ABC News Live Prime: Friday, May 27, 2022

Texas DPS director says officers waiting to enter Robb Elementary School shooting was "wrong decision"; Outraged community demands answers about delayed response; holiday weekend storms.
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Transcript for ABC News Live Prime: Friday, May 27, 2022
LIVE. >> WELCOME BACK. WE WANT TO TURN NOW TO LOOK AT THE DIVERSITY AND THE ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF THE ASIAN AMERICAN NATIVE HAWAIIAN AND PACIFIC ISLANDER COMMUNITY AS PART OF ABC NEWS'S SULLIVAN ASIAN FRANCHISE. -- CANDID CONVERSATIONS WITH GENERATIONS OF ASIAN AMERICAN ACTORS ON OVERCOMING HARMFUL HOLLYWOOD STEREOTYPES AS PART OF TONIGHT'S TOGETHER AS ONE SPECIAL. TAKE A LOOK. >> THE LEADING ROLES THAT MEN AND WOMEN WILL PLAY BY WHITE ACTORS, AND EVEN I EXPERIENCED THAT IN MY ACTING THEME, PLAYING CHARLIE CHAN. EVERY MORNING WE HAD TO PUT THOSE EYE PIECES ON. TOP KIND OF FUNNY LIKE THIS. HUNCHED. >> AND THERE'S THE DRAGON LADY, AS WELL AS THE DOMICILE LOTUS FLOWER. ALL THE WOMEN ARE HYPER SEXUALIZED. HOLLYWOOD REPRESENTATION IS SO POWERFUL. ALL THOSE KIND OF STEREOTYPES THAT BECOME THEIR PERCEPTION OF WET AGENTS LOOK LIKE. THESE CRUDE STEREOTYPES PERSISTED INTO THE 80S AND WELL BEYOND. >> WHAT IS HAPPENING, HOT STUFF? >> THE PERHAPS THE MOST SINGLE INFAMOUS AND OFFENSIVE ROLE IN THE 80S DEPICTING AN ASIAN WAS THE CHARACTER OF THE JOHN HUGHES TEAM COMEDY, 16 CANDLES. >> SEXY GIRLFRIEND! BONDS I! >> I WAS EXCITED TO DO IT. I THOUGHT IT WAS COMEDY. I KNEW IT WAS STEREOTYPICAL, BUT I REALLY JUST WANTED TO WORK. JUST AS AN ACTOR. >> YOU NEEDED TO FEED YOURSELF. >> YES, EXACTLY. WOULD I DID NOT PERCEIVE IS HOW IT WOULD AFFECT PEOPLE AFTER IT CAME OUT. PEOPLE COMING UP TO ME AND GETTING ANGRY AT ME. >> DID IT FEEL LIKE PEOPLE WERE BLAMING YOU FOR IT? >> AT FIRST IT DID. BUT I THINK THAT THE RULE HAD TO HAPPEN IN ORDER TO CATAPULT PEOPLE INTO FIGURING OUT WHAT IS THIS? WHAT DO WE DO ABOUT IT? >> THEN 2002, MY AGENT SENT THE AUDITION FOR AUSTIN POWERS AND GOLD MEMBER, AND AT THE TIME, THAT MOVIE FRANCHISE WAS LIKE THE HIGHLIGHT OF THE SUMMER. BEING YOUNG AND AMBITIOUS. I WAS LIKE, THIS IS GREAT. I HAVE TO DO THIS. >> YOUR NAME IS? >> -- >> BABY. >> THIS ROLE IS AN EXAMPLE OF THE FED ASSIMILATION OF ASIAN WOMEN AND THE HYPER SEXUAL -IZATION -- THAT SUCKS. AND, YOU KNOW, BUT I TAKE RESPONSIBILITY. THAT WAS NOT ME. I TOOK THAT ROLE. I THINK PROCESSING IT, IT'S TOUGH. >> TO PLAY THE ROLE OF HER TWIN SISTER, -- CARRY AN, NOW A JUDGE ON DANCING WITH THE STARS. >> I THOUGHT IT WAS A FUNNY RULE. I HATE THAT SOMEBODY COULD BE OFFENDED. WHEN I HEAR THE COMMENTARY THAT ARE OUT THERE, IT SCARES ME. I THINK COMEDY IS IMPORTANT TO HAVE. I THINK WE MUST BE ABLE TO LAUGH