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Filipino actor Dolly de Leon Dolly snags Best Supporting Performance at LA Film Critics Association Awards — She won the award for her role in Ruben Östlund’s satirical black comedy film “Triangle of Sadness”
Filipino actor Dolly de Leon won Best Supporting Performance at this year’s Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards.
De Leon, 53, gained international recognition for her role as Abigail in Swedish director Ruben Östlund’s first English-language feature film “Triangle of Sadness.”
Both de Leon and Ke Huy Quan of “Everything Everywhere All at Once” tied for the award on Sunday.
The satirical black comedy, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival on May 21, stars de Leon along with Harris Dickinson, Charlbi Dean and Woody Harrelson. It follows ultra-rich passengers who find themselves stranded on a desert island after being on a luxury cruise run by a Marxist captain. In the film, de Leon plays Abigail, a toilet manager on the cruise ship who ends up becoming the passengers’ leader.
Mindy Kaling, other South Asian comedians called out for perpetuating stereotypes — South Asian TikTok users are pushing back against harmful stereotypes, with one creator attributing their popularity to South Asian comedians.
South Asian TikTok users are pushing back against harmful stereotypes, with one creator attributing their popularity to South Asian comedians.
In a video posted last month that has garnered over 332,000 views and 60,000 likes, TikTok user Jasmine (@totallyprincessjasmine) criticizes a clip from the HBO Max series "The Sex Lives of College Girls," which was created and produced by Mindy Kaling. In the clip, Bela, played by Amrit Kaur, talks to her parents about how she used to be an "Indian loser."Donnie Yen almost quit acting after a movie flop left him with only $13 — The international action star made the revelation on Saturday during a speech in Hong Kong.
"Mindy Kaling. Just because you are an Indian loser, does not mean Indians are losers," Jasmine says in their video. "At this point you're genuinely doing more harm than good."
Stitching Jasmine's video, TikTok user Aqil Dhanani (@aqildhanani) goes on to claim that South Asian comedians are to blame for the promotion of harmful stereotypes in the U.S.
Dhanani calls out Kaling and stand-up comedians Russell Peters and Lily Singh in particular:
"If you're in America and you want to be racist against Black people, you can deep dive into the ancient tomes of racism and find a stereotype or a slur. Same with East Asians, same with Latinos. But if you want to make fun of South Asians, where do those insults usually come from? South Asian comedians," he says. "Mindy Kaling, Russell Peters, Lilly Singh, what do they talk about? Our parents talk funny and they beat us and we eat stinky food and we are stinky and there's hair all over."
‘The White Lotus’ Season 3 could center on ‘Eastern religion and spirituality,’ creator says — Warning: below contains spoilers for “The White Lotus” Season 2 finale
HBO’s critically acclaimed series “The White Lotus” could be heading to Asia for its third season, according to director and writer Mike White.
White dropped the hint in a featurette at the end of the Season 2 finale, saying the next installment may be “a satirical and funny look at death and Eastern religion and spirituality.”
The series’ creator already hinted at an Asian setting in an earlier interview, specifically mentioning Japan while discussing a character.
Another possible Asian setting came from the Season 2 finale, with one character hinting the Maldives as a destination for “next year.”
Signs of an Asian setting for the third installment of HBO’s critically acclaimed anthology series “The White Lotus” are getting stronger following the recent season finale.
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