Watch John Oliver Target Hollywood Whitewashing


Comedian and television host John Oliver has targeted an issue that has been in the spotlight quite a lot of late: Hollywood whitewashing.

During a recent “How Is This Still a Thing?” segment on HBO’s Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, Hollywood’s history of placing Caucasian actors and actresses in roles far removed from their race and culture is focused on in insightful and amusing fashion.

Examples put forth include Jake Gyllenhaal playing the titular Prince of Persia, Marlon Brandon in The Teahouse of the August Moon, John Wayne in The Conquerer and Christian Bale and Joel Edgerton playing Moses and Ramses respectively in Exodus: Gods and Kings.

As the 88th Academy Awards near with an unfortunate #OscarsSoWhite cloud overhead, there’s no better time for Oliver to deliver such a report.


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