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Music Video Addresses The Lack Of Asian Actors In Hollywood

“The sky is the limit.”

It is no secret that Hollywood has a diversity problem, an issue that was highlighted by the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite that referred to all of the Academy Award acting nominees being Caucasian. 

This issue is the subject of "Safe" — the latest track and music video released by rapper Dumbfoundead (aka Jonathan Park).

"After the last Academy Awards and the regular whitewashing of Hollywood roles, I wrote this song and made this video adding my piece to the conversation," Dumbfoundead wrote on Facebook.

In the video, the 30-year-old rapper of Korean descent addresses the lack of Asian roles and the stereotypes of Asians in Hollywood.

"The other night I watched the Oscars, and the roster of the only yellow men were all statues," he said in the video. "Fuck a bamboo ceiling, guess I gotta play the villain."

While rapping, Dumbfoundead inserts his face on the bodies of leading actors in classic films like Indiana Jones, Braveheart, Pulp Fiction, Pirates of the Caribbean, Casablanca and Titanic. He also does the same thing with television programs like Full House and Friends.

A report that examined 30,000 Hollywood characters from 2007 to 2014 found that Asian actors were only represented anywhere from 3 percent to 7 percent in a given year. It is a subject that has gained a lot of recent attention.

"There's an age-old stereotypical notion that Asian-American people don't speak up," actor B.D. Wong told The New York Times. But "we're really getting into people's faces about it."

Dumbfoundead appears to be optimistic that Asian actors will receive more opportunities in Hollywood.

"The sky is the limit," he raps, "Any minute now, they gonna let an Asian brotha' get a lead role."


Watch the full music video:


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