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‘Blue Bayou’ director Justin Chon responds to accusations he appropriated Korean adoptee Adam Crapser’s story

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Director, actor and writer Justin Chon is facing accusations from Korean adoptees and an adoptee advocacy group that claim he appropriated Korean adoptee Adam Crapser’s story.

Crapser’s statement: On Sept. 17, Chon’s film “Blue Bayou” hit theaters across the country after it received a glowing reception from Asian stars who attended its premiere a few days prior. 

‘My heart bled for them’: Director Justin Chon’s ‘Blue Bayou’ aims to change the fate of American adoptees facing deportation

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In a shotgun home in the Louisiana bayou, a Korean adoptee’s small-town world is rocked when he finds out that in the 30 years he’s lived in America, he is not considered a citizen and is at risk of deportation.

Justin Chon, the writer, director and star behind “Blue Bayou” plays the character Antonio LeBlanc, a financially struggling New Orleans-based tattoo artist who was adopted from South Korea when he was 3. The film peers into the lives of Antonio and his pregnant wife Kathy, played by Alicia Vikander, as parents of Kathy’s young daughter from a previous marriage.

Asian stars pour support for Justin Chon’s deportation tearjerker ‘Blue Bayou’ at LA Premiere

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Many Asian celebrities showed up on Tuesday to support the Los Angeles premiere of Justin Chon’s deportation drama “Blue Bayou” at the DGA Theater Complex.

What the film is about: The movie follows the story of Louisiana bayou-raised character Anthony LeBlanc, a Korean American adoptee whose life was turned upside down after an altercation at a grocery store, as he struggles to keep his family together while facing possible deportation, NBC News reported.

Korean-American Whose Family Store Was Looted During the L.A. Riots Tells His Story in ‘Gook’

On March 3, 1991, taxi driver Rodney King was beaten by four police officers in Los Angeles following a high speed car chase. George Holliday, a witness on scene, videotaped the incident from his balcony and sent the footage to local news station KTLA, drawing outrage amongst the African American community.

All four officers were acquitted of charges of assault with a deadly weapon and use of excessive force. Within hours of the acquittals, the 1992 Los Angeles riots started, stemming from frustration and outrage on how Blacks were treated by police.