"Matt Damon taught me how to use chopsticks. #thankyoumattdamon"

herTwitter users have started the hashtag #ThankYouMattDamon to mark the release of Matt Damon’s new movie, The Great Wall.

Although the film was released at the end of last year in China, The Great Wall will be released to western audiences tomorrow, 17 February.

Since the release of The Great Wall’s first trailer, the film has suffered from on onslaught of criticism from the Asian community, who have slammed the film for ‘whitewashing’.

Amongst the critics was Fresh Off The Boat’s Constance Wu, who posted a rant on social media, including, “our heroes don’t look like Matt Damon. They look like Malala. Ghandi [sic]. Mandela…We have to stop perpetuating the racist myth that only a white man can save the world. It’s not an actual fact,”

To mark the release of the film, Twitter users have created a hashtag to sarcastically reflect on the ‘white hero complex’ – #ThankYouMattDamon.

The tweets attached to the hashtag have rapidly spread across the Twittersphere and they’re utterly hilarious. “Matt Damon taught me how to use chopsticks. #thankyoumattdamon”, Jenny Yang Tweeted, whilst Shana Choung wrote, “Matt Damon introduced me to boba #thankyoumattdamon”. 

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