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John Oliver Reminds Us Just How Bad Hollywood's Whitewashing Problem Is On Last Week Tonight!

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Amid the #OscarsSoWhite controversy, Hollywood is being put under the microscope for its lack of minority roles!

And on Sunday's Last Week Tonight, John Oliver pointed out that even when the roles do call for non-white characters, sometimes they are still played by white actors!

In another installment of "How Is This Still A Thing?", the HBO host broke down the history of whitewashing in Hollywood, calling out films all the way from the '60s to 2016 for casting white actors to play minority characters!

Related: Emma Thompson Has A Violent Solution To #OscarsSoWhite!

The segment reminded us of Mickey Rooney's racially insensitive portrayal of a Japanese man in Breakfast at Tiffany's, all the way to Emma Stone playing a half-Chinese pilot in Aloha.

But that's not all — the clip also called out the lily white Jake Gyllenhaal's titular role in Prince of Persia: Sands Of Time.

Even newer epics like Exodus: Gods and Kings and Gods of Egypt (which is in theaters now) both had middle eastern gods, kings, and heroes being played by white actors — because producers said it would be impossible to finance otherwise!

Ch-ch-check out the funny — but sad — clip (below) to see just how bad this problem is!

[Image via Sony/HBO.]

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