Newswire: Tilda Swinton cracks open her inbox, shares whitewashing exchange with Margaret Cho

Earlier this year, actress Tilda Swinton and the producers of Marvel’s Doctor Strange faced criticisms of whitewashing over the decision to give the role of the Ancient One—a character portrayed as a Tibetan man in the original comics—to Swinton, a white Scottish woman. At the time, Swinton commented by saying, “Well, it’s not actually an Asian character—that’s what I need to tell you about it. I wasn’t asked to play an Asian character, you can be very well assured of that.” Marvel later clarified that the character had been changed to have Celtic origins, a switch that did little to quiet critics angry at the idea that a role had been taken away from an Asian performer.

Behind the scenes, though, Swinton was apparently still worrying about her decision, and its public perceptions, leading her to do what any well-meaning white person would …

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