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"Recently, Hollywood has come under some serious accusations of whitewashing. And not the kind of whitewashing that Tom Sawyer tricks others into doing for him.
For those unfamiliar with the term, “whitewashing” is the process of casting white Caucasian actors in roles that usually call for a different race.
In a recent example, the titular role in Jerry Bruckheimer’s “Prince of Persia” movie was not given to an Iranian actor. Which is confusing, because the nation of Iran is where the kingdom of Persia was in ancient times. Indeed, the role was not even given to someone of Middle Eastern descent at all.
It was given to Jake Gyllenhaal, a brown-haired, blue-eyed American of decidedly Swedish and Jewish descent. In a worse move, the reason for his different skin tone was shoehorned into a shoddy plot device. Sadly, the movie also failed to account for the female lead’s milky white skin in a desert nation. Perhaps the writers ran out of ideas and simply gave up.”