The internet is ablaze with criticisms with the first reveal that Scarlett Johansson is playing “Motoko Kusanagi”, the Japanese character/lead from cult classic Japanese Anime/Manga Ghost in the Shell. The casting of Scarlett Johansson highlights the continued whitewashing of roles in movies like The Last Airbender, Aloha *ahem Emma Stone is Half Japanese?*, The Lone Ranger and Prince of Persia.
It was rumoured that behind the scenes VFX tests were undertaken to make Scar Jo mo asian. The guys from Rocketjump has made a pretty funny video that makes fun of the issue with classic signature “asian” elements. At least they didn’t apply liberal amounts of bronzer. GG Rocket Jump
LA times has a pretty great article about the white washing/Racial Erasure problem here