You Can Read All Of Tilda Swinton & Margaret Cho’s Discourse On Whitewashing
Jezebel reached out to Swinton in regards to the conversation between Cho and the Doctor Strange actress, and Swinton’s rep responded by sending their entire email exchange — without edits.
Brian Swardstorm, who represents Swinton, wrote, “Since you asked for a response to a story you published today about the substance and tone of a correspondence between Margaret Cho and Tilda Swinton, Tilda offers you the entire unedited and only conversation she has ever had with Margaret — with her gratitude for the opportunity to clarify and with all good wishes to all.”
Throughout the politely worded exchange — all of which you can find here — Swinton requests privacy as the two hash out the controversy.
Swinton writes, “I would really love to hear your thoughts and have a — private — conversation about it. Are you up for this? Can we e-mail?”
The following messages explore the nuances of whitewashing controversy. Swinton seeks to understand; Cho seeks to explain. It’s pretty elevated discourse — not a cat fight.
In one of Cho’s last emails, the comedian writes, “I think that talking about the issue frankly — as you have done with me is the right way to go. It’s hard I know — people get very angry and it’s difficult to know what to do to get around that anger. But you should know that it’s anger built up over many many years of invisibility within film/tv/media that’s just exploded now with this film.”
To be fair, the Doctor Strange actress did the most “frank” thing she could do — she shared the entire email exchange with the internet.
This story was originally published on December 16, 11:45 a.m.
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