Essay on Analysis Of The Movie ' Cleopatra '

1168 Words Oct 16th, 2016 5 Pages
Unlike white Caucasian actors, the number of roles which are available for ethnic minorities are low. A study conducted by University of Southern California’s Annenberg School of Communication shows that black actors occupy 12.5%, while Asian and Hispanic hold only 5.3% and 4.9% respectively for roles in top 100 films in 2014. However, the existence of these roles is likely to be the secondary characters or to merely diversify the movies. Recalling two popular sitcoms in the late 90s and 00s, “Friends” and “How I Met Your Mother” both took place in New York – The crowded city with a high rate of visible minorities – but the main cast for two shows are both white. Although there is a range of originated ethnic characters in the scripts, most all them are in the hands of Caucasians in movies nevertheless. Whitewashing is surprisingly common among well-known movies. Despite the controversy caused by whitewashing, directors still prefer to do it instead of casting actors from the particular ethnicities. The historical epic movie Cleopatra (1963) may rocket the fame of Elizabeth Taylor but it cannot deny the fact that a white woman portrayed an Egyptian woman. Ghost in the Shell (2017), likewise, is raising many unpleasant opinions about how Scarlett Johansson is casted as a Japanese character instead of a Japanese or at least an East Asian woman.
Apart from whitewashing, yellow face is another form of casting avoidance which targets East Asian actors. By applying facial makeup…

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