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Emma Stone Shouting An Apology At The Golden Globes For Taking A Whitewashed Part In The Movie Aloha Is Extremely Cringe

Let embarrassed apologies be the sweet sound of 2019.

Sandra Oh took aim at Hollywood’s whitewashing problem while hosting the Golden Globes with a very sick burn.

“Crazy Rich Asians is the first film with an Asian-American lead since Ghost in the Shell and Aloha.”

The joke is of course, that those Asian lead characters were inevitably played by white actors, as is the habit of Hollywood. The culprits taking on those roles Sandra Oh referenced were Scarlett Johansson starring in the live-action version of the iconic Japanese movie, Ghost in the Shell, and Emma Stone playing a character intended to be of Hawaiian and Chinese heritage in Aloha. 

So at the tail-end of the applause for Sandra’s joke, Emma Stone shouted an apology from the crowd.

“I’m sorry!” you can hear her shout over the cheering.

It’s a shame that we didn’t get to actually see Emma Stone’s reaction to the burn, but the audio of the apology is cringe enough to suffice. Besides, I imagine that the looks on the faces of the people around her might have killed us all from second-second-hand embarrassment.

Back in 2015 when Aloha came out (and flopped), Stone received a lot of backlash for taking the role. She admitted that the whole thing was a mistake and a learning experience for her about Hollywood’s problem with whitewashing.

“I’ve learned on a macro level about the insane history of whitewashing in Hollywood and how prevalent the problem truly is. It’s ignited a conversation that’s very important,” She said in 2015.

While the shouted apology is almost as cringe as the scripted comedy of the Golden Globes, it does at least represent a situation where someone has successfully been criticised without being condemned or ‘cancelled’. Call out culture tends to leave no space for people to make mistakes and learn, which can be important if the mistakes are salvageable enough.

So here’s to a year of more cringe-worthy “I’m sorry’s”, because 2019 is the year to have your tail between your legs and own your sh*t.

The Golden Globes Failing To Improve On Last Year’s All Male Director Nominees Is Disheartening

It will happen, just...not this year.

Remember earlier this year at The Golden Globes award show, when the #MeToo movement was kicking off and there was a heightened awareness of gender inequality in Hollywood?

Remember when certified legend Natalie Portman did this when introducing the nominees for the ‘Best Director’ category?

Well The Golden Globes has just released the full list of nominees for the 76th awards show, and while there are a lot of amazing, worthy people on the line up, unfortunately this will be another year with all male nominees in the category of ‘Best Director’.

Nominated for best director we have Bradley Cooper for A Star Is Born, Alfonso Cuaron for Roma, Peter Farrelly for Green Book, Spike Lee for BlacKkKlansman and Adam McKay for Vice. All did incredible work, but obviously the serial absence of women in the category highlights a glaring problem with the industry.

Though of these nominees, Spike Lee deserves special commendation in my opinion for his look at race and racism in BlacKkKlansman. An epic and important film. Plus, it’s no secret that Hollywood awards shows (and Hollywood in general) are not just dealing with gender inequality, they are also famously whitewashed.

The only woman to ever win the GG’s best director title remains to be Barbara Streisand, when she was the first female to be nominated and won in 1984 for Yentl. Streisand was nominated again in 1992 for The Prince of Tides, and only four other women have been been nominated in the category besides her. 

While it’s super disappointing to see another year lack the female representation we deserve, if we keep pushing then things will have to change. Then hopefully not too long from now, we won’t have to have this discussion at all.

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