Wes Anderson Exploits Asians in his Films, but…

The Indian fetishist brothers of The Darjeeling Limited, Filipino pirates in A Life Aquatic, and Margaret Yang as a Vietnamese Viet Cong Soldier in Rushmore

The Indian fetishist brothers of The Darjeeling Limited, Filipino pirates in A Life Aquatic, and Margaret Yang as a Vietnamese Viet Cong Soldier in Rushmore

I don’t care. I just don’t . I know a lot of people familiar with his work see the blatant exotifying (is that a word?) of Asians in his movies, from the Max Fischer and Margaret Yang relationship in Rushmore (she’s the smartest Chinese kid in public school!) to the “Filipino” speaking pirates that hijack Team Zissou’s ship, to the 2+ hours of South Asian culture worshipping in The Darjeeling Limited (not to mention Indian wife stealing). I can sit here and argue that Wes Anderson is from Houston and went to school at the University of Texas and doesn’t know any better… Or I can say he’s part of the new class of Hollywood young hipster directors (Spike Jonze, Sophia Coppola, and Jason Reitman come to mind) who live in Silverlake and probably has plenty of “Asian friends” (like an abnormally tall Asian dude or an unusually short Asian girl), so its okay. I can do all that, but the fact is his movies are highly stylized and mock all ethnicities, classes, and nationalities. The movies are “designed” from the shoes Team Zissou wears (Adidas), to the sets, to the claymation sequences, to the fonts of the credits, to the music (Portuguese David Bowie covers), to the way the actors portray robotic, self referential versions of themselves.

So Anderson is fully aware of what he’s doing. I know all this, but i just don’t care, cause I love his movies. Even though I KNOW he’s #10 on StuffWhitePeopleLike.com. I don’t F’N care! Probably the only director I can give free passes to. And I await everyone’s harsh responses, cause I don’t have two legs to stand on for this. But you gotta give the guy credit, cause he’s the only director that can put Kate Blanchett, Bill Murray, William Dafoe, Jeff Goldbloom and Seu Jorge in a submarine, deep underwater, looking for a claymation tiger shark.

4 thoughts on “Wes Anderson Exploits Asians in his Films, but…

  1. I don’t F’N care either, a movie is a movie; a good movie is a good movie regardless of what nationality an actor is and what he/she is trying to portray. People forget that these people are actors (or try to be), they don’t always have to play their own nationality. Let a movie be what it is…. A movie. Enjoy it for what it is, at face value (for the most part). my 4.95% of 2 cents.

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