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Another Whitewashed Project: "The Weapon" From Platinum Studios 
17th-Sep-2009 09:19 pm
Moon
We have another upcoming film with a whitewashed lead character to add to the list.


'Waverly' star joins 'Weapon' adaptation
By Jay A. Fernandez
Sept 15, 2009, 11:00 PM ET

David Henrie of the Disney Channel series "Wizards of Waverly Place" will pair with Platinum Studios to develop its comic book series, "The Weapon," into a feature film he'd star in.

"Weapon" follows martial arts enthusiast and inventor Tommy Zhou, who has developed a ground-breaking portable innovation that an evil order will stop at nothing to steal. Released in 2007, "Weapon" was created by Platinum chairman and CEO Scott Mitchell Rosenberg.

"'The Weapon' is so awesome, and my Disney audience will enjoy the empowerment and action-filled journey my character experiences," Henrie said. "I'm a huge fan and student of MMA (mixed martial arts), and I hope to bring that to the character of Tommy."



Full story here: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/content_display/news/e3i54adc2f71aebbaa410e17679573aea34

Now here's what David Henrie looks like:

D. Henrie


And here's Tommy Zhou from the cover of "The Weapon":

Photobucket

I did a little digging and it looks like the entire four-issue comic by Fred Van Lente is online, completely legit at Drunkduck.com

Scanning through the first issue, we learn Tommy Zhou is a martial artist and inventor who was was raised by his Shanghainese grandfather in Honolulu Chinatown. And there's massive amounts of Chinese culture and imagery all over the comic, and ingrained into the plot itself.

So we have a lead character who was designed from the ground-up to be an Asian-American superhero. And the the perfect person to play him is a Caucasian Disney Channel star.

There is really not enough FAIL in the world to convey the wrongness here.
Comments 
18th-Sep-2009 06:37 am (UTC)
Oh for crying out loud! :/

But the comic does look awesome. Thank you for the link!
18th-Sep-2009 06:40 am (UTC)
augh. really? :\

heyyyyyyy maybe we'll get some asians playing background roles! because that would even everything out!!
18th-Sep-2009 09:09 am (UTC)
And trees! Don't forget the trees!
18th-Sep-2009 06:43 am (UTC)
Ugh. There's another potentially awesome movie I won't be seeing.

Thanks for the link to the comic. I'll have to check it out.
18th-Sep-2009 07:19 am (UTC)
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18th-Sep-2009 03:05 pm (UTC)
oh my God this face

I am incapable of making it myself

but I often feel this way.

thank you for this gif. *saves*
18th-Sep-2009 07:20 am (UTC)
Cue procasters saying "But you don't know he's Asian!" in 3... 2... 1....
18th-Sep-2009 08:28 am (UTC)
BUT YOU DON'T KNOW HE'S ASIAN!!!!!!!!111

Yeah, won't be seeing this film.
18th-Sep-2009 08:49 am (UTC)
OH FOR-

So how long before we can expect to see a live action adaptation of some choice selections out of Secret Identities: Asian-American Superhero Anthology, starring all Caucasian teenyboppers as the title characters? (With a couple ~EXOTIC ASIAN GIRLS~ for the love interests and a few fobby villainous Asian guys, of course.)
18th-Sep-2009 03:23 pm (UTC)
I haven't even read any of the stuff from Secret Identities, and that would make me cry, if it happened. :( It's just heart-breaking to even imagine.

This sort of thing makes me think more and more that I shouldn't even think about writing stuff about my multi-racial superhero team, because I'm afraid that people would try to white wash my characters. (Of course, that's me being pretentious and thinking I could ever get that popular, but still, it's a nightmare to think that they would be turned white.)
18th-Sep-2009 09:23 am (UTC)
And the racefail continues... Is it just me or are the news about whitewashed/racial discriminative movies rapidly increasing these days? O_o So for the pro-caster's argument that whitewashing was a practise in the past and just happens coincidental today: Sorry, entertainment industry screwed you over and is delivering more and more facts to support our points. It's like they are hosting a Who makes the most offending movie? contest. "You thought TLA is fucked up? HA! LOOK AT THIS!!"
18th-Sep-2009 02:46 pm (UTC)
'Is it just me or are the news about whitewashed/racial discriminative movies rapidly increasing these days?'

