A series of anti-Matt Damon articles featuring Constance Wu have hit the press, such as this one from the Daily Mail. So basically Matt Damon having escaped from Mars with the help of the Chinese National Space Agency returns the favor by helping to save China from monsters as an archer on the Great Wall a few centuries back. What did they expect would happen?
But Constance Wu is is offended with this white guy. I was sympathetic for a nano-second, but then I read her rant: "Out heroes don't look like Matt Damon. They look like Malala. Ghandi. Mandela. Your big sister when she stood up for you to those bullies that one time."
Is she really not familiar with China's one child policy? Malala is too busy doing her studies to save China, but let's consider what this movie would look like with a Ghandi look alike having a sit down on the Great Wall and confronting the demons with non-violence. Maybe that is the right thing to do, but it wouldn't be quite the action packed thriller.
But my real objection here is that Malala, Ghandi and Mandela, although being people of colour, are not the heroes of the people of colour. They are the heroes of White Leftwing Intellectualoid Professors who are the tenured faculty at major universities which were established by white dudes and represent The Establishment and The Hegemony. They are the heroes of white Hollywood. They are the heroes of Matt Damon. Does Constance even know any Chinese? Why not at least suggest Sun Wu Kong? Constance, do you know anything about China?