This is definitely not the first time that white people made this sort of blunder – cos’ sometime Asians would mix up the whites as well.
But even though it is a careless mistake, the stars of “Crazy Rich Asians” are apparently not going to let it slide.
Famous celebrity magazines People and Vogue had totally screwed up the names of the “Crazy Rich Asians” cast members during their coverage of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards on Sunday, 27th January 2019.
Ronny Chieng and Remy Hii, who played the douchey brothers Eddie Cheng and Alistair Cheng in “Crazy Rich Asians” have called out the 2 publications for their act of ignorance.
Chieng shared on Twitter that People had identified Chieng and his wife, Hannah Pham as as Randall Park and Jae W. Suh, both of whom were not in “Crazy Rich Asians”.
— Ronny Chieng (@ronnychieng) January 29, 2019
Meanwhile, the magazine also mistaken Singaporean actress Tan Kheng Hua as Malaysian actress Michelle Yeoh.
Similar blunders was made by Vogue magazine as noted by Diet Prada’s Instagram account, where a photo of “Crazy Rich Asians” star Gemma Chan at the SAG awards was labelled as Henry Golding’s wife, Liv Lo. In the same gallery, Tan Kheng Hua was mistaken as Michelle Yeoh once again.
Malaysian-Australian actor Remy Hii posted a series of tweets, explaining why is it important to give Asian artists proper recognition.
The actor acknowledged that some journalists do often mistaken certain white celebrities with each other such as Matt Bomer with Henry Cavill, Amy Adams with Isla Fisher, or even the Hemsworth brothers, “yet it happens ALL the time with PoC – *particularly* Asian performers and it’s always just an ‘honest mistake’,” he tweeted.
When you fail to recognise our faces, when you consistently misattribute our names as though any asian performer is interchangeable, you erase our identities & you erase our humanity. You negate our achievements & talents with your ignorance. We’re not going to take it. Do better
— Remy Hii (@RemyHii) January 28, 2019
The 2 publications have since corrected the blunder.