A theatrical poster of “Crazy Rich Asians” in Vancouver, Canada was vandalized with racist comments ahead of the movie’s opening this month.
Twitter user @jojocake found the poster installed in a bus shelter in an “affluent neighborhood.”
“A bus shelter with this poster in an affluent neighbourhood in Vancouver was vandalized with racist comments. Extremely upsetting.”
Lead actress Constance Wu had the words “stupid chinx” written on her face and “money laundering thiefs” on her arm.
Meanwhile, Henry Golding had the word “pathetic” written on his face.
However, @jojocake believes that the offensive act may actually directed at Vancouver’s housing problem.
“This doesn’t justify the act in any way, but I think the vandals’ motives have less to do with the movie and more with the Vancouver housing crisis and foreign investors. But they should be turning to the government for better regulation, certainly not an entire race of people.”
According to the Vancouver Sun, a new poll showed that 59% of residents reported being “negatively impacted” by the current housing crisis in the city.
A whopping 84% blamed foreign homebuyers for the crisis, while some also pointed fingers at population growth, shadow flipping and money laundering.
Nonetheless, Twitter users slammed the racist act — including the film’s director, Jon M. Chu.
“Crazy Rich Asians” opens on Aug. 15.