The Media Action Network for Asian Americans is voting the new movie starring Bradley Cooper Aloha off the island, reports the NY Post.
Hawaii is 58 percent Asian American and Pacific Islander and the only majority Asian American state in the nation.
Yet the only Asian Americans seen in the movie are background actors with roles so minor, they don’t even get names.
“Caucasians only make up 30 percent of the population [of Hawaii], but from watching this film, you’d think they made up 99 percent,” says MANAA’s Guy Aoki, a former resident of Hawaii.
“This comes in a long line of films — The Descendants, 50 First Dates, Blue Crush, Pearl Harbor — that uses Hawaii for its exotic backdrop but goes out of its way to exclude the very people who live there. It’s an insult to the diverse culture and fabric of Hawaii.”
Aloha stars Cooper, Bill Murray, Emma Stone, Rachel McAdams, Alec Baldwin, Danny McBride and John Krasinski.
While this has been the year of diversity on television, Hollywood movie studios have been slow to adopt to the changing times.
According to Box Office Mojo, year to date ticket sale comparisons so far this year are lower than every year since 2010 except one.
It seems residents of the United States and its growing minority population are choosing other forms of entertainment besides going to the theater.