Ever since it was announced, The Great Wall film has been surrounded by controversy for lead actor Matt Damon's portrayal of a white man protecting people in China from an unknown monster. The Asian-American community in particular has been rightfully upset, especially when you consider how pervasive the white savior complex is in film (and mainstream media in general).
Well, in response to The Great Wall's upcoming release, people got the #ThankYouMattDamon hashtag trending, and it's a hilariously sarcastic way for people to "thank" Damon for his all that's he's done to help stop people from thinking only white men can save the day. *eye-roll*
Matt Damon taught me how to use chopsticks. #thankyoumattdamon
— Jenny Yang (@jennyyangtv) February 16, 2017
— Melissa K. (@melissjk) February 16, 2017
— Kristina Wong (@mskristinawong) February 16, 2017
Matt Damon is setting me up with all his friends children, especially the doctors and lawyers #ThankYouMattDamon
— Joyce Lin (@joyceclin) February 16, 2017
— #BLACKLIVESMATTER (@BlackDynamiteJC) February 16, 2017
— Shanna Choung (@ShannAwesome) February 16, 2017
— Shayne Nuesca (@shayneblogs) February 16, 2017
— Teresa Wang (@tewang32) February 16, 2017
Matt Damon personally inserts the fortune into every cookie. #thankyouMattDamon
— May-lee Chai (@mayleechai) February 16, 2017
Guys, remember when Matt Damon invented paper AND gunpowder? #thankyoumattdamon
— Ariana Zhang (@ArianaZhang) February 16, 2017
#ThankYouMattDamon for carving the moon cake mold by hand and then baking the moon cakes.
— Melissa Hung (@fluffysharp) February 16, 2017
#thankyoumattdamon for teaching us that during the Middle Ages, before the United States was born, everyone in China spoke American English
— Resist Now (@Resist_N0W) February 16, 2017
Matt Damon taught me that 13:1 is the proper ratio of water to rice for a good, silky jook. #ThankYouMattDamon
— Matt Y (@yantastico) February 16, 2017
Hopefully the international film industry will realize (sooner rather than later) that there is a need and a desire for POC in roles that see them making a big impact on the world, and roles like that aren't exclusively reserved for white people.