Bruce Lee’s daughter Shannon has once again called out Quentin Tarantino for his criticism of her late father.
In an open letter published in The Hollywood Reporter, Lee said she is “tired of hearing from white men in Hollywood that [Bruce Lee] was arrogant and an asshole”.
The letter was written in response to comments Tarantino made during an appearance on The Joe Rogan Experience last week.
Throughout the interview, Tarantino defended his less than flattering portrayal of Lee in Once A Time In Hollywood, which saw him defeated in a fight by Brad Pitt’s character, Cliff Booth.
“I can understand his daughter having a problem with it. It’s her fucking father. Everyone else: go suck a dick,” he said.
Shannon Lee has now argued that Tarantino’s take on her father is an example of a wider problem with white men in Hollywood.
“They have no idea and cannot fathom what it might have taken to get work in 1960s and 1970s Hollywood as a Chinese man with (God forbid) an accent,” she wrote.
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Lee continued on to add that Tarantino’s remarks were particularly insensitive given the recent racist attacks on Asian Americans.
“At a time when Asian Americans are being physically attacked, told to “go home” because they are seen as not American, and demonised for something that has nothing to do with them I feel moved to suggest that Mr. Tarantino’s continued attacks, mischaracterisations and misrepresentations of a trailblazing and innovative member of our Asian American community, right now, are not welcome,” she said.
This isn’t the first time Lee has spoken out about Tarantino’s portrayal of her father, as she first told The Wrap back in 2019 that he “didn’t need to treat [Bruce] in the way that white Hollywood did when he was alive.”
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