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Actress Issa Rae Got Twitter To Reverse Whitewash Classic Films and TV

We all still want Idris Elba as Bond

If you're feeling bummed out by #OscarsSoWhite and the attendant foolishness from white celebrities, it's good to know that we can count on Twitter to get things right when Hollywood gets them wrong.

Paper's favorite Awkward Black Girl, Issa Rae, posed a challenge to her followers: reverse-whitewash a classic film or TV role by dream casting your favorite actor of color. The responses were swift, numerous, and occasionally brilliant.

Some of the participants fantasized about alternate versions of classics.

Others took the chance to throw some shade at notoriously homogenous works.

The most exciting ones, though, offered spot-on suggestions for potential continuing series or reboots.

Listen up, Hollywood: the rest of the world is ready for real diversity onscreen. It's time to catch up.

Splash photo by Christopher Dibble

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