No Sweet Lip for Asian Men | Sardonic Sistah Says
Aaliyah Dana Haughton was an American singer, actress, and model. Born in Brooklyn, New Throughout her life, she had a good relationship with Rashad. . Aaliyah starred opposite martial artist Jet Li, playing a couple who fall in love. Rumors spread why Jet Li and Aaliyah didn't kiss: he was allergic to her uncomfortable with a consumated love connection between the two. Nah, they were just friends. To whoever said they were in a relationship when she died, Aaliyah was actually dating Damon Dash at the time.
Aaliyah Haughton and Jet Li - Dating, Gossip, News, Photos
But this might not apply to ScarJo in "Ghost in the Shell. We aren't talking about a white actress in yellowface wearing a kimono speaking in an outrageous accent here, which would be rightfully offensive today.
We are speaking about a woman who is wrestling with the existential question of what makes a human being as she undergoes transformation into a cyborg. Not a uniquely Japanese problem. Switching this around, no one complained about whitewashing when Spike Lee remade "Old Boy" in a different cultural context.
What about "The Departed" from "Internal Affairs? What I am thinking is that the underlying complaint behind this debate is not whitewashing per se, but an absolute lack of opportunities for Asian actors to showcase their talents in ethnic-agnostic roles. So, when there are traditionally Asian roles that are then given to white actors, then the lack of opportunity becomes that much more acute and painful. Which makes this into a different problem that I want to explore by asking another question: We all know why.
The new ending had Aaliyah giving Li a tight hug. Because non-Asians can't identify with Asian characters. They can't see themselves in the character's shoes.
To be emotionally engaged in a story, you have to be able to see yourself as the protagonist, fighting the dragons, killing the enemy, getting the love of your life, being a Wall Street tycoon, or being The Natural. Blacks, Hispanics, and other ethnicities are likewise typecast as certain characters who speak to our collective preconceptions.
This is the essential nature of white privilege.
Whites are the only ethnic group that can be believable and authentic in whatever roles they play because they are not labeled with societal preconceptions about who they should be, what they are good at, and how they should behave.
Not carrying the weight of a label allows you the freedom to be anything. This happens because we are living in a dominant sociocultural construct that white Europeans have built over the past few centuries.
Why couldn't Jet Li kiss Aaliyah?
She ran all of her decisions by Rashad. In OctoberRashad stated: The circumstances surrounding this last video were really strange because my mother had eye surgery and couldn't fly.
That really bothered her because she always traveled. My dad had to take care of my mom at that time. And I went to Australia to visit some friends.
We really couldn't understand why we weren't there. You ask yourself maybe we could have stopped it. But you can't really answer the question.
- Did Jet Li and Aaliyah ever date?
There's always gonna be that question of why. One of their last conversations concerned Aaliyah having difficulty with "another young artist" that she was trying to work with. Knight felt the argument was "petty" and insisted that she remain being who she was in spite of the conflict.
As she recalled to Vibe magazine inshe and Kelly would "go watch a movie" and "go eat" when she got tired and would then "come back and work". She described the relationship between her and Kelly as being "rather close.
Jet Li haunted by memories of Aaliyah
Kelly told me that he and Aaliyah got together and it was just magic. Or that she was coming and going in and out of his house. People would see her walking his dog, 12 Play, with her basketball cap and sunglasses on. Every time I asked the label, they said it was platonic. But I kept hearing complaints from people about her being in the studio with all those men.
In Mayshe filed suit in Cook County seeking to have all records of the marriage expunged because she was not old enough under state law to get married without her parents' consent. It was reported that she cut off all professional and personal ties with Kelly after the marriage was annulled and ceased having contact with him. During an interview with Christopher John Farley, she was asked if she was still in contact with him and if she would ever work with him again.
Farley said Aaliyah responded with a "firm, frosty 'no'" to both of the questions. Kelly comes up, she doesn't even speak his name, and nobody's allowed to ask about it at all". Kelly would have other allegations made about him regarding underage girls in the years following her death and his marriage to Aaliyah was used to evidence his involvement with them. He has refused to discuss his relationship with her, citing her death.
That was a whole other situation, a whole other time, it was a whole other thing, and I'm sure that people also know that. Meeting someone that is trying to do the same thing you are doing in the urban market, in the same urban market place but not really being so urban.
It was just; her mind was where my mind was. She understood me and she got my jokes. She thought my jokes were funny. In Mayshe hosted a party for Dash's 30th birthday at a New York City club, where they were spotted together and Dash was seen escorting her to a bathroom.
Addressing this, Aaliyah stated that she and Dash were just "very good friends" and chose to "keep it at that" for the time being.