From The News of Australia:
Ridley Scott slammed for whitewashing Asian characters in The Martian
OCTOBER 9, 2015 12:55PM
DIRECTOR Ridley Scott has been slammed for whitewashing Asian characters in his sci-fi blockbuster The Martian.
Whitewashing is the practice of casting white actors in roles originally written for non-white characters.
Starring Matt Damon, the The Martian cast white actress Mackenzie Davis and black actor Chiwetel Ejiofor as characters identified as Asian in the book which the film is adapted from. Guy Aoki, Founding President of the Media Action Network for Asian Americans (MANAA), said the film should be barred from receiving awards for its “racist” casting.
In the movie, they gave the noble Dr. Kapor a Hindu father, like Nikki Minaj.
But it’s a dull role. The only supporting actor in the movie who gets to have fun is Jeff Daniels as the Possibly Evil White Man in Charge. Pretty soon we’ll be reading denunciations of how old white men like Jeff Daniels get all the interesting roles in which the character isn’t wholly virtuous.