'13 Reasons Why' actress' t-shirt sums up Hollywood's whitewashing problem in four damning words

Michele Selene Ang in Netflix’s ’13 Reasons Why,’ now streaming.
Image: Beth Dubber/Netflix

If you feel like the conversation about Hollywood whitewashing isn’t losing steam, that’s because it isn’t — and shouldn’t. Audiences (and non-white entertainers) are more frustrated than ever with antiquated casting methods, and demand — nay, deserve better.

Michele Selene Ang, who appears in Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why as the popular and admired Courtney Crimsen, rocked a t-shirt recently calling out Hollywood A-listers who perpetuate this problematic practice.

The shirt simply reads “Scarlett & Emma & Tilda & Matt”; Scarlett Johansson, for Ghost in the Shell, Emma Stone for Aloha, Tilda Swinton for Doctor Strange, and Matt Damon as the white hero in Asian ensemble film The Great Wall.

The shirt elicited an immediate response online, including shoutouts to Ang and 13 Reasons Why for its casting and thrilling support of her direct opposition to how Hollywood can treat race.

Ang herself, as a trained actor and musician, is an example of why casting directors should cast on merit, without a picture in their minds that typecasts the character’s race. 

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