It seems like mainstream media consistently whitewashes leading roles instead of providing equal opportunity. So, with the help of Yukina Mitsuhashi we decided to photoshop a few Asian-American people as leads in famous movie posters to prove there is a spot in Hollywood for everyone.
And the lack of representation recently sparked outrage on Twitter, inspiring hashtags such as "#StarringJohnCho" and "#StarringConstanceWu," in which people photoshopped high-grossing movie posters with Asian leads.
Steven and Maggie recreated the iconic Mr. and Mrs. Smith movie poster.
Maggie was looking forward to finally seeing faces on posters that looked like her loved ones.
And Steven was ready to challenge the stereotypes people associated him with.
So they turned this…
Next was Sean, who was photoshopped into the Jurassic World poster.
According to the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, only 5.3% of characters in the top 100 films of 2014 were Asian. So, Sean was excited to finally see himself shown in mainstream media.
Because even in the roles Asians were given... they were typically cast as harmful stereotypes.
But Sean was about to challenge those stereotypes...