Orientalism, Whitewashing, and Erasure: Hollywood’s Historic Problem With Asian People By Jessica Lachenal Apr 20th, 2016, 1:26 pm Hollywood has no idea what to do with Asian people. The controversy had enough of a legacy that John Oliver referenced it six years after the movie's release, saying in a segment on Hollywood whitewashing, "A white American with a … ‘The idea that it’s good business is a myth’ – why Hollywood whitewashing has become toxic Ed Skrein has resigned from a forthcoming Hellboy film in which he was cast as a … Hall, Afro-American Red Star, 6 Dec. 1997) This use of whitewashing began to take off in the late 1990s, as more people of color called out the television industry and Hollywood for their tendency to default to casting white actors. Anime classic Ghost In The Shell is set to get the remake treatment with a new trailer just released. So most of the examples below come from this category —if you dare, explore these 20 instances of variously egregious Hollywood whitewashing. For the purpose of this discussion, we can define whitewashing as the matter of casting white actors in non-white roles; a controversy for the fact that it fails to admit non-white actors into Hollywood’s fortress of whiteness, and the fact that it emboldens white people as … There are a number of examples to pick from, but here are the worst of the worst. With it, the subject of Hollywood ‘whitewashing’ characters for commercial purposes is back in sharp focus. Hollywood has been whitewashing (pun intended) history since movies were invented. For all Hollywood's progressive politics, its casting decisions look remarkably retrograde." NEW YORK --In one of the most exhaustive and damning reports on diversity in Hollywood, a new study finds that the films and television produced by major media companies are "whitewashed… Hollywood has a long and sordid history of whitewashing, dating back to the early days when, in movies like Birth of a … (Wiley A. Get ready to … The film was called out for its whitewashing both by the general public and the Media Action Network for Asian Americans. Whitewashing in movies and TV. Whitewashing in the film industry has been going on for many decades, and it seems as though it may never stop. In Hollywood, whitewashing, also known as racebending, is one of many longstanding traditions (here is a brief definition and 25 examples). Minorities are underrepresented when it comes to all aspects of Hollywood, such as acting, directing, and even producing.  In 2010, TheWrap ascribed the lack of racial diversity to institutional racism and a lack of bankable actors of color and that whitewashing in films like Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time and The Last Airbender aggravated the issue. The real-life "team" of students were primarily Asian American, but in the Hollywood adaption of their true story, the actors were cast as all white. The casting of Emma Stone for that specific role is a prime example of the whitewashing issue that we see in Hollywood today.