Warning: This article contains minor spoilers for Deadpool 2
The release of Deadpool 2 has reignited conversation and concern about the Asian hair streak trope used in blockbuster movies.
The recently-released Ryan Reynolds film stars Shioli Kutsuna as a member of the X-Force called Yukio.
Introduced as the girlfriend of Negasonic Teenage Warhead, Yukio only appears in a handful of scenes during the film.
Her mutant powers – being able to electrically charge a large chain weapon she wields like a whip – are also saved until the film’s last big battle.
With her dialogue kept to a minimum – in an interview with The Nerds of Color, Kutsana said she’d “like to see [Yukio] talk more” if she were to return to the role – the most significant thing about Yukio in Deadpool 2 is her status as an LGBTQ+ Marvel character and, arguably, her hair colour.
In the film, Yukio’s character has pink highlights akin to those seen sported by female Asian characters in blockbusters since time immemorial.
Cue huge Twitter eye roll:
Nonetheless, there is the possibility that Deadpool 2 was itself making a joke of the trope, as Yukio’s hair is indeed a lot more streaked than other examples.
Indeed, in a later scene, she is called ‘Pinkie Pie’ by Deadpool and can be seen sporting a full pink hairdo.
Perhaps, mockingly so?
“I think that was the point,” argued one Twitter user.
“Deadpool was literally making fun of every comic book movie stereotype in this film. Your point still stands but thats what was happening here.”
The discussion follows previous criticism of Deadpool 2′s apparent “sexist” depiction of its female characters.
Deadpool 2 is out now in the UK and the US. Book tickets here.
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