Bradley Cooper’s new film ‘Aloha’ is a ‘Whitewashed’ Disaster
Bradley Cooper’s new film Aloha directed by Cameron Crowe has gotten a blistering review from an Asian American group, describing it as “whitewashed” and an “insult” to Hawaii.
The main cast of the movie set in Hawaii are all white: Bradley Cooper, Bill Murray, Emma Stone, Rachel McAdams, Alec Baldwin, Danny McBride and John Krasinski. The biggest roles for Asian-Pacific Islanders in the film are characters with no names: “Indian pedestrian,” “upscale Japanese tourist” and “upscale restaurant guest.”
The Media Action Network for Asian Americans sent a press release via the NY Post:
“Caucasians only make up 30 percent of the population [of Hawaii], but from watching this film, you’d think they made up 99 percent,” says MANAA’s Guy Aoki, a former resident of Hawaii.
“This comes in a long line of films — ‘The Descendants,’ ‘50 First Dates,’ ‘Blue Crush,’ ‘Pearl Harbor’ — that uses Hawaii for its exotic backdrop but goes out of its way to exclude the very people who live there. It’s an insult to the diverse culture and fabric of Hawaii.”
Referring to Crowe’s comment on social media that he wanted to play off the rich history of Hawaii, Aoki says, “How can you educate your audience to the ‘rich history’ of Hawaii by using mostly white people and excluding the majority of the people who live there and who helped build that history — APIs?”
Aloha is reported to be a “disaster” and was originally scheduled for a December 2014 release. In the hacked Sony e-mails last year, former studio chief Amy Pascal described the script as “ridiculous” and “it never, not even once, ever works.” Test reaction from audiences have been reported to be awful.
Sony Pictures has taken a huge step in trying suppress comments on the film by showing it to critics only last Tuesday and has imposed an embargo until May 28 – just hours before it opens next week!