A recent revival of the much loved 80's show Monkey has been mired with claims of whitewashing. The director of the new show has responded to the whitewashing claims saying that the cast is really diverse, with more than half of them being non-European including people that are Chinese-Thai, South Korean, Maori, and Tongan. Of the four main leads, Luciane Buchanan and Josh Thomson both have Tongan heritage while Hansen is Australian-Thai-Chinese and half of the main characters are now female leads. The New Legends of Monkey is set in a world in which the demons have ruled the realm for centuries and hope is starting to fade of a better time. The New Legends of Monkey airs on ABC ME from Sunday January 28 2018.