So, remember that time Cameron Crowe made a movie called Aloha and thought it would be a good idea to cast Emma Stone (yes, the very white girl seen above next to Bradley Cooper) as a character named Allison Ng who is quarter Chinese, a quarter Hawaiian, and a quarter Swedish? And then everyone was like “Wait, you serious Cameron Crowe?” Well, Cameron Crowe would like you to know he’s sorry for ever doing that.
Cameron Crowe posted a long apology statement to his personal website (via TIME) yesterday, which begins by claiming Aloha has been a “misunderstood movie“, thanks to those Sony email hacks, followed by an explanation about how he thought it would be OK because she was based on a real-life woman from Hawaii who had red hair and didn’t look half-Asian. You can read the full thing here, but this is the “Sorry” part:
“Whether that story point felt hurtful or humorous has been, of course, the topic of much discussion. However I am so proud that in the same movie, we employed many Asian-American, Native-Hawaiian and Pacific-Islanders, both before and behind the camera… including Dennis “Bumpy” Kanahele, and his village, and many other locals who worked closely in our crew and with our script to help ensure authenticity.
We were extremely proud to present the island, the locals and the film community with many jobs for over four months. Emma Stone was chief among those who did tireless research, and if any part of her fine characterization has caused consternation and controversy, I am the one to blame.”
He then went on to say that he hopes to tell stories of racial diversity in the future. “Cool! If you have any roles that require a half-Asian actress, give me a call – I’ve got a client who has been told she can play half-Asian” texted Emma Stone’s agent to Cameron Crowe.
If only Cameron Crowe would now go back and apologize for some of his other more questionable casting choices. Like casting Tom Cruise as a guy who gets two women without the help of an L. Ron Hubbard-approved contract. I mean, come on!