John Oliver's Attack on Hollywood Whitewashing Is Both Sad and Hilarious

Jake Gyllenhaal as the Prince of Persia.
Jake Gyllenhaal as the Prince of Persia.

Sometimes you sit in front of your TV and realize you’re watching something important. It happens quite often on HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver and Sunday’s episode was no exception. In addition to an incendiary piece about abortion laws, Oliver attacked Hollywood whitewashing.


Whitewashing is when Hollywood casts a white actor in a role of a non-white character for no good reason. There are plenty of recent examples, but it’s been going on forever. We’ll let Oliver take over from here.

[Last Week Tonight]

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Craig Michael Ranapia

I love this, but yet again can we stop baking cookies for straight white guys (like Oliver, Colbert and Stewart) amusingly saying shit PoC, women, LGBT have been saying for years to mainstream indifference?