Hair trends — from flamingo hair to Fruity Pebbles strands — tend to come and go as quickly as you can snip off your dead ends. But the recent release of Deadpool 2 has brought to light a disturbing pattern in television and movies that has, unfortunately, stuck around for years : The practice of giving Asian characters neon streaks in their hair, seemingly to make them appear more interesting. Twitter user nerdyasians recently resurfaced the topic on social media, writing, "It's time for western media to drop the idea that Asian girls need neon streaks of color in their hair to stand out. The trend isn't limited to live-action movies and television; several animated shows also make use of the trope, including Big Hero 6 and Titan A. Several Twitter users responded and echoed the same sentiments. One user wrote : "Western media perpetuates Asian girls with dyed hair as rebels, girls who don't conform to the rest is Asian stereotypes.
Why the Trope of Rebellious Asian Women With Colorful Hair Is Problematic
Why the Trope of Rebellious Asian Women With Colorful Hair Is Problematic | Teen Vogue
In this op-ed, Rae Chen explores the problematic trope of portraying Asian women with colorful hair as rebellious. One of my favorite movies of the early s was Pacific Rim , a Guillermo del Toro film about giant fighting robots. It's an accurate description. But there was one thing about the movie that didn't sit quite right, and it was the blue streaks they put in Rinko Kikuchi's hair so that she could play the "rebellious" Mako Mori. Because, you know. The viewer isn't going to be able to tell that Mako is an independent thinker without that bit of blue.
The "Asian Character Hair Streak" Is Real And A Huge Problem
You can help confirm this entry by contributing facts, media, and other evidence of notability and mutation. Asian Hair Streak refers to a trend in western cinema and television to show asian characters, particularly in action roles, with a dyed section of color in their hair. The trope was first noticed on Tumblr in the fall of and discussion surrounding the trope was reignited in after a Twitter user called out the trope after seeing the character Yukio in Deadpool 2. The user made the point that while the trope wasn't necessarily negative, it was overused. The post gained over 82, notes.
Nothing is wrong with colored hair. Psylocke, Mako Mori and Blink— it becomes an annoying trope that we are tired of seeing. This problem exists because almost all East Asian women in media are depicted like this, and like comic illustrator and artist Jen Bartel stated on Twitter :. If there were more Asian characters that DIDN'T sport the hair streak as a default form of identification, it wouldn't be a problem.