Number one box office draw this weekend, is the movie “21″. It’s based on a true story of a group of MIT students who use their math skills to scam casinos and make lots of money. Unfortunately, it seems that the ringleaders of this scam were all Asian-Americans, but these three characters miraculously become white on the silver screen. Even worse, the students’ ethnicity was integral to their plans. They felt that young white guys blowing a million dollars at the casino would look suspicious, while rich Asian youths with money to burn would seem less so, due to stereotypes of rich foreign tourists. They were going touse these stereotypes to their advantage. Meaning that to the filmmakers actually had to change the plot of the film so that they could successfully whitewash the Asian characters. That’s how important it was to them to make sure the main characters were white.
Of course, this is because movie studio executives assume that the predominantly white American movie audience wants to see white people on screen instead of characters from other racial groups. Are they right to think this? Or can white audiences get behind films with casts where whites are a minority, or absent altogether?
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