Tibet activists are boycotting Dr Strange movie
Tibetan Activists Are Boycotting "Dr Strange" Due To Whitewashing
Activists claim the film is an example of Tibet being erased from the media.
Tibetan activists have been protesting at screenings of Dr Strange due to the removal of a Tibetan character from the film adaption.
A number of Tibetans and Tibetan independence supporters have taken issue with the casting of Tilda Swinton in the role of the Ancient One, a character in the comics who came from Tibet. In the film, the Ancient One is said to be of Celtic origin.
Several posts on social media have accused Marvel of censoring Tibet, and “banishing Tibet from global discourse.” Marvel’s treatment of the country has been compared to China’s refusal to recognize Tibet’s independence.
Protesting Tibet erasure and censorship at #DrStrange screening. @Marvel #TibetExists— Urgyen (@UrgyenB)
Prior to the movie’s release, members of the film industry noted that the inclusion of Tibet in the film might make it difficult to sell to a Chinese audience.
The Disney/Marvel negotiations to get Dr. Strange a China release will be fascinating given that Tibet & the occult are both huge landmines.— Zack Stentz (@MuseZack)
The film’s screenwriter, Robert Cargill, stated in a podcast earlier this year that the inclusion of Tibet in the film would alienate the Chinese market.
Since the announcement of Swinton’s casting, the film has faced accusations of whitewashing.
Me: ALL ABOARD THE DR STRANGE HYPE TRAIN Twitter: but white washing? Orientalism? Benedict Problematicbatch? Me:— Abbie (@abbiewastaken)
Tenzin Dorjee, Research and Strategic Advisor at Tibet Action told BuzzFeed News that those participating in the campaign feel Marvel is siding with China and creating a “false narrative.”
& Swinton can join all of these actors for whitewashing an Asian character #AStrangeWhitewashing— ✨clara mae✨ (@ubeempress)