DOCTOR STRANGE Writer C. Robert Cargill Clarifies Remarks About China-Tibet Relations

DOCTOR STRANGE Writer C. Robert Cargill Clarifies Remarks About China-Tibet Relations

DOCTOR STRANGE Writer C. Robert Cargill Clarifies Remarks About China-Tibet Relations

Doctor Strange writer C. Robert Cargill landed himself in a bit of hot water last weekend after explaining that the casting of Tilda Swinton as The Ancient One was made to politically appease China. Now, Cargill has decided to clear up his original statement. Read on for more!

Doctor Strange screenwriter C. Robert Cargil caused a bit of a stir last weekend by commenting on Tilda Swinton's casting as The Ancient One in the upcoming Marvel film. Swinton's casting initially provoked some remarks that Marvel "whitewashed" the role by casting the Scottish actress as a character that was traditionally Tibetan in the comic books. On last week's Double Toasted podcast, Cargill remarked that the change was made to appease China. "The Ancient One was a racist stereotype who comes from a region of the world that is in a very weird political place. He originates from Tibet, so if you acknowledge that Tibet is a place and that he's Tibetan, you risk alienating one billion people who think that that's bulls**t and risk the Chinese government going, 'Hey, you know one of the biggest film-watching countries in the world? We're not going to show your movie because you decided to get political.' If we decide to go the other way and cater to China in particular and have him be in Tibet... if you think it's a good idea to cast a Chinese actress as a Tibetan character, you are out of your damn fool mind and have no idea what the f**k you're talking about."

These remarks also didn't sit well with fans, who criticized Marvel for bowing to poltical pressure. Marvel released a statement regarding the casting on Tuesday, defending the casting of Swinton and the overall vision of the Marvel Cinematic Universe:  "Marvel has a very strong record of diversity in its casting of films and regularly departs from stereotypes and source material to bring its MCU to life. The Ancient One is a title that is not exclusively held by any one character, but rather a moniker passed down through time, and in this particular film the embodiment is Celtic. We are very proud to have the enormously talented Tilda Swinton portray this unique and complex character alongside our richly diverse cast."

Now, Cargill decided to clear up the controversy around his remarks, releasing a statment saying that his views on the podcast do not represent Marvel in any way: "I’ve made a lot of mistakes in my life, but none that I regret as much as choosing to answer a question to which I had no place in speaking. I tried to make it right by clarifying my position on Twitter Monday but unfortunately — perhaps ironically, given that this story gained so much steam on social media — those comments were not picked up by those reporting on my statements from the original podcast. Those original statements were my own personal musings about a character, and although I worked on the film script, I came to the project after the first draft and was not part of any casting discussions or decisions so I had no right or knowledge to speak about them as if I was. It was a moronic decision, and worst of all, I embarrassed my friends and colleagues by coming across as if I were speaking for them. I was not."


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