Jonathan Ke Quan, star of the little Short Round, denies that Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom is a racist film and credits Spielberg with favoring Asian representation in a Hollywood film,
The star of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Jonathan Ke Quandoes not agree with le at all allegations of racism moved by certain criticisms against the 1984 film.
Since its release, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom has been accused of racism, sexism and perpetuating the myth of the white savior. However, in an interview with The Guardian, Jonathan Ke Quan explained why he disagrees with this version at all and does not consider scenes such as the one in which Indiana Jones is served monkey brains as “problematic”.
“We’re talking about something that was done almost 40 years ago. It was a different era”the actor said. “It’s so hard to judge something so many years later. I have nothing but good memories. I really have nothing bad to say about it.”
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Quan also defended his character, Short Round, arguing that Indy’s young Chinese companion was a revolutionary character at the time and represented a huge step forward for Asian representation: “Spielberg was the first person to put an Asian face on a Hollywood blockbuster. Short Round is funny, it’s brave, it saves Indy. It was a rarity at the time. For many years afterward, we came full circle .”
In the meantime, the world is preparing for the release of Indiana Jones 5, the fifth and final chapter of the saga which will feature veteran Harrison Ford and which will be released in 2023.