Margaret Cho and Tilda Swinton Clash Over ‘Doctor Strange’ Controversy
Actress and comedian Margaret Cho reveals that she got in a fight with Tilda Swinton over the whitewashing controversy stemming from the changing of Swinton's Ancient One character in Marvel's Doctor Strange. Both sides, however, tell a different story regarding what really happened in their debate.
According to Jezebel, Bobby Lee recently spoke with Cho on his TigerBelly podcast about Asian issues in Hollywood, to which Cho claimed that she got in a very heated conversation with Swinton over the phone about Doctor Strange. The movie received much criticism over the casting of Swinton in the role of The Ancient One, who is actually an Asian man in the original comic books.
“She said she didn’t understand why people were so mad about Doctor Strange and she wanted to talk about it, and wanted to get my take on why all the Asian people were mad,” Cho revealed, to which she also said the phone call was a result of a preliminary e-mail.
“[She] was like, ‘Could you please tell them...’” added Cho. “I’m like, ‘B----, I can’t tell them...I don’t have a yellow phone under a cake dome.’”
“Basically, it ended with her saying, ‘Well, I’m producing a movie with Steven Yeun starring [in it]," said Cho, while adding that she felt uncomfortable from the whole exchange. Cho claimed that she felt like Swinton's "house Asian...like her servant...like I was following her with an umbrella. I had a weird feeling about the entire exchange, especially the part of, ‘Don’t tell anybody.'"
Jezebel reached out to Swinton's representative, who then forwarded the site claiming the full, unedited e-mail exchange between Cho and Swinton. Swinton's represenative also claims that Swinton and Cho never had the phone conversation that Cho described.
The e-mail exchange paints a much more pleasant conversation between the two artists.
Cho reportedly wrote to Swinton in one of the last e-mails in the thread: "I am not sure what to say other than I am glad you want to meet the issue head on - it’s a tough one I know."
"I think that talking about the issue frankly - as you have done with me is the right way to go. It’s hard I know - people get very angry and it’s difficult to know what to do to get around that anger."
Cho has not commented yet regarding the site's publication of the e-mail exchange.
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