Meghan Markle hits out at Austin Powers for ‘over-sexualised Asian women’ in new podcast


Meghan Markle hit out at Hollywood actor Mike Myers and director Quentin Tarantino for perpetuating stereotypes with their “caricatures” of Asian women in the latest episode of her Spotify podcast.

Discussing the matter with journalist Lisa Lind and comedian Margaret Cho, the Duchess of Sussex branded Kill Bill and Austin Powers as two examples of films “presenting caricatures of women of Asian descent.”

Austin Powers Goldmember faced much backlash over the Japanese characters of Fook Mi and Fook You, who were accused of “sexually tokenising” Asian women.

Meghan Markle said: “Movies like Austin Powers and Kill Bill presented these characters of Asian women as oftentimes over-sexualised or aggressive.

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Meghan Markle slammed Austin Powers and Kill Bill as perpetuating (Image: GETTY)

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Meghan Markle slammed Tarantino and Myers for “over sexualising” Asian women (Image: SPOTIFY)

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She told Ms Cho: “‘The Dragon Lady, the East Asian temptress whose mysterious foreign allure is scripted as both tantalising and deadly.

“This has seeped into a lot of our entertainment. But this toxic stereotyping of women of Asian descent, it doesn’t just end once the credits roll.”

The podcast included brief clips from both films, with one extract playing out to listeners a scene where Lucy Liu’s character O-Ren Ishii can be heard removing the head of a crime boss.

In the clip, the violent Yakuza leader can be heard saying: “The price you pay for either bringing up either my Chinese or American heritage as a negative is: I collect your f****** head.”

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Lucy Liu’s Kill Bill character was branded a typical Dragon Lady (Image: GETTY)

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Austin Powers faced Meghan’s criticism over the portrayals of two Japanese characters (Image: GETTY)

Writer India Roby described the character as a Dragon Lady routinely using “her sexuality as a powerful tool of manipulation, but often is emotionally and sexually cold and threatens masculinity.”

The Duchess of Sussex kicked off the latest episode of her podcast recounting her “humbling” first visit to a Korean spa with mum Doria Ragland.

Meghan said: “t’s a very humbling experience for a girl going through puberty because you enter a room with women from ages nine to maybe 90, all walking around naked and waiting to get a body scrub on one of these tables that are all lined up in a row.

“All I wanted was a bathing suit. Once I was over that adolescent embarrassment, my mom and I, we would go upstairs we would sit in a room and we would have a steaming bowl of the most delicious noodles.”

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Meghan Markle branded the representation of Asian women in Hollywood as “toxic” (Image: GETTY)

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Meghan Markle spoke of the “humbling” experience of visiting a Korean spa with her mum Doria (Image: GETTY)

Ms Cho said: “Thank you…I loved that movie. I mean, I love Joel (actor Joel Kim Booster) … we actually talked a lot about you on set. We were just admiring you, just so much.”

Meghan said: “Oh, really?… I really appreciate that.

“Honestly, I’m thrilled. When I came downstairs, I was ‘I’m talking to Margaret Cho this morning’.”

The Duchess of Sussex also took inspiration from her chat with Ms Cho to urge her audience to be their “best and true self” regardless of the labels being imposed upon them.


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