Super annoyed that in 2016, this is still happening with people of color. Stop erasing us…from our own stories!
The latest whitewash is occurring with the casting of actress Scarlett Johansson as the lead in the upcoming live-action adaptation of “Ghost in the Shell.” She is set to portray Major Motoko Kusanagi in a story that will be set in…Asia. This was announced way way back ago, but the images of Scarlett in full costume came out a few days ago and it definitely raises my eyebrow.
Below are a few round-up articles regarding this which helps illustrate why this is upsetting for it to be happening to Asians and all people of color. So, go forth, and gain an understanding of the issue and the history:
- The Mary Sue: First Look at Ghost in the Shell Reminds Us Hollywood Still Whitewashes Everything (via The Mary Jane)
- Vox: The Depressingly Long History Of Yellowface In Hollywood (via Digg)
- Hollywood Reporter: Why Did ‘Doctor Strange’ and ‘Ghost in the Shell’ Whitewash Their Asian Characters? (via Angry Asian Man)
- Business Insider: Why critics are calling the new Nina Simone biopic a racist disaster (via Business Insider)
- NY Times: Why Won’t Hollywood Cast Asian Actors? (via Jeff Yang)