Left: Roberto da Costa in New Mutants Annual #1 (1984); Right: Henry Zaga in The New Mutants (2020)

Hollywood whitewashing comes in a variety of forms in cinema. Most commonly the term is used when a film adaptation of pre-existing media casts a white actor to play a character who is described and/or shown to be a person of colour, thus erasing the already miniscule representation of non-white characters in fiction. (Sometimes it is not even fiction, like all the occasions white actors have played historical figures of colour in film.) Whitewashing can also, however, be used to describe the exclusion of POC entirely from a setting where they ought to be in. …


An in-depth examination of the extensive parallels between the fictional race of elves in BioWare’s Dragon Age franchise, and real life Indigenous peoples.

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The CBC/Netflix period drama Anne with an E has been cancelled after the introduction of an Indigenous storyline, featuring a Mi’kmaw family living outside the fictional P.E.I. community of Avonlea.

[Warning: minor/vague spoilers for Anne with an E]

Kiawenti:io Tarbell, Brandon Oakes, Dana Jeffry and Lucas Jade Zumann as Ka’kwet, Aluk, Oqwatnuk and Gilbert in Anne with an E.

I started watching Anne with an E — colloquially known simply as Anne — after being informed the show was adding Mi’kmaw characters to cast in the third season. The knowledge I had going in was limited to “that’s the show based on Anne of Green Gables.” The one and only reason I started watching was because as a Mi’kmaw person, I had never in my life seen my people on a mainstream television show before. …

Kispesan

An Oversensitive™ biracial lesbian from Mi'kma'ki.

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