Shannon Lee doesn’t care whether Quentin Tarantino likes Bruce Lee or not, she just thinks it would be best if the director stopped talking about him.
“I’m really f— tired of white men in Hollywood trying to tell me who Bruce Lee was,” wrote Lee, his daughter, in a guest column for the Hollywood Reporter on Friday in response to Tarantino’s last comments defending his portrayal of the the late Chinese-American martial artist and actor in the 2019 film “Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood”.
“I’ve met enough of them over the years (and not just in Hollywood) who want to complain about Bruce Lee and use Bruce Lee when and how it suits them without acknowledging his humanity, heritage or family in the process. a certain pattern has emerged, ”adds Lee, who is also the Managing Director of Bruce Lee Family Co.“ I’m not saying that no one is allowed to have a negative opinion of Bruce Lee. I’m saying that your opinion can be tinted. personal or cultural prejudices, and that there is a model.
On Tuesday, the director of “Once Upon a Time” appeared on Spotify’s “The Joe Rogan Experience” to promote the novelization of the newly released film and spoke to those who had criticized his portrayal of Bruce Lee during the broadcast. initial release of the film. While Tarantino could understand that Shannon Lee “has a problem with this” since he’s her father, he dismissed the other reviews with a bit of vulgar slang.
In “Once Upon a Time”, fictional stuntman Cliff Booth (played by Brad Pitt), is challenged to a practice match by Bruce Lee (Mike Moh). The scene has been described as “disrespectful” and “a parody” of the real martial art icon and its legacy.
Shannon Lee was among those who expressed her disappointment. “The treatment of my father’s script like that arrogant, selfish punching bag was really disheartening – and, I think, unnecessary,” Lee told The Times after seeing the movie.
Others, including Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, weighed in on the conversation that followed. Abdul-Jabbar wrote in a Hollywood Reporter column in 2019 that Tarantino’s portrayal of Bruce Lee was “sloppy and somewhat racist” and called it “a failure both as an artist and as a To be human “.
Tarantino, for his part, has continued to defend his portrayal, even going so far as to claim that it is an accurate portrayal of Bruce Lee, citing books and biographers to flesh out his defense. Lee’s biographer Matthew Polly, meanwhile, discredited Tarantino’s claims and even told Esquire in an interview that the scene from “Once Upon a Time” “isn’t just completely inaccurate, it turns Lee into a huffing and disrespectful moron “.
Shannon Lee adds that Tarantino’s continued comments are not welcome, especially in the continued prevalence of anti-Asian racism and violence over the past year.
“In a time when Asian Americans are being physically attacked, they are told to ‘go home’ because they are seen as non-Americans and demonized for something that has nothing to do with them,” writes -she, “I feel moved to suggest that Mr. Tarantino’s continued attacks, misrepresentations and misrepresentations of a pioneering and innovative member of our Asian American community, at this time, are not welcome .
This story originally appeared in the Los Angeles Times.