Why ‘Overlord’ Blackwashes History

While the J.J. Abram-produced war film Overlord is sleekly produced, it has a shameless reverse-racism at its core. Hollywood has a bad habit of “whitewashing,” the practice of casting a white actor in a role that was a person of color in the source material. A prime example is casting Scarlett Johansson as a Japanese woman in Ghost in the Shell (2017.) But in Overlord we have “blackwashing”, via casting Bokeem Woodbine and…

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Eric Coyote

Eric Coyote

Filmmaker Eric Coyote earned his Master‘s degree in critical theory from the University of Southern California. He writes about movies, Hollywood, and culture.