (which at this point, for anyone in media, is gross negligence) or you’re a monstrous asshole. Period.

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