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A Preview of Hollywood Whitewashing

This wouldn't be the first time they've done it.


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A Preview of Hollywood Whitewashing
The first official still of Scarlett Johansson in 'Ghost in the Shell' (Image: Warner Bros Pictures)
The live action adaptation of Japanese anime, Ghost in the Shell, recently released the first official image of Scarlett Johansson, who plays the lead character believed to be inspired by Motoko Kusanagi. The online reaction hasn't been pleasant: 

The term to describe this move is "whitewashing" (casting white actors in non-white character roles) and there has been many calls for Hollywood to stop overlooking actors based on their race. 

Sadly, this isn’t the first time that Asian characters are completely Westernised and replaced by white actors and actresses. Take a look at some below:

Avatar: The Last Airbender movie cast white actors for its main leads


The lead characters were originally people of colour, but were played by white actors. (Image: www.the-artiface.com)

Emma Stone as Allison Ng in Aloha, who's supposed to be of Chinese and Hawaiian descent


Which part of Emma Stone is Asian...? (Image: www.popsugar.com)

Justin Chatwin as Goku in Dragonball: Evolution

We doubt any Dragon Ball fans would acknowledge this movie's existence. (Image: www.wikipedia.com)

Rooney Mara as Tiger Lily in Pan

The original Tiger Lily (Image: www.themarysue.com)
Image: www.usatoday.com

Jim Sturgess as Hae-Joo Chang in Cloud Atlas

Hollywood tried some bomoh magic to turn Jim Sturgess into an Asian (Image: www.complex.com)

Anyway, we hope that this ridiculous tradition goes away for good, and that the movie industry stop turning the other way when it comes to representing actors of colour. 

We recommend watching John Oliver's commentary on whitewashing to understand more about the issue (and get some laughs from it).


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