Scarlett Johansson's latest live-action adaptation of Japanese
animated piece titled Ghost in the Shell, lands in a huge
controversy over race and ethnicity, due to its all-white
Media Action Network for Asian Americans, in short (MANAA) has
come out lashing at the lead casting of the film and termed it as
another instance of "Hollywood Whitewashing" as the characters
involved in the film was of Asian Origin.
Talking about the criticism, actress Scarlett Johansson said, "I
think this character is living a unique experience, in that she is
a human brain in an entirely machinate body."
"She's essentially identity-less. ... I would never attempt to
play a person of a different race, obviously. Hopefully, any
question that comes up of my casting will ... be answered by
audiences when they see the film." Scarlett Johansson stated
However, Robert Chan the MANAA President didn't look much
convinced by the statement issued by Johansson and said that it is
quite unfortunate that even Japanese characters are being played by
American actors and actresses.
"Apparently, in Hollywood, Japanese people can't play Japanese
people anymore," said Robert Chan.
"There's no reason why either Motoku or Hideo could not have
been portrayed by Japanese or Asian actors instead of Scarlett
Johansson and Michael Pitt. We don't even get to see what they
looked like in their original human identities - a further
whitewash." Chan explained.