I'm beginning to smell a conspiracy theory abounding here... and it IS beginning to be too obvious! >_>;
18th-Sep-2009 09:23 am (UTC) - Head, meet desk
Anonymous
Oh dear LORD...

I'm genuinely starting to think that there's SOMETHING in the water in Hollywood that's affecting people's brains...

This is something that clearly needs attention. Does MANAA or EWP know about this? If not, we should drop a line...
18th-Sep-2009 03:25 pm (UTC) - Re: Head, meet desk
This is something that clearly needs attention. Does MANAA or EWP know about this? If not, we should drop a line...

Totally second this. What would be a good way to get in touch with them and let them know about this?
18th-Sep-2009 01:02 pm (UTC)
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i mean david henrie is really hot and all but

GAAAAAAAHHHHHHHH. >______
18th-Sep-2009 04:21 pm (UTC)
Oh, this David Henrie:



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18th-Sep-2009 01:32 pm (UTC)
I...I have no words.

Did the Church of Scientology put something in y'all's water, Hollywood?
18th-Sep-2009 03:30 pm (UTC)
See above.
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18th-Sep-2009 02:49 pm (UTC)
*repeatedly bashes her head against the wall*

No, no, NO! Uuuuugh! ><;
18th-Sep-2009 03:18 pm (UTC)
Oh for the love of fuck.

Okay, when the comic explicitly states that the character's grandfather is Chinese, then that means that the character is at least a quarter Chinese (possibly more, I haven't read the comic). So he is ASIAN. And if it's set in the real world, then there isn't even any room for the 'well, it's just a fantasy, so they aren't related to real races' bullshit that we see in pro-casting arguments for TLA.

Just. Jesus H. Christ. 21, TLA, now this... auuuuuuuggggggghhhh.

On a lighter note, the comic looks kind of interesting, and I may go take a look at it.
18th-Sep-2009 06:22 pm (UTC)
Okay, when the comic explicitly states that the character's grandfather is Chinese, then that means that the character is at least a quarter Chinese (possibly more, I haven't read the comic).

Pfft...! Naw, Hollywood doesn't do that sort of thing. They're color-blind, you see, so they can cast Asian actors to be grandparents but have completely white children and grandchildren (see Three Ninjas, Dragonball Evolution), and there's no problem!
18th-Sep-2009 03:25 pm (UTC)
No, it's not April first...
18th-Sep-2009 03:38 pm (UTC)
18th-Sep-2009 04:21 pm (UTC)
Isn't it worth noting that he kind of already does? I mean, on Wizards of Waverly Place, the dad is of Italian descent and the Mom is Hispanic -- I don't think nationality is ever established in the show, but she speaks Spanish and encourages her kids to learn it so all three have been taking Spanish in school, and the actress who plays the mother is of Cuban descent.

Of the actors who play the three kids, Selena Gomez is half Italian and half Mexican. Jake T. Austin, from what I can tell, has no Italian heritage; he has a father of Polish, Irish, and English descent and a mother of Puerto-Rican and Argentine descent. David Henrie, from what I can tell, has no Hispanic heritage; his family is Italian.

Edited at 2009-09-18 04:26 pm (UTC)
18th-Sep-2009 04:29 pm (UTC)
"Isn't it worth noting that he kind of already does? I mean, on Wizards of Waverly Place, the dad is of Italian descent and the Mom is Hispanic -- I don't think nationality is ever established in the show, but she speaks Spanish and encourages her kids to learn it so all three have been taking Spanish in school, and the actress who plays the mother is of Cuban descent.

Of the actors who play the three kids, Selena Gomez is half Italian and half Mexican. Jake T. Austin, from what I can tell, has no Italian heritage; he has a father of Polish, Irish, and English descent and a mother of Puerto-Rican and Argentine descent. David Henrie, from what I can tell, has no Hispanic heritage; his family is Italian."


And doing the math, that all adds up to Chinese. LOL

Well.. I'm sure somebody thinks so...
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