Fu Manchu? Are you fucking kidding me?

South African movie company Distant Horizon plans to revive Fu Manchu. According to Distant Horizon president Anant Singh:

We will reinvent Fu Manchu as an anti-hero who fits in with a more socially conscious world and that addresses the very complex multipolar world we all live in today. We have already begun to discuss Fu’s rebirth with a number of exciting talents in Hong Kong and mainland China.

You know what, as an Asian American, I’m just gonna go ahead and say that you don’t have to do this. Sure, Fu Manchu was a horrible caricature of us that was incredibly insulting created for a people who were afraid of anyone who didn’t look like them. Fu Manchu was created in a more racist and fearful time. We get that. We’re over it. You don’t need to apologize to us by reinventing Fu Manchu. Really, he wasn’t our character to begin with. We don’t like him. We don’t identify him. In fact, we’d rather forget about him.

Even if this isn’t some sort of strange apology for racist depictions of Asians, this sounds like a bad idea. No good can come of this.

[Via Hollywood Reporter]