Earlier today, we posted about Margaret Cho’s account of a “fight” she had with Tilda Swinton regarding her controversial casting in Doctor Strange, in which Swinton played the Ancient One, a character who originally was written as Tibetan in the Doctor Strange comics.
Cho portrayed Swinton’s approach as imperialistic (“I felt like her house Asian...like I’m her servant...like I was following her with an umbrella”). She said that Swinton requested Cho send a message to Asians regarding the casting, that Swinton did not understand the outcry over her being cast as a character who appeared in the comics as Asian. Cho said it was “so weird” and made the exchange sound contentious. She said Swinton ended the conversation by saying she was producing a movie starring Korean-American actor Steven Yeun and dropped the mic.
(When listening, I also got the sense that Cho was referring to a phone conversation that hosted this interaction—she said Tilda “wanted to talk,” referred to their exchange as a “conversation,” and said a mutual friend asked her, “Is it cool if I give Tilda your number because she wants to talk to you?”)