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4. Mr. Yunioshi, ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s

They don’t come much whiter than Oscar winner Mickey Rooney. Yet, when the producers were adapting Truman Capote’s novella for the screen, they decided to cast the Irishman as a boisterous Japanese caricature. His skin was tinted yellow and he wore a prosthetic mouthpiece, in addition to adopting an over-the-top accent. For several years his “comedic turn” was praised by audiences. Since the 1990s though, the portrayal has drawn increasing criticism.


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