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“Failure in Diversity,” he began on Instagram. “I’m asking my Native Actors to stay away from this project.

 “Yellowstone” is telling the world that there are no Native actresses capable of leading a TV show. Unless your great-great grandparents are Cherokee.”

“I speak on behalf of all my woman Natives who work so hard to get noticed and they wake up to this,” he wrote in a separate comment underneath the photo.

According to reports, the 25-year-old actress is half-white/half-Taiwanese “with some Cherokee ancestry.” Others state that she was born to a “Chinese-Taiwanese father and a mother of English and Cherokee descent.” Either way, she reportedly has some Native American in her ancestry, but her ethnicity is primarily Asian and European.

She stated in 2010 that she wanted to be able to speak more fluently in Mandarin Chinese as well as be able to read traditional Chinese characters. She has two younger siblings: a brother who is two years younger and a sister who is eight years younger. She attended Hammond School for high school, located in Columbia, SC. Kelsey Chow's residence is in Los Angeles, California, but she currently lives in New York City where she attends Columbia University. Career

After gaining experience in community theatre, Chow got her first television role in 2005 where she played the recurring role of Gigi Silveri on One Tree Hill at the age of 13 appearing on the show until 2009.


In 2008, she guest starred on The Suite Life of Zack & Cody. She also co-starred in the Disney Channel original film, Den Brother.From 2010 to 2013, Chow co-starred as Mikayla on Disney XD original series, Pair of Kings.

In 2012, Chow had a small part in The Amazing Spider-Man, and was later cast in the feature film Run. In 2014, she was cast in the Fox drama Hieroglyph. However, the series was cancelled before it premiered.

She co-starred in the music video for Hayley Kiyoko's song "Girls Like Girls". Kelsey appeared in the recurring role of Tracy Stewart on season 5, part 1 of Teen Wolf, which premiered on June 29, 2015 and reassumed her role for part 2, which premiered on January 5, 2016.
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Responses to "Adam Beach asks fellow stars to boycott show after Asian actress cast in Native role"

  1. Anonymous says:

    Good for you Adam.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Stay strong Adam!!
    You r so very, very right...there are plenty of talented native sisters that could play this role.

  3. Anonymous says:

    yes- strange casting. Good on ya Adam - fellow Actra memb.

  4. E LeClerc says:

    Umm Ashley Callingbull Mrs. Universe 2016

  5. Anonymous says:

    Thank you Adam. I like where your heads at!

  6. Anonymous says:

    stand by your words brother let the voice b heard out there

  7. Chi-MeGwetch Adam Beach for Keeping it REAL!������

  8. Anonymous says:

    snakes and sparklers

  9. Unknown says:

    Glad you said something a native part should be given to a native women ......

  10. TJS517 says:

    There are hundreds of American Indian females, with ancestral heritage that could play this part. Hell, even Q'orianka Kilcher could play her and I wouldn't object and she Peruvian.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Real Native is Creative! Good for you Adam!

  12. Anonymous says:

    This diversity crap has gone way to far! So, Asian-Washing is a thing now?

  13. Unknown says:

    lol wow they just need to just go an look for them on the rez or city they are around . but i like what you said adam b

  14. Meanwhile, Adam, who's married to a white woman, would probably be okay with a 1/64th white person participating, right? Oh, the irony. Native pride!!

  15. Anonymous says:

    Yes Adam I'm with you. The role should be given to one of our talented Aboriginal actresses. What makes them think that an aboriginal can't do a good job for the role?

  16. Anonymous says:

    The Europeans have maligned indigenous people with a huge government "book of rules", a person has to be 7/8ths blood quantum...they shd live by they're own rules..

  17. Anonymous says:

    A Hollywood Indian calling out a non-native playing native? That's like being so called native and not knowing your native language or customs..

  18. Anonymous says:

    Just a shot in the dark, but did any native actresses audition? Also if she can play the part what is wrong with it? Hiring the right person for the job gives a better chance of success than hiring someone just cause of religion or racial background.

  19. Anonymous says:

    Adam is addressing a deeper issue, acting is just that, taking on a role... armies, treaties, educational systems tried to eradicate native people. Old duster movies used Italians and other ethnic groups to portray native (indigenous peoples) people while bannishing the real deal. Adams comment is addressing that.

  20. I agree Adam. I also agree with Anonymous, that for many decades other ethnic actors/actresses, with or without a brand name were given commercials or roles as Natives when they obviously are not Native. This is such an insult to our culture.

  21. Anonymous says:

    Cherokee,Choctaw, Wampanoag Irish and African American and
    I still wouldn't qualify for a movie such as Squanto? This movie was made about my Grandfather's people.Is it because my grandmother people wasn't a Cherokee princess? SMH

  22. Anonymous says:

    I would have great faith that ms.alaska who was a finalist for the miss USA pageant would definitely qualify as a native to fill the part. She's beautiful talented and I bet wouldn't mind adding actress to her resume!

  23. Anonymous says:

    Philip Labrado, idk what your point was. Firstly, Adam's wife is Seminole. Secondly, what is this about 1/64th white person participating in what? lmao

  24. Anonymous says:

    She has some native in her who cares how much! Really! We natives got to get over stupid shit like this and come together. There are fewer and fewer pure blood natives out there (now I sound like the scene from blade). I'm part native and I'm offended that any native would actually do this, boycott, please grow up!!

  25. Anonymous says:

    keep it up Adam I know allot of native actors men, women and children Sad on you yellowstone sad

  26. Anonymous says:

    are these people for real you aren't looking hard enough Hollywood. if this project goes through I will not be watching and me and my children are metis.and there is a lot more aboriginal people up here in Canada and I know at least a few that have the ability to be a frmale leading role in a show hands down.

