Seven weeks after audiences walked out of theaters and hissed “I’m sorry I spent $13 on that pile of crap,” people are still apologizing for Aloha. Technically only one person has apologized, and it was Aloha director Cameron Crowe who said “I’m sorry” for casting Emma Stone as a quarter-Chinese, quarter-Hawaiian character named Allison Ng. But I’m also counting the pretend apology I got from the makers of Aloha for putting Kenny Powers in a movie set in Hawaii and not letting him whip around the island on a Jet Ski at least once.
Emma Stone recently spoke to News.au.com (via E! News) and talked about the whole Allison Ng situation. She didn’t exactly apologize, but she did want you to know she fully understands how much Emma Stone playing a part-Asian character made some people uncomfortably tug at their collars and say “Eeeeshhh.”
“I’ve become the butt of many jokes. I’ve learned on a macro level about the insane history of whitewashing in Hollywood and how prevalent the problem truly is. Its ignited a conversation that’s very important.”
“For example, I recently had a conversation with my agent about why they didn’t try to talk me out of signing on to such a disaster.” Emma didn’t actually say that, but I’m sure that’s a thing that definitely happened. She also talked about the other not-exactly-right thing that has happened several times to Emma Stone recently in her career: playing the love interest to a guy old enough to start worrying about his cholesterol.
“It’s rampant in Hollywood and it’s definitely been that way for a long time, both culturally and in movies. But in Irrational Man, the film is contingent upon the age difference; the movie is about that disparity. And when I did Magic in the Moonlight, Colin Firth and I talked about the gap which was huge, absolutely, because he was born the same year as my dad.”
She then added, “There are some flaws in the system. My eyes have been opened in many ways this year.” Be careful, girl. Don’t open your eyes too much, or they might fall right out of your face.