‘Lilo & Stitch’ Actor FIRED for Racial Slurs, Replacement Is “Real Life David”

Kaipo Dudoit replaces K Machado as David in Lilo & Stitch Live action remake

The new live-action Disney movie Lilo & Stitch hasn’t even started filming yet and it’s already been plagued by controversy. The casting process can be very difficult. Sifting through thousands of actors, auditioning hundreds, narrowing the number down, and finally making a cast decision is not even half the battle. Once that person’s name is released to the public, the internet is bound to tear them apart.

Lilo & Stitch record player


The live-action Lilo & Stitch remake has already been criticized for its white-washing of main characters. Specifically, Sydney Agudong who will play Lilo Pelekai’s older sister and caretaker Nani Pelekai, and Kahiau Machado as her love interest, David came under intense fire. Whether Agudong is of Hawaiian descent or, as the Hollywood Reporter published, born and raised on the island of Kauai, is still up for debate.

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Sydney Agudong cast as Nani in Disney Lilo & Stitch

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On the other hand, Kahiau Machado ethnic background became a small matter once internet sleuths quickly uncovered his use of the ‘N’ word on a Spotify playlist. There was immediate backlash to him being “light-skinned,” but the racial slur on social media was totally unacceptable.

Turns out Disney Casting is listening. While the Walt Disney Company has not responded to white-washing accusations, they did fire Kahiau Machado pretty promptly after the discovery.

Kaipo Dudoit Hawaii Tattoo

Kaipo Dudoit

Congratulations, Kaipo Dudoit! Kaipo Dudoit was announced as Disney’s replacement David in the new movie, and it looks like it will be his big acting break if he can hold on to the part.

Some social media users wrongly assumed that Disney recast Kahiau Machado because of the internet backlash, but most are just happy that Kaipo Dudoit seems to resemble the animated character from the original. Some even argued that he should have been cast in the first place and not been the second choice.

Can you believe Kaipo Dudoit was NOT Disney’s first choice to play David Kawena in #LiloAndStitch??? The dude is practically a real life David.

As far as the other Lilo & Stitch casting: newcomer Maia Kealoha will play 6-year-old live-action Lilo, and Zach Galifianakis is also signed on. The live-action remake will stream on Disney Plus at a future unknown date.

About Lana Porter

Lana has never lost a Disney Trivia night. Maybe it’s the hundreds of times she’s been to Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, her love for Disney’s ’90’s era hand-animated musicals, or the fact that she’s often likened to cartoon characters, but Disney and its magic have a special place in her heart. Her favorite Disney experiences include the EPCOT Food and Wine Festival, eating Mickey Bars on the PeopleMover, and crying during the Magic Kingdom fireworks show. One day she hopes to be chosen as the rebel spy on Star Tours. When Lana isn’t Park Hopping, she’s at home reading books of all topics, watching her favs on Disney+, or snuggling her two cats, which she swears are not named after Disney characters. She loves surprising people with her knowledge of the Marvel Cinematic Universe but admits she is still catching up with Star Wars. She is happy to combine her excitement for writing with her love for Disney-style storytelling and share what she can with the world!