Emma Stone Apologizes (Again) for ‘Aloha’ at Golden Globes

Emma Stone apologized once again for “Aloha” after Sandra Oh made a joke about the film during the Golden Globes monologue.

Oh, who co-hosted this year’s ceremony with Andy Samberg, quipped that “Crazy Rich Asians” was “the first studio film with an Asian American lead since ‘Ghost in the Shell’ and ‘Aloha.'”

Stone portrayed a part-Hawaiian and part-Chinese woman in Cameron Crowe’s 2015 film “Aloha,” which garnered criticism for whitewashing an Asian role. “I’m sorry!” Stone was heard shouting from the audience.

The actress, nominated for her performance in Yorgos Lanthimos’ royal drama “The Favourite,” has apologized for her role in “Aloha” before. In a 2015 interview, Stone said the controversy around her casting has opened her eyes “in many ways.”

“I’ve become the butt of many jokes,” Stone said. “I’ve learned on a macro level about the insane history of whitewashing in Hollywood and how prevalent the problem truly is. It’s ignited a conversation that’s very important.”

“Ghost in the Shell,” a 2017 remake of a Japanese manga, starred Scarlett Johansson, who also caught criticism for portraying a Japanese character. Johansson addressed the issue in an interview with Marie Claire, saying “I certainly would never presume to play another race of a person” and that she took the role because of the rarity of female leads in a film.

“Diversity is important in Hollywood, and I would never want to feel like I was playing a character that was offensive,” she added.

More Film

  • Parasite Movie 2019

    SAG Awards 2020: 'Parasite,' 'The Crown,' 'Mrs. Maisel' Win Top Prizes

    Neon’s “Parasite” won best motion picture cast at the 26th Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday, becoming the first foreign language film to pick up the top prize. Netflix’s “The Crown” was named best TV drama and Amazon’s “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” earned the prize for best TV comedy in a strong showing for streaming [...]

  • Jennifer Aniston

    SAG Awards: The Complete Winners List

    Korean thriller “Parasite” made history at the 26th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday, becoming the first foreign-language film to win best motion picture cast. Netflix’s “The Crown” was named best TV drama and Amazon’s “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” nabbed best TV comedy. In a repeat of the Golden Globes, Renee Zellweger (“Judy”)  and [...]

  • SAG Awards Placeholder

    How to Watch 2020 SAG Awards Online

    The 26th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, honoring the top performers in film and television, is just a few hours away. Although the show is hostless, Joey King and Logan Browning are co-ambassadors of the ceremony, taking place on Sunday at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. The ceremony will be broadcast live on TNT [...]

  • A Fall from Grace

    'A Fall from Grace': Film Review

    Why stay in your lane when you can veer into other roadways with your own turbo-charged vehicles? With “A Fall from Grace,” mogul Tyler Perry swerves back and forth between his usual woman-centered melodrama and a quasi-thriller. Shot over just five days in late 2019, As is his intriguing way, however, Perry delivers some grace [...]

  • 'Suppressed: The Fight to Vote' Review:

    'Suppressed: The Fight to Vote': Film Review

    In 2018, Stacey Abrams, having served in the Georgia House of Representatives for 10 years, ran as the Democratic candidate for governor of Georgia. She was the first African-American woman in the United States to be chosen as a gubernatorial nominee by one of the two major parties. Abrams had tremendous support, and after losing [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content