Despite being a topic that is discussed with more frequency today, whitewashing is a recurring problem that has existed in Hollywood for decades. Whitewashing is when a white actor is cast to play the role of a traditionally nonwhite character. In the 20th century, white actors often wore blackface or yellowface as a means to portray black or Asian characters, respectively. Given the controversy surrounding methods such as blackface or yellowface, directors who cast white actors in these roles now disregard the traditional race entirely. Both methods are wholly wrong and it disturbs me that despite blackface and yellowface losing their prominence, Hollywood and our society deem it better to disregard canon identity in literature when the method perpetuates the issue.

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