A new movie staring Bradley Cooper and a version of Hawaii seemingly populated only by white people has brought "whitewashing" back to the forefront.

If you're unfamiliar, whitewashing occurs when a play or movie is set in a place with a rich culture, but most (if not all) of the main characters in it are white.

This is an issue because it robs people of their culture and gives it to people who are not from that place. Essentially, it's appropriation and it's wrong.


Not only does it make for a bad movie, but it doesn't seem to make business sense either.

Unfortunately, this kind of thing happens in Hollywood all the time. Recent examples include "The Last Airbender," "Oldboy," "The Lone Ranger," "Dragonball Evolution," and "Cloud Atlas" to name a few. And most of 'em tend to fail miserably at the box office.

Hopefully, Hollywood will learn that lesson soon.

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In one of the most glaringly hypocritical moves in recent history, the band formerly known as Lady Antebellum is suing black blues singer Anita "Lady A" White, to use her stage name she's performed under for over three decades.

Lady Antebellum announced it had changed its name to Lady A on June 11 as part of its commitment to "examining our individual and collective impact and marking the necessary changes to practice antiracism."

Antebellum refers to an era in the American south before the civil war when black people were held as slaves.

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