The #ThankYouMattDamon hashtag lit up Twitter Thursday night as users reached out to thank the actor for being such an inspiration to Asians everywhere.
After the premiere of “The Great Wall” wherein Damon plays a European mercenary in China later captured by Chinese soldiers who then ends up saving the world, many people called out the fact that another seeming perfect role for an Asian actor, was handed to Matt Damon. Some have called the film a “blatant white savior narrative” and the film itself garnered a 45% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Hollywood has often seen uproar due to the lack of Asian actors that are given roles in blockbuster films. As Alan Yang, co-creator and actor in Master Of None noted in his 2016 Emmy Speech, “There's 17 million Asian-Americans in this country, and there's 17 million Italian-Americans. They have 'The Godfather,' 'Goodfellas,' 'Rocky,' 'The Sopranos.' We got Long Duk Dong. So we got a long way to go, but I know we can get there. I believe in us. It's just going to take a lot of hard work.”
Twitter took their own spin on pointing out the inconsistencies in Damon's role in the Chinese based film. Hilarious reactions from “#thankyoumattdamon for teaching me how to use chopsticks to #thankyoumattdamon for saving us so many times flooded twitter.