Over the weekend Star Trek actor, George Tekei, has gone on Facebook and posted a rant against Marvel Studio's explanation for casting Tilda Swinton as the Ancient One in the Doctor Strange film, calling their reason a "red herring."
Swinton was cast as the Ancient One to not offend the Chinese who are major movie goers and could greatly affect Doctor Strange's performance at the box office.
"This backpedaling is nearly as cringeworthy as the casting," Takei said. "Marvel must think we're all idiots."In response to the reasoning behind the ethnicity change of the Ancient One by screenwriter Robert Cargill, Takei wrote: "Marvel already addressed the Tibetan question by setting the action and the Ancient One in Kathmandu, Nepal in the film. It wouldn't have mattered to the Chinease government by that point whether the character was white or Asian, as it was already in another country. So that is a red herring, and it's insulting that they expect us to buy their explanation. They cast Tilda because they believe white audiences want to see white faces. Audiences, too, should be aware of how dumb and out of touch the studios think we are."