Director Quentin Tarantino has been busy promoting his new Once upon a time in hollywood novel, which has sparked an old controversy since the film’s release in 2019. Tarantino has been accused of reducing legendary martial artist and actor Bruce Lee to a racist caricature. Upon the film’s initial release, Lee’s daughter Shannon Lee said Tarantino should shut up or apologize for the way he portrayed his father. In a recent interview with The Joe Rogan experience, Tarantino was asked about the reviews and he replied, “I can understand his daughter has a problem with this. He’s her fucking dad … In response to Tarantino’s last comments, Shannon Lee wrote a column invited for the hollywood reporter titled “Does Quentin Tarantino Hate Bruce Lee? Or Does It Just Help Sell Books?”
“You can imagine now that I’m used to people seeing only one side of my father and turning it into a caricature. This happens shortly after he passes away. But usually somewhere in that caricature is a caricature. kind of nugget of love for the man and his work. This is not the case with Mr. Tarantino, “writes Lee.
She added: “As you already know, the portrayal of Bruce Lee in Once upon a time in hollywood by Mr. Tarantino, in my opinion, was inaccurate and to say the least unnecessary. (Please don’t blame actor Mike Moh. He did what he could with what he was given.) And although I am grateful to Mr. Tarantino for so generously acknowledging to Joe Rogan that I maybe have my feelings about his portrayal of my father, I’m also grateful for the opportunity to express this: I’m really sick of white men in Hollywood trying to tell me who Bruce Lee was. “
“I’m tired of hearing from white men in Hollywood that he was cocky and an asshole when they have no idea and can’t figure out what it would have taken to get a job in the 1960s and 1970s in Hollywood as a Chinese man (God forbid) an accent, or trying to express an opinion on set as a perceived foreigner and a person of color, “Lee continues.” I’m sick of it. that white Hollywood men confuse his confidence, passion and skill with pride and therefore find it necessary to marginalize him and his contributions. could have been really good at what he did and maybe even know do it better than them. “
“At a time when Asian Americans are being physically attacked, urged to ‘come home’ because they are seen as non-Americans and demonized for something unrelated to them, I feel pressured. to suggest that Mr. Tarantino’s continued attacks, misinterpretations and misrepresentations of a pioneering and innovative member of our Asian American community, at this time, are not welcome, ”added Lee. Mr. Tarantino, you don’t have to love Bruce Lee. I don’t care if you like it or not. You made your movie and now clearly you are promoting a book. But in the interest of respecting other cultures and experiences that you may not understand, I encourage you to let your thoughts go on Bruce Lee and reconsider the impact of your words in a world that has not. need more conflict and fewer cultural heroes. ”You can read Lee’s full column here.
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