This summer, filmmaker Cameron Crowe was criticized for casting white actress Emma Stone in the role of a multiracial character in the film Aloha. Cameron apologized publicly but the issue was not an isolated one. How do you feel when you see white actors playing characters that are supposed to be Native American, Alaska Native or Indigenous? Is there any difference between a character that is fictional, like Tonto in the Lone Ranger, and a character based on the life of a real person? Join our conversation Indigenous characters in film and television.
Guy Aoki -founding president of Media Action Network for Asian Americans
Ikaika Hussey (Native Hawaiian) – publisher, The Hawaii Independent
Dr. Maile Arvin (Native Hawaiian) – faculty member at the University of California Riverside in the Ethnic Studies department
Kaui Kanaka’ole (Native Hawaiian) – kumu hula
Anne Keala Kelly (Native Hawaiian) – filmmaker and journalist
Break Music: No Ko’olau Ku’u Aloha (song) Mailani (artist) Manawa (album)