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White people, be like Ed Skrein. Stop apologizing for a lack of diversity and do something about it

White people, be like Ed Skrein. Stop apologizing for a lack of diversity and do something about it

Yesterday, Ed Skrein made waves in Hollywood when he backed out of a role in the forthcoming “Hellboy” reboot. “I accepted the role unaware that the character in the original comics was of mixed Asian heritage,” Skrein wrote on Instagram. “It is clear that representing this character in a culturally accurate way holds significance for people, and that to neglect this responsibility would continue a worrying tendency to obscure ethnic minority stories and voices in the Arts.”

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Hollywood has produced film after film where white actors play characters of color, a practice critics refer to as “whitewashing.” Over the past few years, many...

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