— TW: Dave (@Dave_Blogger) December 16, 2013
I’m mad that Hollywood so fucking racist and sexist and *ist. Whether Keanu Reeves is or isn’t 1/4 Chinese is irrelevant. Keanu Reeves presents as, behaves as, and is cast by movie makers as, a white dude.
The premise of the Ronin movie and all other movies in it’s category, is always, ‘Yeah, you’re all great warriors and whatever, but you really need a white savior to come and get you out of your mess.’ This is also why I hate Avatar, which just puts an alien spin on this concept.
Saying Keanu is 1/4 Chinese as a means to making this OK, is like casting straight actors in gay roles and saying it’s cool because they fooled around one time with their (same gender) best friend when they were drunk. Completely irrelevant if the goal is to have people who identify and are identified with marginalized communites portray those roles.
But that’s a separate conversation.