  27. Anonymous says:

    To bad TERO doesn't apply to acting & show business! Get my drift!!!give the Natives the parts!I went to a NIGC convention & got a signed picture of Adam Beach & I didn't even know who he was, but my kids were all excited! Give the Natives a chance to show their talent!!

  28. Anonymous says:

    "my Native Actors"? What kind of talk is that?

  29. Anonymous says:

    Are yous crazy there is alotta native women that are way more pretty and hot then that lady i agree w adam beach way more native people out here im a native women and i know alotta talented native people. They just gotta look

  30. Anonymous says:

    This is about Native Actresses auditioning for an American Indian role and it being given to a nonnative rather than a native American actress. I know there are plenty well qualified native american actresses. If the part is for an African American man they don't give the role to a Caucasian. It's not about hating her for not being Indian it's about non natives portraying native Americans,it's not right like a slap in the face, that's what I think anyway.

  31. Anonymous says:

    Ok here goes.... I am an actress. I have been doing film, TV and Theater for most of my life. I work very hard on my craft even have a Masters degree from one of the most prestigious schools/conservatory in NYC.I am also an indigenous person born to parents that are Aztec/Tuscarora and Taino/Arawak. I'm usually cast as a Native person in just about every role I have gone out for. They are principal roles but not leading roles. I am also Latina which comes from my mothers side (Taino). I have watched as the roles I 'feel' I can play , are given to someone who is non native like Italian, white, Asian, European and the list goes on and on.... etc. Many calls backs, first refusals, yet many producers cannot see me as just an actor playing a role. If the part calls for a Native, indigenous person , playing the role, then give priority to the Native person. Allow the Native person to audition don't just look at them and say nah' need someone a little bit lighter. geez this has been going on for years now. I recall a converstaion I had with a Broadway and film Director who told me that she was casting for a South American Indian woman about 40 to 50 to play a lead role in a Broadway show yet she gave it to an African American to play SA native..what?!!! I told her hey you have seen my work and you know me why didn't I have a chance to be considered? She simply said this particular woman had already done the role in workshop and she liked her look?! So she didn't stay true to the 'Book". She also told me that it was her production and all these Native actors can stop complaining cause she's gonna do what ever she wants. Needless to say we had a very deep discussion on casting for type and she just didn't get it. Plus she didn't want to cast a total unknown..cause a lot of mmoney was riding on this particular production. Yes ther are many qualified Native Actors that have the acting chops to do justice to any particular role if only the powers that be allow our native brothers and sisters the opportunity to show what we have to offer. Non Natives should not portray Natives with so many Natives Actors out here!

  32. Anonymous says:

    Native and Native American is truly not the same she should get the good old fashioned white cowboy boot, kick out. If she wants a part in this white world she can act a role with the Cowboys. ✋

  33. These producers and directors continue to shape societies perception of Native American People with non-natives. It will take those non-natives to turn down those acting jobs to and allow true Native american women to play in those productions. I don't see that happening anytime soon. The covetous heart knows no bounds...

  34. We've worked hard to get where we are, cast a fellow sister.

  35. This is the reason Hollywood and the film industry lacks original material. Its not an accident they remake a Batman feature every 5 to 10 years. Hollywood and the white execs maintain this racism because Anglo culture is weak. Every white hero, historical leader or lead actor must be white so the small but wealthy white supremacist are not offended or confused with accurate or authentic portayals because Americana demands Anglo representation over realism. There are scores of Asian, Latino, African American and indigneous writers, actors and talent, like our first black president, Hollywood and Anglo America are just not ready for facts or truth in cinema. All races but the white race in America, have met the challenges of diversity earned through struggle and prejudices.

  36. Anonymous says:

    As a Hawaiian that has watched several native Hawaiian movie roles, including one about a prominent native Hawaiian historical figure, go to non-Hawaiian (typically white) actors, I feel your struggle. Stand strong for what you believe in. Don't fall for their excuses. If they claim there are no native actresses, why not cast from unknowns? Disney did it for Moana and Auli'i was a wonderful addition!!

  37. Zak Flying says:

    I would like to nominate/suggest my Auntie Beatrice. She is quite a lady and multi-talented. She can be viewed on youtube.

  38. Anonymous says:

    Philip labrado Adam's why would you bring his wife into this . She's not acting this. I didn't see him saying don't marry a white women .

  39. mannygirl says:

    So according to some Hollywood directors we don't know how to "act" as Natives onscreen! Bawhahaha omg �� good one!!!

  40. Anonymous says:

    Adam I am Native American and a member of the Mohegan Tribe. You stated in your opening statement that the girl is part Native therefore they did cast a Native American for the role. There aren't many 100% Native Americans left so why are we further separating our people based on how much Native they are? This is one of the saddest statements I have heard. I will smudge and ask the Creator to show you guidance.

  41. Adam I am of Cree Decent, born in Canada. There are plenty of Native Americans/Canadians. There are many 100 percent Native Americans/Canadians where I come from. Look at the Revenant Casgt..well done.

  42. Anonymous says:

    Who is doing the casting,find out and ask why?I agree,but I have to watch Kevin Costner is a home boy here in Visalia,Ca.Maybe he can answer your question,does it cost more for native American girl?

  43. Anonymous says:

    There are far too many true native american woman who could do the job. Keep up the good work. And keep standing firm.

  44. Anonymous says:

    I agree far too many real native American beautiful women to play to play this role. No more fakes.

  45. Some comments are missing the point when they say she's part native. She identifies as Asian so the native part of her ancestry is being touted simply to appease, not because that is what she is. I'm sure if it wasn't convenient to be native, that small part of her family history would quickly disappear from her bio as it has from others family history in the past. I could care less what her genealogy is but when you identify as Asian it's a sad stretch to be cast as native. I'm sure someone somewhere pulled strings that got her the part.

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