Suzanne Malveaux interviews actor and comedian Aasif Mandvi of “The Daily Show” on the “Whitewashing” of Hollywood and casting white actors in non-white roles.

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42 thoughts on “Whitewashing Hollywood, Aasif Mandvi Interview with Suzanne Malveaux (May 16, 2012)

  1. But since when jews( Cohen and other british actor, forgot his name) are became a white? That's a bs. Genetically they belong to black race. Probably Asaf Mandvi didn't want to be accused of antisemitism? -))

  2. its hilarious when white people try to spin shit to deflect the fact that hollywood is a racist hell hole….

  3. No one ever complains about the reverse……. Idris Elba in Thor, Ricardo Montalbaan as Mr Roarke, Lucy Liu in both Charlies Angels and Elementary. And I could think of many more.

  4. SUZANNE BRITNEY AND LINDSAY HAVE BEEN THROUGH SOME THINGS…YOU REALLY HAVENT…BUT WHAT I KNOW AND UNDERSTAND YOUR HEART LONGS FOR A MAN…YOU JUST HIDE IT DEEP DOWN INSIDE….TALK WITH LINDSAY AND BRITNEY SUZANNE MALVEAUX PLEASE

  5. SUZANNE BRITNEY SPEARS AND LINDSAY LOHAN…AS PRETTY GIRLS THEIR LIFE IS GRAVY…THEY MUST LEARN AND UNDERSTAND IN ADDITION RESPECT YOU AS A WOMAN OF COLOR… AND…TO ME… YOUR MORE ATTRACTIVE THAN THEM TOO

  6. SUZANNE ITS NOT HEALTHY TO GO LONG WITHOUT A MAN WHO LOVES YOU…CALL BRITNEY SPEARS AND LINDSAY LOHAN TO DISCUSS….THE CIRCLE HAS BEEN KOMPLETE

  7. SUZANNE YOU UNDERSTAND WHAT I MEAN ABOUT WHITE SOCIETY BEING THE STANDARD,,, BECAUSE SUZANNE YOUR WAY ABOVE THAT STANDARD ITSELF

  8. SUZANNE THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS WHITE WASHING…WHITE SOCIETY IS THE STANDARD OF WHICH WE LIVE…. THE MOVIES THAT YOU MAKE CANT BE PERFECT AND WONT BE ACCEPTED AND LIKE BY EVERYBODY… FOR SOMEONE WHO IS A MINORITY YOU HAVE TO LOOK AT MOVIES AND TV LIKE THE BIG PICTURE…THERE IS NO GETTING AROUND WHITE WASHING…THERE IS JUST THE STANDARD AND YOU HAVE TO DO YOUR BEST TO DEAL WITH IT

  9. The medium-skinned guy cast to play the role of a pale-skinned guy has an issue with pale-skinned people being cast for medium-light-skinned roles.

  10. "Why do you think this is still happening in Hollywood?  He mentioned a "mindset"  well what kind of mindset is it?  It's one of white supremacy of course but he was too chicken shit to say it.  You can't sit on the fence man.

  11. Amazing how she DIRECTLY contributed the EXACT idea the segment was about. She catagorized him as the brown rep. Regardless of his role on the show, this to me was obviously a very important presentation for her to label him 2 TIMES as the brown correspondent. She just reconfirmed that it is important to segment and draw these lines, which is what compartmentalizes for the viewer and makes sure there is no even playing field. AMAZING. If you don't see it, sadly, you don't see the true.

  12. the protagonist should reflect the roots of the movie i.e. who is making it, where it is being being, the story's basis, etc. if it is European (white) people making the film and the good guy is European, it makes sense. if the market disagrees, the producers should act according to what they think their interests are. the ethnic demographic may have changed over 50 years. but the movie industry, just like most other things in the country, have been developed and run by Europeans. what i'm against is vilifying cultures and religions as "un-US" 

  13. Was is me or did that woman, absolutely despise him?? I mean everything she said sounded as if it was forced out from gritted teeth or something! 

  14. I know he wasn't calling anyone racist but just generally the way people talk about this issue is insufferable. Always someone getting mad that there aren't enough black/Asian/Native American characters as if this is an outrage and we should be disgusted by how racist we all are.

    It's all perfectly ok for black kids to prefer black characters or identify more with them but when it's white people identifying more with white characters DATS RACISS. The mind-blowingly ironic thing about all of this is that the thought behind this is itself a hypocritical double standard. We should have more black/Indian/Asian etc. characters because people identify more with characters of their own race but we should have fewer white characters because it's racist to prefer characters of your own race.

  15. aasif mandvi accent is soo strange some of his English Bradford accent and then mostly american! so weird

  16. In some big productions there's a case to answer (Yes, "Earthsea" was a perfect example), although sometimes it happens in reverse, eg. the bad guy in "Daredevil".

    But Alladeen? Come on. That's not whitewashing, it's Cohen's schtick. Do you want a "real black man" to be Ali G? How about a "real gay man" as Bruno? A "real Kazakhstani" as Borat maybe? Silliness. This is what Cohen does. Love it or loathe it, you couldn't get anyone else to do it.

  17. "Prince of Persia" "the Last Airbender" any film with Moses, Jesus, and any Israelite depicted in it. Payback is a bee though because look at what happened to Movies like "Thor", and how Marvel changed the Nick Fury Ethnicity.

  18. Sacha Baron Cohen is middle eastern/Jewish anyway, so why did they use him as an example of whitewashing? Pretty silly mistake if you ask me.

  19. I don't know, I think Dev did a great job but I had a lot of friends who were very upset about it and hate the film. I didn't get it until they showed me the show and I was like, Damn that's terrible!

  20. Yeah, I thought having the brown people as the fire nation was *okay* but only cuz the actors were decent. Dev Patel did a pretty convincing Zuko. The others just sucked horribly.

  21. Alright, first I love him as a comedian, Daily Show is super funny, but wasn't he in the Last Air Bender? That movie was COMPLETELY whitewashed to make the villains poc and the good guys white! Take a look that shit is real!

  22. So Jews only want Jews in Hollywood but they got Travolta, Lee, Brando, and countless others. If that's the Hollywood fantasy then I say bring it on.

  23. I never said that white people can't cast whoever they want. But if that's how Hollywood wants to roll and continually marginalize people of color when it comes to media representation just like they have for their entire history, then people will continue to criticize that practice and hit them in the pocket where it hurts. Hollywood can do what it wants as long as we have the right to call them out for it, fair is fair.

  24. "I missed the part where white people created everything in the world"

    Strawman.

    And it's funny because Sacha Baron Cohen having the lead role in The Dictator is used as an example of 'whitewashing'… but… Sacha Baron Cohen isn't white. lol

    The Hunger Games is an example used by the man in this video. The Hunger Games was created by white people.

    The fact remains – white people create these FILMS. They can cast whoever they like.

  25. By white people you mean in the case of Last Airbender when everything interesting about the show was taken directly from Asian culture, where the creators of the show went to Asia to do meticulous research through out the show? I missed the part where white people created everything in the world and therefore feel no need to recognize anyone else's contributions to history, art, and culture.

  26. And to whine about 'whitewashing' when it's white people who created the story in the first place is laughable.

  27. Aasif is a colored actor playing a colored character, the fault does not lie with him when it comes to the Last Airbender situation.

  28. Yes, white people can cast whoever they want in their films, and we can call it whitewashing unless they cast people of color for characters of color.

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