Margaret Cho Reacts to Tilda Swinton Feud Over Email Exchange About 'Doctor Strange'

The 'Drop Dead Diva' alum comes to her own defense after the Ancient One depicter disputed Cho's claim about their 'weird' and 'long' discussion that made Cho feel like a 'house Asian.'

AceShowbiz - %cMargaret Cho% defended herself following a fallout with %cTilda Swinton% over their email exchange about "Doctor Strange" whitewashing controversy. "I believe my emails stand on their own and should be taken for the spirit in which they were intended," she said.

"Asian actors should play Asian roles," the former "Drop Dead Diva" actress continued in her statement. "I am grateful that the debate has now entered the national discussion and remain a huge fan of Tilda's. Now I'm going to go fall asleep at a museum."

The feud started after Cho revealed in a podcast interview that Swinton reached out to her about the Ancient One casting in the Marvel movie. She said the conversation did not go well and claimed that Swinton told her "not tell anybody." Cho called it a "weird" and "long" discussion that made her feel like "a house Asian, like I'm her servant."

"Like the ones when they have in the (British) raj, they would have the house servant who was your confidante," Cho said. "The servant that was close to you. That's sort of what I felt like, like I was following her with an umbrella. I had a weird feeling about the entire exchange, especially the part of Don't tell anybody."

In response, Swinton released their full unedited email conversation that appeared to be cordial despite their different stances on the "Doctor Strange" controversy. Cho even praised Swinton over the latter's upcoming movie "Okja" which will be filmed in Korea.

Swinton mentioned her Bong Joon Ho-directed movies including "Snowpiercer" following Cho's advice. "Maybe what's best is the highlight the diversity that you do see in the film and that being why you felt drawn to the project," Cho told her. "Also acknowledge that you're all about diversity and how you want the films you make to be diverse and how film can benefit from that."

Cho added, "I'd even suggest getting into producing content that would give Asian American voices a platform? That's really what is being asked for. Asian Americans feel as if we have no place in film and so we want one to be created. Whether that is found in supporting projects that would bring Asians."

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