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Death Note Is Just A Footnote In The Long History Of Hollywood Whitewashing!

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Netflix has been hit this past week with a one-two punch of controversy thanks to claims of white exceptionalism in Marvel's Iron Fist and now pure whitewashing in the first trailer for Death Note.

The manga adaptation changed Light Yagami to Light Turner in the American movie, leading many to once again voice their displeasure with Hollywood's lack of representation for Asians.

Some have argued this is not whitewashing but rather just another remake relocating the setting and thus the nationality of the characters, like Let Me In or Death At A Funeral in recent years — but come on. You couldn't have cast a young Asian American actor in the lead role, considering the source material?

Usually this kind of change is at least done to accommodate a movie star… but we're sorry, Nat Wolff is no Scarlett Johansson!

Maybe this is a good time for the filmmakers to look back on the limited amount of progress that has been made — to give us an idea of how much better we can do!

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A History Of Hollywood Whitewashing!

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The practice of casting white actors in racially diverse roles has a long and troubling history in Hollywood.

Sometimes talented actors have thought they could play any role (looking at you, Laurence Olivier and Meryl Streep). In other cases, studios have altered roles to accommodate bigger stars (sorry, Scarlett Johansson).

In the VERY worst cases, performers have been made up to play racial stereotypes. Mickey Rooney's role, for instance, makes the Audrey Hepburn classic Breakfast At Tiffany's unwatchable.

To see just a few examples of whitewashing through the years…

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11 Classic Films That Are Actually Horribly Offensive!

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The golden age of Hollywood has given us many classics that are still regarded as the finest pieces of cinema.

But under the microscope of the modern age, these acclaimed films would totally offend the masses if they were released today!

Gone with the Wind and Breakfast at Tiffany's are two of the most iconic films of all time, but both movies severely exploited racial stereotypes for plot points and laughs (Srsly, Mickey Rooney's impersonation of an Asian man is downright asinine).

And while audiences loved Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell's romantic comedy Overboard, the premise of the 1986 film is all kinds of f*cked up if you think about it!

For more movies that probably shouldn't ever get remade…

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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!

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Mickey Rooney's Family Fight Continues! More Legal Drama Spills Over To His Estate!

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Mickey Rooney has been barely laid to rest and there's already inter-family lawsuit brewing over the late great's estate!

We reported earlier how Mickey named his stepson Mark the sole inheritor of his estate, and had previously disowned his other children!

Now, looks like his other kids are trying to go to court over his fortune (or lack thereof…he only had $18,000 in his bank account when he died), as apparently Jan, his estranged wife, thinks his will was invalid because she claims he wasn't in the right state of mind when he wrote it.

Reportedly, his daughters Kimmy Sue and Kelly Ann are getting together a legal team to investigate whether or not there are any loopholes to his will.

According to a new report, his wife and other children feel like there is a considerable amount of money to be made in residuals. While they expect hundreds of thousands, according to Mickey's lawyer, the late actor only made $20 and $25,000 a year from residuals.

We just hope all this legal drama ends soon. We hate to see a family turn against itself over money.

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Mickey Rooney Was Nearly Broke When He Died But Could He Be Worth More Now?! Find Out How HERE

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This somber realization sounds straight out of a It's A Wonderful Life.

We reported earlier that Mickey Rooney only had about $18,000 when he died, but according to a source, he may be worth more dead than alive.

According to this insider, Mickey's stepson Mark could stand to make millions through endorsement deals:

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More Tragedy! Mickey Rooney's Estranged Wife & Stepson Not Allowed To Go To His Burial?!

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The details surrounding the funeral of Mickey Rooney just got even sadder.

We reported earlier how Mickey's estranged wife Jan caved on the issue against Mickey's lawyers on the place of his burial, opting to allow him to be buried in Hollywood Cemetery with other former celebs of yesteryear.

Jan wrote this statement on the subject:

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