Given Asians males have to work against stereotypes of being asexual, emasculated caricatures of men one would think the whole Social Justice movement would be beneficial towards helping them level the playing field against their more appeal counterparts.
Nothing could be further from the truth.
What more likely is that you will take one for the team as part of the whole token minority racket. Consider the recent case of Hollywood blowing past George Takei’s wishes on the matter to make Sulu of Star Trek gay in the rebooted timeline. They announced the move despite Takei’s requests for the character to be left alone out of respect for Gene Rodenberry’s creation.
The move was justified as a homage to Takei, who is a prominent LGBT activist in real life. That’s right, they called it a homage.
It’s a strange kind of homage if one explicitly goes against the wishes of the person that the homage is supposed to be paid to. Takei felt the move was out of step with what Gene would have intended for the character. Indeed, even rebooted it’s a strange kind of homage given it messes around with a beloved franchise against the advice of a person who played the original character, a person who knew the creator of the work personally.
Takei himself has attracted some mild criticism for his position on the matter. That’s right, an icon of LGBT activism being told his opinions on a character he played and a homage that he didn’t ask for aren’t really important if they serve the bigger progressive narrative.
This isn’t the first time key asian characters in a franchise were made to be gay. Jet Li’s character in The Expendables was revealed to be so as well in the third movie in an awkwardly acted out scene with Schwarzenegger. Even the most manly of franchises need to tick off the checkboxes, even if it’s for just a few seconds.
Jet Li himself, one of the first few asians to break into modern Hollywood had a kissing scene with Aaliyah at the end of the movie rewritten to a hug because that just not what audiences like.
But back to the topic at hand, would Social Justice really benefit Asian men in Hollywood? It won’t because when it comes down to it at the end of the day, Asian men are still the most expendable.
While the whole turning main characters gay gig may seem like a good progressive move, a more pragmatic read of it reveals more cynical calculations at work. Despite all the rah-rah about diversity and minority representation on screen, the truth is despite what PC boilerplate people might spout on diversity, most still prefer seeing their own group on screen as a hero. In most cases it will be a hetrosexual white male (or black if he has enough star power).
The diversity checkbox for orientation minorities needs to be ticked, but someone needs to take one for the team.
Turning established white main characters gay is too much of a stretch and will cost box office dollars. You have similar issues with Black main characters. So which male demographic is actually the safest to turn gay?
The Asian man.
It’s a much easier sell, because under most stereotypes he is pretty much most of the way there. A gay Kirk may be a SJW triumph, but the executives know this would be pushing things too far and will scuttle the franchise. As the rebooted Ghostbusters has shown, pushing SJW too far can have bad consequences. A gay Asian character on the other hand, is a much easier sell.
With the suddenly revealed gay Asian character, especially if it is a beloved fan favourite like Sulu, executives and SJWs can get what they both want. Still retaining the box office draw of a franchise while giving the appearance of progressively advancing the franchise into the politically correct future.
Everyone wins at the expense of the Asian male. Get this in your head, SJWs are not for you as an Asian. You may be a minority but you are just a pawn, a tool in their game of byzantine social chess. They do not have your interests at heart.
If you don’t think this will be an issue consider the fact that Asian men are a minority in Hollywood, and the fact that Asian men in lead or heroic roles are even more rare. What we are having here is what little heroic/iconic Asian characters being rewritten to play gayface to tick off progressive checkboxes while maintaining the status quo.
This is not SJW oppression olympics but a hard look at the issue. If you are hoping for any properly masculine depictions of Asian men on screen standing their ground as men, the kind most heterosexual Asian men can identity with, don’t hold your breath.
At the end of the day I don’t blame White folks for making such creative decisions, Hollywood primarily makes stuff for Western audiences and it’s their own folks they identify with. This is not a call for more “diversity” or “Azn” roles in Hollywood. But rather a realisation of the dynamic that drives how people view Asian men. SJWs are no exception, they just bury their prejudices deeper under layers of more complex social calculations. This is natural, there’s no need to be butthurt about this. We Asians make caricatures of White people in our own movies as well, and our movies aren’t swimming with diversity but we don’t care. That’s in-group selection at work. Only SJWs find this a problem because they need their forced-diversity ideology to work.
What you need to realise however, is that if you want to make a stand for Asian masculinity, it needs to start first from the ground up with your own tribe. It’s not the White man’s job to make Asian men masculine on screen and in real life, that’s our job.
And of course, there is still plenty of heroic masculine role models in Asian cinema. In fact it’s one of the places you can watch a film without being force fed some SJW PC rubbish.