The actor got into a disagreement with Effie Brown on Project Greenlight. When Brown pointed out the stereotypical aspects of the black character in Leo Angelos and Kristen Brancaccio’s project, she mentioned that diversity behind the camera could help the situation. Damon, however, countered with “…when we’re talking about diversity, you do it in the casting of the film, not in the casting of the show.”
I believe deeply that there need to be more diverse filmmakers making movies. I love making movies. It’s what I have chosen to do with my life and I want every young person watching Project Greenlight to believe that filmmaking is a viable form of creative expression for them too.
My comments were part of a much broader conversation about diversity in Hollywood and the fundamental nature of Project Greenlight which did not make the show. I am sorry that they offended some people, but, at the very least, I am happy that they started a conversation about diversity in Hollywood. That is an ongoing conversation that we all should be having.
The model was called out for posing as a geisha in a Vogue photoshoot. Many referred to it as “yellowface.” Ironically, the issue was supposed to celebrate diversity, so many were puzzled as to why they didn’t just get a Japanese model for the photoshoot.
The model herself responded to the backlash on Twitter. “These images appropriate a culture that is not my own and I am truly sorry for participating in a shoot that was not culturally sensitive. My goal is, and always will be, to empower and inspire women. I will ensure my future shoots and projects will reflect that mission.”
The model was celebrating her birthday with dinner at an Asian restaurant. Her sister recorded her holding up a cookie in the shape of Buddha’s face. Gigi then squinted as if to mock the Buddha cookie. The recording was then sent out by Bella on Snapchat. Many slammed Gigi for being racist, so Bella removed the video. Gigi didn’t respond to the backlash but her mother, Yolanda and her boyfriend Zayn Malik defended her on Twitter.
Stephen Amell reacted to comic book writer Tee Franklin’s allegations of racism against him amid the Black Lives Matter movement
Ansel Elgort has denied accusations that he sexually assaulted a 17-year-old girl in 2014 when he was 20 years old. In a statement posted to Instagram, Elgort addressed claims made Friday on Twitter by a woman identified as Gabby, alleging that, though the pair had a brief relationship, he never assaulted her.
In 2019, the Luther actor expressed his disappointment over the racist outcry he endured when rumors began circulating about him potentially replacing Daniel Craig as James Bond.
"You just get disheartened, when you get people from a generational point of view going, 'It can't be.' And it really turns out to be the color of my skin," he told Vanity Fair.
"And then if I get it and it didn't work, or it did work, would it be because of the color of my skin? That's a difficult position to put myself into when I don't need to."
Actress and body neutrality advocate Jameela Jamil has spoken about the racially motivated mistreatment she's experienced on multiple occasions.
"I think I was a teenager when I first started to really get angry about injustice because I think in my life I faced so much direct injustice and racism and bullying and classism. I came from a poor family and a broken home," she said.
"I was Pakistani in a country that really wasn't very kind to Pakistani people... I was physically and verbally [abused] very badly at school. Like beaten senseless by kids for being from a Pakistani family and for being poor. That was before the age of 10, and that went on until I was about 16. Most of my school years I was bullied very badly because of my race and also because of my weight."
Jamil added: "I've experienced racism out in the streets wherever I am. I have experienced racism online from trolling. I just recently, in 2018, did this interview with Krishnan Guru-Murthy for Channel 4 and it was a widely circulated interview, and we got messages like, 'That room must have been stinking with those two Pakis in the room.'
"Those are the kinds of messages I receive on a daily basis. And that's this year. If you think about how far we should have come by now, for people to still be making comments and jokes like that. And people talking about my 'monkey face'. I get a lot of that on social media over the years."
Model and cookbook author Chrissy Teigen, who is of Thai and Norwegian heritage, tweeted about a racist experience she encountered in 2015, writing:
"I dropped my sunglasses this AM on Santa Monica blvd and this seemingly normal looking dude screamed 'fucking chinks always dropping shit'."
Teigen, well known for her humorous personality and witty commentary, then added:
"Like that's not even a stereotype. Get your shit together. What a bad racist.
"We were the only ones on the block, and he screamed it from five feet away. Then when I acknowledged it, he said 'Oh now the oriental can hear.'"
Grammy and Oscar-winning artist John Legend, who is married to Chrissy Teigen, also opened up about a racist run-in he'd experienced alongside his wife in 2017.
Teigen, who posts frequently on Twitter, detailed the incident there first. "Paparazzi at JFK just asked me 'if we evolved from monkeys, why is John Legend still around?'—and people wonder why celebs lose it in pics."
Legend later elaborated on how he felt following the incident in a conversation with Variety.
"We were right next to each other and we looked at each other like, 'Did he really just say that?' And he really said it. He basically called me a monkey," he said.
"Black folks have had to deal with being called monkeys for a long time and dehumanization has always been kind of a method of racism and subjugation of black people and that's just part of American history—and it's part of the present, apparently."
Black-ish star and activist Yara Shahidi, who is of African-American and Iranian heritage, spoke about experiencing racial 'microaggressions' in a 2019 interview.
While discussing her film The Sun Is Also a Star—in which she played a teenager who had 24 hours to stop her family being deported back to Jamaica—Shahidi was asked if she ever could remember a time when she felt "segregated against".
"There are microaggressions on a daily basis. There are reminders of not being in the mainstream," she responded.
"It's interesting and one thing that made me really relate to the novel and movie is this idea of I know what it's like to come from a country or have family from a country that is in the travel ban list.
"I can't claim the particularities of Natasha's story but there are so many moments, whether it's my hair, comments on people preferring it straight, whether it's commenting on Iran, blackness, and what people expect of a black human. There are those reminders that I experience on a daily basis.
"A reminder that motivates me is knowing I've gone through the worst of it and knowing there are people who have to endure so much more on a regular basis, and I've been protected by people who intentionally put me in an inclusive environment. If I'm dealing with things that make me process my sanity, I can only imagine what that's like in any amplified setting. That's what's made me so motivated to speak out for myself and my entire community."
The 2012 video, which was filmed well before her Duchess days, featured Meghan wearing a t-shirt that said "I won't stand for racism", with the former Suits star saying that she hoped by the time she became a mother, the world would be more accepting of people.
In the clip, she also stated that being included in the anti-racist campaign hit a "really personal note" for her.
"I'm bi-racial, most people can't tell what I'm mixed with and so much of my life has felt like being a fly on the wall. And so some of the slurs that I've heard or the really offensive jokes, or the names, it's just hit me in a really strong way," she said.
"And then, you know, a couple of years ago I heard someone call my mom the 'N word'. So I think for me, beyond being personally affected by racism, just to see the landscape of what our country is like right now, and certainly the world, and to want things to be better."
"Because Slumdog was such a big hit there was a lot of pressure in terms of what I did next. For my second film, I wanted a role that would stretch me, but all I was getting offered were stereotypical parts like the goofy Indian sidekick," he explained to The Telegraph in 2010.
"Asian actors tend not to be sent Hollywood scripts that are substantial or challenging. I'm likely to be offered the roles of a terrorist, cab driver, and smart geek... I want to show that I have versatility."
And even after spending years in Hollywood playing Indian roles, Patel—who grew up in London—received criticism for "stealing" roles from "real" Indian actors.
"I get flak sometimes because people will say, 'Why aren't they giving these roles to a real Indian?' I wonder, What does that even mean? The only way I can converse with my grandparents is in Gujarati. Does that make me real enough?" he said in 2019.
''... Or am I only allowed to witness the moments of prejudice and racism going through airports? Is that the only bit that I'm allowed of the culture?"