Cameron Crowe apologizes for Emma Stone's Asian character in 'Aloha'

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'Aloha' Director Cameron Crowe Apologizes for Casting Emma Stone as an Asian-American


Cameron Crowe has addressed the criticism surrounding the racial background of Emma Stone's character in the film Aloha.

The director posted an essay on his website in which he apologized for casting Stone in the role of Allison Ng, who is described in the film as a quarter Asian and a quarter Hawaiian.

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WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 27: Actress Rachel McAdams, director Cameron Crowe and actress Emma Stone arrive at the Los Angeles Premiere 'Aloha' at The London West Hollywood on May 27, 2015 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 27: Actress Rachel McAdams and actress Emma Stone arrive at the Los Angeles Premiere 'Aloha' at The London West Hollywood on May 27, 2015 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 27: Actress Emma Stone arrives at the Los Angeles Premiere 'Aloha' at The London West Hollywood on May 27, 2015 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 27: Director Cameron Crowe arrives at the Los Angeles Premiere 'Aloha' at The London West Hollywood on May 27, 2015 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
Emma Stone arrives at an LA Special Screening Of "Aloha" held at the London Hotel on Wednesday, May 27, 2015, in West Hollywood,Calif. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
U.S actress, Emma Stone, left, and U.S actor Bradley Cooper pose for photographers upon arrival at the UK premiere of Aloha at a central London venue, Saturday, May 16, 2015. (Photo by Jonathan Short/Invision/AP)
U.S actress Emma Stone and U.S actor Bradley Cooper pose for photographers at a photocall for Aloha at a central London venue, Saturday, May 16, 2015. (Photo by Jonathan Short/Invision/AP)
Writer/Director Cameron Crowe and Emma Stone seen at a Special Screening Of Columbia Pictures' "ALOHA" on Wednesday, May 27, 2015, in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Dan Steinberg/Invision for Sony Pictures/AP Images)
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"Thank you so much for all the impassioned comments regarding the casting of the wonderful Emma Stone in the part of Allison Ng," Crowe wrote. "I have heard your words and your disappointment, and I offer you a heartfelt apology to all who felt this was an odd or misguided casting choice."

According to Crowe, he based the character on a real-life, redheaded woman from Hawaii who always felt compelled to over-explain her heritage.

Crowe disavowed Stone of any responsibility in the controversy, crediting the actress for her "tireless research" and adding, "I am the one to blame."

"I am grateful for the dialogue," the director continued. "And from the many voices, loud and small, I have learned something very inspiring. So many of us are hungry for stories with more racial diversity, more truth in representation, and I am anxious to help tell those stories in the future."

Crowe also wrote that, since the film was first mentioned in Amy Pascal's leaked email threads from the Sony hack, Aloha has "felt like a misunderstood movie." Pascal's emails revealed that she took issue with the project's difficult production.

Aloha, which opened in theaters Friday, stars Bradley Cooper as a defense contractor who falls for an Air Force pilot (Stone) in Hawaii. The film currently has an 18 percent approval rating on review aggregate site Rotten Tomatoes.

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