In late May, Los Angeles rapper of Korean descent Jonathan Park or better known for his stage name Dumbfoundead, had decided to tackle on the issue of whitewashing in Hollywood.
Over the years this issue has been popping up everywhere and it is not something new, but it had reached a fever pitch after the whole #OscarsSoWhite fiasco.
Dumbfoundead’s song titled, “Safe” highlights the lack of Asian American representation in Hollywood from movie to television screens.
In the music video, Park’s face is CGI-ed onto lead role of popular white male leads in blockbuster films and shows such as “Titanic”, “Indiana Jones”, “Pirates of the Carribbean”, “Game of Thrones”, “Iron Man” and more.
“The title ‘Safe’ is a reference to how I felt Asians and Asian Americans were being perceived: the model minority that’ll take it and smile, the punching bag of America,” Park said to NBC News.
Park also revealed that he started writing the song shortly after seeing Chris Rock making fun of Asians during the 2016 Academy Awards.
“I have been to many auditions where they wanted me to speak in an ‘Asian accent’ and I understand when the role requires that, but there were so many roles where the accent wasn’t necessary,” he said. “It only showed me the perception of what Hollywood thinks of us.”
Watch Dumbfoundead’s video below!