Post #3: Whitewashing in Hollywood- Emmanuel Tuyishime

December 18, 2019 at 6:46 am Leave a comment

Red: White

Blue: Black

Purple: Asian

Orange: Hispanic

Green: Other


Graph representing race and ethnicity of actors/actresses cast in Hollywood from 2007 to 2014. Courtesy of PBS. (

Asians are cast more than 80% less than white people are. Surprisingly though, this does not necessarily mean that movies being produced don’t have Asian parts in them. These parts are usually given to white actors. Wikipedia reports 16 movies produced in the 21st century that have white actors playing asian roles. Even more recently in 2017, Scarlett Johansson was cast as Motoko Kusanagi in Ghost in the Shell.

What makes white washing in today’s Hollywood worse, I think, is the ironic position most of these stars take as progressive liberals and yet still engage in such activities. In the last two years, the film industry has been labeled progressive, especially with the rise of female actresses (equal pay & the MeToo movement). It is deeply sad that these same people can endorse and participate in the continued marginalization of Asian and other People of color actors/actresses.

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