We all knew it wouldn’t end nicely when Michael Bay, who typically portrays Asians as stereotypical caricatures, agreed to accept money from China in exchange for casting Chinese talent in Transformers 4. Now, we’re all but guaranteed that the actors playing the Chinese characters will be exploitative and batsh*t. It was recently announced at a press conference that these castings will be done via the reality show Transformers 4 Chinese Actor Talent Search. The show will find the sequel four actors–two with acting experience and two without. But they’d better be either a) sexy, or b) able to make goofy, embarrassing faces that make Michael Bay crack up laughing behind his director’s monitor.
“It’s funny because it thinks it’s people,” Bay would likely say. (THR)