BTS Ghost in the Shell ScarlettJohansson VFX

More Asian!

ghost in the shell scarlett johansson

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