Ghost in Shell Whitewashing (1)

Hollywood Whitewashed Ghost In Shell Then Used CGI To Make Them More Asian

Despite dozens of Asian female actresses who would have been the perfect fit for Major Motoko Kusanagi in the film Ghost in Shell, but they cast the Danish-Polish actress Scarlett Johansson for the role. And after it was released that she was cast in the role, hundreds of fans across the world immediately screamed out in disdain and they even got a petition started to get Johansson out of the role. They currently have 88,416 supporters and need 90,000 to reach their goal. The film isn’t set to release until April 14, 2017.

Hollywood has had a tradition of casting white actors in non-white roles, Emma Stone in Aloha, Rooney Mara in Pan, and the entire Caucasian cast for Gods of Egypt. Guess what happened Hollywood? They all flopped. And yet, they continue to do it. Even the upcoming film, Doctor Strange has Tilda Swinton playing The Ancient One.

Going back to 1935, the film version of The Good Earth, decided to choose a Luise Rainer, in place of the a Chinese-American actress for the role of a Chinese woman. They put John Wayne as Genghis Khan in The Conqueror. Only 4.4% of all speaking roles in the top-grossing Hollywood films go to Asian actors. A recent study at UCLA found that only 10.5% of lead roles in Hollywood go to any minority actors.

Ming-Na Wen, an Asian-American actress, and geek already openly shamed Hollywood for this.

John Tsuei also commented on Twitter. The California-based comic book writer saw how Hollywood fails to see the issue and ignorance of Asian culture.

So how are the producers attempting to fix this problematic white washing?

They reportedly tested visual effects in an effort to make their actors appear more Asian for the film.  Paramount and Dreamworks commissioned visual effects to test Scarlett Johansson in post-production to “shift her ethnicity” to make the white actress look more Asian in the film. The tests were done by Lola VFX, the company that aged Brad Pitt in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

After word came out that Paramount Pictures was doing this they quickly refuted that Johansson was involved with a statement saying:

“A test was done related to a specific scene for a background actor which was ultimately discarded. Absolutely no visual effects tests were conducted on Scarlett’s character and we have no future plans to do so.”

Ghost in Shell Asian Actresses

Source: The Hyped Geek

Literally, WTF, Hollywood? Instead of attempting to cast an Asian actress, they decided to try to alter the physical appearance to look more Asian. Rink Kikuchi from Pacific Rim, Jamie Chung from Sucker Punch and Sin City: A Dame to Kill, Rila Fukushima from The Wolverine and Arrow, Bae Doona from Cloud Atlas, or even Maggie Q from Nikita.

I personally believe that some actors and actresses need to step back and rethink that they’re doing. Come on Johannson, if there was such a big pushback from fans of a film, would you want to be known as the person who ruined a potentially great movie? I feel like actors have a duty, not only to fans but to society to avoid taking the roles of minorities.

What do you all think about the whitewashing and CGI fiasco? Leave a comment.

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