David Choe’s recent casting on the upcoming HBO series “Beef” has drawn criticism from many who see it as a prime example of Hollywood nepotism. Choe, a graffiti artist and muralist who gained notoriety in the early 2000s for his work on Facebook’s original headquarters, is the cousin of the show’s creator, Steven Soderbergh.
Many on social media have called out Soderbergh for what they see as a clear case of favoritism, arguing that Choe’s casting is an insult to the many talented actors and artists who have struggled for years to make a name for themselves in the industry. Some have even accused Soderbergh of using his influence to give his cousin a leg up, despite the fact that Choe has no previous acting experience.
Critics of the move have also pointed to the lack of diversity in Hollywood, arguing that the industry’s tendency to rely on personal connections and nepotism only serves to perpetuate systemic inequalities. This latest incident, they say, only reinforces the need for greater representation and opportunities for underrepresented communities in the entertainment industry.
For his part, Soderbergh has defended his decision, arguing that Choe was the best fit for the role and that he had earned it on his own merit. He has also pointed out that Choe is not the only non-actor to be cast in the show, which features a number of musicians and other artists in prominent roles.
Regardless of where one stands on the issue, the controversy over Choe’s casting on “Beef” highlights the ongoing debate around Hollywood’s reliance on personal connections and nepotism. With calls for greater diversity and inclusivity in the industry growing louder by the day, it remains to be seen whether this latest incident will lead to any meaningful change.