Matt Damon’s new action film “The Great Wall” is inspiring some brutal social media posts mocking him for appropriating Chinese culture — and doubling down on the star’s perceived superiority on matters of diversity.
#ThankYouMattDamon trended on Twitter Thursday afternoon, with many users offering faux thanks to Damon and the movie (a big gamble on Hollywood-China collaborations in film) for bringing Chinese culture to the forefront.
“Matt Damon is my favorite anime character,” one user wrote.
“Matt Damon introduced noodles to the Europeans,” said another.
Universal Pictures is the distributor for the project, a Legendary East production that represents the first output from the Thomas Tull-created company under its new owner Dalian Wanda.
The fantasy film sees Damon as what many view to be a white savior figure, helping a Chinese army protect their famous wall from CGI aliens.
This is not the first time Damon has courted controversy when it comes to diversity. As a producer and a featured cast member on HBO’s reality series “Project Greenlight,” he caused an uproar over comments he made to beloved line producer Effie Brown.
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