Since the civil rights movements, organizations have moved towards elimination of discrimination in hiring practices. Even though discriminations still happens in all forms and shapes, there are laws against hiring based on race or place of origin. But such laws do not apply to Hollywood when hiring actors for film or television. In fact, roles are casted based on race, color of skin, height and other features. There is no such thing as race neutrality in Hollywood. When casting directors are seeking actors for roles, they specifically request white, black, Indian, Middle Eastern, etc.
Darker complexions have generally been casted for the villain roles. In recent years there have been some exceptions with some black stars, such as Will Smith, Denzel Washington, Morgan Freeman, Jamie Foxx, Don Cheadle, Oprah Winfrey and Halle Berry, playing more pleasant roles, although even the good roles they are casted for still portrays the stereotypes and racial differentiations. But the favorites and the good guys are always played by the European descent actors lead by stars such as Tom Cruise, Brad Pit, Angelina Jolie, or even mediocre actors like Jennifer Aniston, and many of the British or Australian actors. Even when they play the villain characters, the roles are usually the “cool” bad boys or girls that will make the actors who play them even more popular, as it is the case in real life!
In recent years the honor of playing major villains has been shifted to Arabs and darker complexion Arab lookalikes. And of course making fun of Indians, Asians, Latinos and other “non-whites” people, has always been part of Hollywood films, TV series and sitcoms.
Hollywood plays a huge role in influencing people’s opinion and points of view, through all forms of media. By continuing to be racially insensitive, differentiate or even ridicule people of various non-European origins, Hollywood contributes to promotion of racism, stereotyping and racial profiling.
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