AT OURSELVES. >> DO YOU FEEL THE PRESSURE OF REPRESENTATION? THERE IS NOT ROOM FOR -- WHEN YOU'RE THE ONE, DOES THAT CARRY EXTRA WEIGHT? >> I ALWAYS FEEL THE PRESSURE OF REPRESENTATION. EVERY TIME I'M THERE, I TRY TO SHOW PEOPLE ME. AND ALL THE COMPLEXITY OF WHO I AM. AND THAT I'M NOT A STEREOTYPE. >> THAT'S EVA PILGRIM REPORTING. YOU COULD SEE MUCH MORE OF ABC NEWS SULLIVAN NATION SPECIAL. TOGETHER AS ONE TONIGHT ON ABC AND ON HOLD. STILL AHEAD HERE ON PRIME, WHAT COMES NEXT ON TODAY'S CLOSING ARGUMENTS IN THE TRIAL BETWEEN JOHNNY DEPP AND AMBER HEARD? PLUS, RUSSIA MAKES SMALL GAINS IN EASTERN UKRAINE AS PRESIDENT ZELENSKYY CALLS FOR MORE SUPPORT FROM THE U.S. AND WHAT IT MEANS FOR THE FIGHT AHEAD. WE TAKE A LOOK AT A BUSY HOLIDAY WEEKEND OF TRAVEL COMING UP AHEAD BY THE NUMBERS. BUT FIRST, OUR TWEET OF THE DAY, IF YOU WANT TO FEEL OLD, REMEMBER THE ICONIC PHOTO OF THE FIVE-YEAR-OLD BOY ASKING TO TOUCH FORMER PRESIDENT OBAMA'S HAIR IN THE OVAL OFFICE? HE'S NOW ALL GROWN UP. HE ABC NEWS.COM. HERE'S TO EVERYTHING AHEAD. >> FOR MANY, INCLUDING I'M SURE MANY WATCHING AT HOME, THE DASH TO ENJOY THIS MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND HAS ALREADY STARTED THIS YEAR. EVERYTHING SEEMS TO BE BIGGER. A LOT MORE PEOPLE ON THE MOVE, AND WE ALSO HAVE HIGHER PRICES. WE ACTUALLY HAVE A BIGGER SALES. HERE'S WHAT TO EXPECT. MORE THAN 39 MILLION AMERICANS ARE EXPECTED TO TAKE ROSE AND SKIES THIS ALREADY WEEKEND DESPITE THOSE RISING GAS AND PLANE TICKET PRICES. REACHING PRE-PANDEMIC LEVELS. 90% OF MEMORIAL DAY TRAVELERS WILL BE BY CAR. THAT'S GOING TO BRING HEAVY TRAFFIC TO POPULAR DESTINATIONS. AIR TRAVEL IS GOING TO SEE THE BIGGEST SPIKE. 25% MORE PEOPLE WILL BE FLYING TO THEIR WEEKEND GETAWAYS THIS YEAR. FOR THOSE WHO ARE JUST HITTING THE BACKYARD, 84% OF HOLIDAY PICNIC PLANNERS SAID THEY PLANNED TO ADJUST THEIR MENUS IN REACTION TO THE RISING COST OF FOOD. HE'LL BE PAYING 20% MORE FOR BEEF AND CHIPS THIS YEAR. 15% MORE FOR SODAS. BUT HOLIDAY SHOPPERS CAN EXPECT UP TO 70% OFF, PRODUCTS LIKE JCPENNEY'S AIR FRYER ON SALE FOR $80. RETAILERS ARE EAGER TO OFF-LOAD THEIR UNSOLD EXTRA STOCK. THAT'S A SMALL SILVER LINING TO THOSE RISING PRICES. ONE THING IS, CLEAR WHETHER YOUR HOLIDAY PLANS INVOLVE HITTING THE ROAD, IT WILL FINALLY HAVE LOTS OF COMPANY THIS YEAR. WE HAVE MUCH MORE HERE AHEAD ON PRIME. THE OFFICIAL COUNT DOWN BEGINS FOR QUEEN ELIZABETH'S PLATINUM JUBILEE CELEBRATION. PLUS, TOP GUN RETURNS TO THE BIG SCREEN THIS WEEKEND. WILL IT BE THE SUMMER BLOCKBUSTER TO REVIVE THE BOX OFFICE? MY CONVERSATION WITH THE CREATOR OF A NEW COMEDY SERIES TAKING A LOOK AT HOW THE U.S. GOVERNMENT IMPACTS OUR EVERYDAY LIVES. A FIRST LOOK AT OUR TOP STORIES. ABC NEWS

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