Cameron Crowe Apologizes For Casting Emma Stone As An Asian Woman In “Aloha”

Cameron Crowe, director of the giant disaster, “Aloha,” has come out with a statement on his personal website about the curious case of Emma Stone, Asian. Her casting as a 1/4 Chinese, 1/4 Hawaiian woman caused quite a ripple, upsetting many with what yet another case of Hollywood whitewashing where this could and should be diversity, as if they were Tom Sawyer gleefully slapping paint on a fence. But now, Crowe is very sorry. His apology actually sounds sorry. Crowe wrote:

As far back as 2007, Captain Allison Ng was written to be a super-proud ¼ Hawaiian who was frustrated that, by all outward appearances, she looked nothing like one.  A half-Chinese father was meant to show the surprising mix of cultures often prevalent in Hawaii.  Extremely proud of her unlikely heritage, she feels personally compelled to over-explain every chance she gets. The character was based on a real-life, red-headed local who did just that.

Okay. So Allison Ng was based on a real person. And Emma Stone was cast because she fit the role that Cameron Crowe had in his head, which is fine, because that is what directors do. It is their vision, after all, and we are merely captives to that vision. I will accept your answer, Crowe, because it is apparently the truth, but regardless, please understand that you could have SOMEHOW found a way in that big, heavy movie-director brain of yours to make this feel less like a joke. [The Uncool]