Podcast Pitch (reupload) Katlyn McCarthy


As a director, your style and trademarks are everything, it's what differentiates you from the crowd, and eventually allows you to create an expecting audience. Wes Anderson is a director who's known for his iconic style. his use of old pop music tied with slow motion shots, and his long panning shots are tell tale signs that you're watching an Anderson movie, but what hes most commonly known for and really seperates him from the rest is his use of colour and lately it seems as though his favourite colour is white. In light of his upcoming claymation movie "Isle of Dogs", Anderson is facing accusations of whitewashing, due to his casting choices .  Anthony Bearteaux, a writer for The San Diego Union-Tribune shed light on the controversy regarding the film. He states that while the film is Set in Japan and heavily influenced by the japanese director Akira Kurosawa, the cast seems to be rather eurocentric. He addresses that there are 6 asian cast memebers, but the spotlight isn't directed towards them, its directed towards Scarlette Johansen and Tilda Swinton, both of which came under attack previously for portraying other asian charachters in the movies Doctor Strange and ghost in the shell. This coincidence brings up the question of whether or not Isle of dogs is just another example of hollywoods recent asian erasure or if Anderson has a method to his madness. This isn't the first time Anderson has come under fire from his racial choices for his charachters, but some of these past choices have had deeper meaning and have actually been used satirize racism. so could this be what he wants to do with his new movie, or could his choices simply be skin deep and just fueling hollywoods discrimination towards authentic asain actors? 

Wes Anderson has a complex as being a kind shy man who doesn't like to step on peoples toes or have a great deal of attention on him, so it's hard to believe that he could do something so discriminatory on purpose. On the other hand, Anderson is indeed a rathr privelged white male and though he may not do so intentionally he may be ignorant to the effects that his choices make, because he is not a minority and has not faced the discrimination that they have. Though this is not as bad as being blatantly racist, it's still inexcusable to not be aware of your audience and social issues that your film could bring up.As a writer you must be aware of absolutely everything, and as someone as particular and thoughtful as Anderson, it seems unlikely that he could overlook such a large flaw.So is i ask again, Is this another case of racism in film, or is it an overlooked issue from a man completely envoloped in his own world of catering to the aesthic of his films?