Whitewashing: Racial Discrimination In Film

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Since Hollywood continues to whitewash their film, it prevents POC actors and actresses from rising above the ladder. In order them to become recognizable and successful they need to be given the chance to actually put their names out there. This way, movie makers have more choices to pick from and can make their movies more diverse. Even if the films are fantasy or fake, realism in some way, still needs to be a factor. To cut out that aspect is not only lazy but damaging. This sends a message to viewer that the only important and irreplaceable people are those of white descent. The old Hollywood had a lot of discrimination so there were more Caucasian actors then those who were not. This made the industry predominantly white and the selection for casting small. So the norm for casting white actors in place of ethnic actors is still going on even though it isn’t…show more content…
Claiming that it is hard to find the right person for the part should not be as difficult as they say. Whitewashing is very obvious in the adapted live action movie Ghost in the Shell by Masamune Shirow. The original is a Japanese anime, centered around Major Motoko Kusanagi. Although she is a cyborg, her appearance is of a Japanese woman but in the new live action film, Motoko Kusanagi is going to be played by Scarlet Johansson. The producers do not seem to think this is a problem and they believe it will do well despite the backlash from fans and Asian American actresses (Ledbetter). A producer from the film believes that the story is not solely centered around the Japanese but the world, so having a white actor play the part should not be a big deal. They were even thinking about changing the character’s name from Motoko Kusanagi to the Major, thus erasing her Japanese background. It’s like the Hollywood film industry is saying that they like the stories that people of color make but not the people

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