A casting practice in the film industry of the United States in which white actors are cast in historically non-white character roles.
We have all come to recognise the increasing lack of racial representation in Hollywood, but we often forget to take into consideration the real toll it can take on people of colour. From LGBTQ+ people to those living with disabilities, this form of inequality works the same way for any marginalised group.
A video - produced by comedians Chewy May and Jes Tom - perfectly illustrates the harmful effects of whitewashing in our society. The 2-minute video centres around Ghost in the Shell; a film based on a Japanese anime series, starring Scarlett Johansson in the starring role. It doesn't make sense, does it? A white American portraying a Japanese character? There is no denying the impact this must have on Asian viewers.
Check out the video for yourself, and share your thoughts!