Wes Anderson and Whitewashing (working title)

By: Katlyn McCarthy

Markowicz, Karol. “'They can't even': Why millennials are the 'anxious generation'.” New York Post, New York Post, 21 Mar. 2016, nypost.com/2016/03/20/they-cant-even-why-millennials-are-the-anxious-generation/.

Karol Markowicz's popular article answers the question of why millennials seem to be the most anxious generation yet. She discusses that millennials move away from their hometowns and their families, thus creating more depression and more stress due to lack of support around them. 

Pertaining to my article i want to discuss the use of phones as a crutch for millennials who suffer from anxiety because (as the article states) millennials are known as the anxious generation, and the security of smartphones are a very real help for them. Because millennials have the freedom of the internet and the opportunity to live wherever their heart desires, they usually take the chance. By having smartphones the anxious generation is still able to communicate with their loved ones from across the world (which was nearly impossible for their parents generation) so of course they jump at the opportunity to experience new things and escape from the plausibility of becoming exactly like their parents. But by doing this are millennials actually hurting themselves more? instead of gaining freedom from technology are they losing it due to anxiety disorders caused by their decisions? 

LaMotte, Sandee. “Smartphone addiction could be changing your brain.” CNN, Cable News Network, 1 Dec. 2017, www.cnn.com/2017/11/30/health/smartphone-addiction-study/index.html.

Sandee LaMotte writes an intrging news article on the addiction that people have to their smartphones and the consequences it has on us. Smartphones are not only distracting, but consuming our lives to the point where we develop feelings of anxiety when they are not near.

For my podcast this article raises the question on if it is necessarily millennials faults for being so consumed by technology? They have grown up with it and watched it progress, and been forced to adapt to the new technological age. Technology addiction is a real concern, but for younger millennials how would they know a life without it? Media is all around them and by just being born at the wrong place and the wrong time they were subjected to its after effects such as addiction. By the time most millennials reached adulthood they had already become addicted to things such as their smartphones without even knowing it. So with that being said, is it millennials faults for being so connected to their phones or is it impossible to grow up in that generation and not be? The environment can be as much to blame for millennials ways then simply just their so called narrsicism. 

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Weiner, Jonah. “How Wes Anderson mishandles race.” Slate Magazine, 27 Sept. 2007, www.slate.com/articles/arts/culturebox/2007/09/unbearable_whiteness.html.

This article is all about the different characters roles that Wes Anderson has used in his films that can be portrayed as racist. This is a direct relation to the white washing of Anderson's new film that i discuss in my podcast and i want to bring it into my argument and compare these characters to the use of white actors in the place of culturally accurate actors.

France, Lisa Respers. “#ExpressiveAsians hashtag used to fire back at Hollywood whitewashing.” CNN, Cable News Network, 11 Sept. 2017, www.cnn.com/2017/09/11/entertainment/expressive-asians-whitewashing/index.html.

This article by Lisa Respers France talks about Nancy Wang Yueng's statement in her book that claims that the reason that Asian actors are not cast is because they are thought to not be able to show expressions very well. When this judgement made its way to the public, Asian people everywhere went to twitter starting the hashtag #ExpressiveAsians. This article is helpful in geting to the source of why whitwashing of asian charachters happens, and also shows a response that works in disclaiming such sterotypical (and frankly racist) statements that people in the film industry use to save themselves from being cast as a racist in the media.

Rose, Steve. “Ghost in the Shell's whitewashing: does Hollywood have an Asian problem?” The Guardian, Guardian News and Media, 31 Mar. 2017, www.theguardian.com/film/2017/mar/31/ghost-in-the-shells-whitewashing-does-hollywood-have-an-asian-problem.

This article is about the white washing of the character Motoko Kusanagi in the live action movie of Ghost in the Shell. Scarlett Johansson’s was cast to play the role of the Japanese anime character and the fans were fast to call out the directors whitewashing. The fans were so outraged that they managed to get over 100,000 signatures on a petition saying that a Japanese actress should have been cast for the role.

This article is significant for my story because Scarlett Johansson is said to be starring in Wes Anderson's movie that may also be whitewashing an Asian centered movie. The article goes on to mention other films in which Asian roles have been whitewashing by Caucasian actors which would help me in my research towards comparing different racially compromising movies and seeing what they may have in common with each other.

Sage, Alyssa. “Marvel Responds to 'Doctor Strange' 'Whitewashing' Criticisms Over Tilda Swinton Casting.” Variety, 27 Apr. 2016, variety.com/2016/film/news/doctor-strange-whitewashing-tilda-swinton-marvel-1201762267/.

This article is referring to the other movie/actress addressed in my opinion piece. This article concerns Tilda Swinton (another star of Anderson's new movie) and her role as a Tibetan monk character, The Ancient One. it goes without saying that fans were again outraged by the whitewashing that Marvel tried to cover up by saying that “The Ancient One is a title that is not exclusively held by any one character, but rather a moniker passed down through time, and in this particular film the embodiment is Celtic,”. Sage's article is the only one i've seen so far where the staffing team adresses the issue.Although this would be ideal, the fact that they try to make up excuses instead of apologizing, does not help their case. 

By knowing that both actresses from the 2 sources above were in whitewashing scandals, specifically for portraying the role of Asian characters, why would Anderson choose them? was it a conscious choice or not?

Sharf, Zack. “Wes Anderson Explains Hayao Miyazaki's Influence on 'Isle of Dogs' and Stop-Motion Challenges.” – IndieWire, IndieWire, 15 Feb. 2018, www.indiewire.com/2018/02/wes-anderson-isle-of-dogs-hayao-miyazaki-inspiration-favorite-dog-films-1201928932/amp/.

Zach Sharf's article centers around an interview with Wes Anderson regarding his new movie Isle of Dogs. In this interview Anderson addresses how he integrated Akira Kurowsawa and Hayao Miyazaki's styles into his Japanese influenced movie. Anderson also touched upon the cast and problems that occur during stop motion movies.

This is the first look we (the audience) have gotten into Anderson's choices and reasons for this movie. Although Anderson mentioned the cast, he did not bring up any of the controversy behind it. He did though, give a small explanation for the cast saying, “Most of the actors are people who I either have worked with or who I have loved for years”.  This is something i can definitive use for my podcast when discussing why Anderson chose such a eurocentric cast. I can also talk about how he chooses to use Japanese culture in his movie and whether or not it is okay for him to actually do that.

Sharf, Zack. “'Isle of Dogs': Everything You Need to Know About Wes Anderson's New Stop-Motion Movie.” IndieWire, 7 Feb. 2018, www.indiewire.com/2018/02/isle-of-dogs-everything-to-know-wes-anderson-spoilers-1201925298/.

Another article by Sharf discussing the movie, but this time it explains more of the technical elements like plot, soundtrack, cinematography, and writing/release processes. Sine this movie has not been released yet, articles like this are what i have to base my opinions on as of right now before i can see it myself. This article is overall helpful towards the groundwork of my podcast and the research i'm doing for this movie.