Dev Patel is a British-born Hindu actor who became famous for his role in the film Slumdog Millionaire. While obviously of non-white background, Patel is portraying the title character in a new film adaptation of David Copperfield (pictured above).
A recent article now reports that he is also in talks to star in an upcoming film adaptation of Sir Gawain and the Green Night:
“Oscar nominee Dev Patel is in talks to star in A24’s Green Knight, a fantasy epic retelling of the medieval tale of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight…
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is one of the most famous tales in early English literature. As the story goes, chivalrous and loyal Sir Gawain, a knight of King Arthur’s Round Table, accepts the challenge of beheading the Green Knight and must wait a year and a day to receive a blow in return. In the end, it was a test of his loyalty to the king.”
There has been much complaining in the liberal media in recent years about alleged problem of “whitewashing,” the phenomenon of white actors portraying characters in film who were colored in the original story. Of course there are no similar complaints in cases of “brownwashing,” even though brownwashing is generally much more deliberate and devious. Whitewashing can occur simply out of a desire to cast a more famous or more attractive actor in a role, while brownwashing always has political and cultural implications.
The case of Patel is particularly egregious because he is being used to brownwash two of the most iconic British cultural products: the work of Charles Dickens and Arthurian Legend. These stories are not simple pop-culture creations. They are a fundamental part of British artistic and literary identity. The casting of Patel in these roles is part of an effort to erase true British heritage and to replace it with a multi-racial fantasy. The presentation of this fantasy on screen helps to normalize a post-white Britain in the minds of the masses.