Bring Back Bruce Lee’s ‘Warrior’ on HBO Max
WARRIOR FANS (ITCHY ONIONS), we have heard the news that HBO Max has renewed Warrior for a third season. We are overjoyed this has finally happened but our battle for representation authenticity and #StopAsianHate is not over. We want to make sure that Hollywood and Mainstream Media will continue to pledge their support for the Asian Community.
We need this renewal from HBO Max and WarnerMedia to be the vanguard of more Asian representation and inclusion by allowing our Asian narratives and history to be seen and told. We want them to be the cornerstone of creating a catalyst to push other studios and companies to join this movement.
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At the height of his career, Bruce Lee had a vision for a television series that would bring martial arts to the American West. It would be an opportunity for Chinese American performers, long subjugated to playing supporting roles and caricatures, to command the screen in leading roles.
Fifty years later, Lee’s daughter Shannon and director Justin Lin realized his vision and Warrior was born. Warrior tells the story of the Tong Wars, violent clashes spurred on by anti-Chinese sentiment in 1870’s San Francisco. Praised by critics and with a charged fan base, Warrior ran for two seasons on Cinemax until 2020. Both seasons now live on HBO Max.
What We’re Asking
Much like San Francisco in the late 1800’s, anti-Asian sentiment and violence against Asian Americans in the United States are at a horrific high. What the Asian American community and the media industry need right now is honest, inclusive representation of Asian Americans on our screens. Now is the time to make our voices heard.
The need for awareness and mobilization among and beyond the Asian American community has never been higher. WarnerMedia’s recent pledge to #StopAsianHate is not enough. The studio needs to demonstrate its commitment substantively, by creating more Asian representation and reviving a culturally relevant show like Warrior.
How You Can Help
Please donate generously and share this campaign to all those friends, family, allies, and media lovers who are committed to seeing real change in media representation, rather than hearing hollow corporate promises. Renewing Warrior is the progress we need to put Asian Americans in charge of telling their own stories.
Organized by Fans of Warrior in collaboration with Asian CineVision
More about our partner organization: https://www.asiancinevision.org/
Asian CineVision (ACV) is a media arts nonprofit devoted to the development, exhibition, promotion, and preservation of Asian and Asian American experiences through storytelling. Our mission is to nurture and grow the community of makers and lovers of independent diasporic Asian film, television, and digital.
Image courtesy of Clément Boulenger @grimlinzart
Q: I already donated to the Warrior Change.org petition. Isn’t that enough?
A: We do not have access to the petition donations. But we do need to mount a time-sensitive campaign before certain Hollywood events to make a significant impact. This is a 501(c)3 group advocating for changes and all donations are 100% tax-deductible.
Q: Why can’t the big Asian stars / heavy weights pay for it?
A: To show the Hollywood studio that there is a strong fan base, we need a loud grassroot itchy onion movement.
Q: Isn’t keyboarding enough?
A: Thank you for your support but time is ticking. We need visibility and noise in various ways so that the studios know about the importance of shows like Warrior and that the industry needs to do better.
Q: What if you don't make your funding goal? What happens to the funds that are left over?
We intend to secure as much advertising space as possible with the funds we do raise. Any funds leftover will go towards continuing Asian CineVision's work of promoting Asian representation through the development, exhibition, and preservation of Asian and Asian American film and video.