Hawaiian ‘Aloha’ movie foes are ‘perpetually aggrieved’ ‘delicate flowers,’ critics …

28 May 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Bradley Cooper film Aloha accused of ‘whitewashing’ the people of Hawaii.

Many are looking forward to the big screen return of Cameron Crowe with the star-studded Aloha but, just days before release, the film has been met with allegations of “whitewashing” the people of Hawaii. After allegations that Cameron Crowe’s latest film Aloha presents an unfair racial representation of Hawaii, Sony has released an official statement in response. “While some have been quick to judge a movie they haven’t seen and a script they haven’t read, the film Aloha respectfully showcases the spirit and culture of the Hawaiian people,” the statement read. “Film-maker Cameron Crowe spent years researching this project and many months on location in Hawaii, cultivating relationships with leading local voices.

“Aloha”: Romantic comedy about a military contractor who reconnects with a long-ago love while unexpectedly falling for the hard-charging Air Force watchdog assigned to him.The Media Action Network for Asian-Americans, or MANAA, recently released a statement to the New York Post regarding the film’s apparent casting of primarily white actors over native Hawaiians, saying that Aloha makes Hawaii look “99 percent” white. In actuality, Hawaii is closer to about 27 percent white. “This comes in a long line of films — The Descendants, 50 First Dates, Blue Crush, Pearl Harbor — that uses Hawaii for its exotic backdrop but goes out of its way to exclude the very people who live there.” MANAA co-founder Guy Aoki wrote in the statement. “It’s an insult to the diverse culture and fabric of Hawaii.” The Cameron Crowe-directed flick, Aoki continued, also included only minor roles for native Hawaiians, most of which are characters without names. Screenings Thursday night. “The Connection”: A French police magistrate spends years trying to take down one of the country’s most powerful drug rings in this crime thriller set in the ’70s. Last year, emails from the massive Sony leak revealed that then-Sony chairwoman Amy Pascal had serious concerns over the movie’s arduous production.

In one email she wrote the tinkered script was “way way worse” than the original, that various plot points make “no sense”, and that the “script is ridiculous”. In French with English subtitles. “San Andreas”: In the aftermath of a massive earthquake in California, a rescue-chopper pilot makes a dangerous journey across the state to rescue his estranged daughter. Crowe has specifically not commented on the critiques of his film through social media, but the director did post an Aloha featurette that Sony put out called “The Spirit of Hawaii,” which includes an interview with Kanahele.

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