Media watchdog groups have sought more authentic portrayals on screen, grappling with casting decisions such as actor Johnny Depp as an Indian in The Lone Ranger (2013).  As U.S. films are promoted to more global markets, groups advocate for roles that represent the diversity of audiences looking for more authenticity. David White of SAG-AFTRA lamented the resistance of groups to hiring white actors in non-white roles: “The laws insist that one`s own race is not part of the qualifications for a job,” but he acknowledged that there was a lack of diversity in the roles available.  Law professor John Tehranian said, “Of course, there`s nothing wrong with casting race-inherently as long as it works both ways. But in reality, this has never been the case; For example, you rarely see an African-American, Latino or Asian actor as a white character.   In Shakespeare`s plays, however, black actors were cast in white roles for a while: see, for example, the 2022 production of Richard III starring Danai Gurira.  I can`t help but think that, among other things, a character`s personality, habits, and story should come first when choosing a character you can relate to, let alone choosing them as your favorite. Darwin Watterson, a character you refer to in your article, is a fish. Without any physical reference to race, Isaiah and his peer were both able to connect with the character, although they disagreed on something irrelevant to the nature of the series. How should this differ from human characters or actors? Diversity in the entertainment industry has been a hot topic for some time — Variety published essays in 1956 about the lack of black actors on television and on the big screen — but lately, the discussion has come to the fore. The coincidence of an all-white Oscar list with the casting of white actor Joseph Fiennes for the role of black musician Michael Jackson has led to new allegations of Hollywood whitewashing.
Think of it this way: aside from slavery, Harriet Tubman, Martin Luther King Jr., and Rosa Parks, what else did you learn about black history in school? If your answer is “not much”, then you are not alone, but you are part of a collective ignorance because of the lack of education. A 2015 study conducted by the National Museum of African American History and Culture in collaboration with Oberg Research found that, on average, only 8 to 9 percent of the time in U.S. history classes is specifically devoted to black history — and some states even neglect the subject altogether. (Although, ironically, black history is American history; a good memory, guys.) In addition, history textbooks and their contents vary from state to state, leaving plenty of room for misinformation and whitewashing. The feeling of whitewashing, which consists of trivializing, minimizing or erasing errors, problems or negative information, is used mainly in the context of official and corporate political communication intended to conceal scandalous information. Such words and deeds are intended to conceal (or conceal), not repair, mistakes and scandals – hence the metaphor. It can be said that things that have been whitewashed in this way have been swept under the rug (another expression based on a metaphor of hiding negative things). The pictorial senses of bleaching are usually used seriously and critically. So what is whitewashing and blackwashing? Well, whitewashing is the act of replacing an original character of color or minority group with a white character/person/actor.
This has been done several times in movies and TV shows. Blackwashing or racebending is the act of taking a character who is originally white and making him black or a person of color. There have been a lot of backlashes with whitewashing and blackwashing, with some arguments saying one is better than the other, and others saying they are both identical. What words share a root or word element with whitewash? The new meaning of bleaching usually uses the word white in reference to whites. The term refers to the long history of white actors hired because of racism in place of black actors and other actors of color, and the resulting lack of representation.