Whitewashing in movies
casting practice in the film industry in which white actors are cast in non-white roles
Whitewashing, in movies, is when a white actor plays a character who isn't white, when a character's race is changed to white from something else, or when someone changes a story so that people who are not white seem less important.
- In the 2013 movie The Lone Ranger, white actor Johnny Depp played an American Indian character.
- In the 2016 movie Doctor Strange, the character "The Ancient One" was changed from Asian to white so Tilda Swinton could play her.
- Many 20th century movies about cowboys show only white men. In real life, many cowboys were black or Latino.
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