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Great Job, Internet!: The real West wasn’t as white as movies made it out to be

There’s a new version of The Magnificent Seven currently in theaters, this time directed by Antoine Fuqua and starring Denzel Washington. The film’s racially diverse cast, a distinct departure from the white-dominated 1960 version directed by John Sturges, has garnered a great deal of attention, with some accusing Fuqua of politically correct pandering or even tokenism. But in an eye-opening new article for The Atlantic entitled “How Hollywood Whitewashed The Old West,” writer Leah Williams reveals that this new Magnificent Seven may actually present a much more accurate version of America’s frontier past than its predecessor ever did.
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