• Wed, Jul 7 2010

If You Cast White Actors as Non-White Characters, There Will Always Be a Need for Fake Tans

Mickey Rooney famously racists it up in "Breakfast at Tiffany's"

Is Hollywood’s tendency to cast white actors in nonwhite roles (cough cough Jake Gyllenhaal in Prince of Persia) not actually about racism but about wanting to keep the spray tan industry in business? I mean, the casts of Dancing with the Stars and The Real World alone are helping keep the industry afloat, but forcing Hollywood studios to pay outrageous prices to keep their performers a nice healthy fake brown color is actually brilliant. The blog The Kartel has a great list of actors who have done “brownface” as evidence.

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