Hollywood must fall back on capitalism to explain ‘whitewashing,’ Scarlett Johansson as Asian

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The makers of the film “Ghost in the Shell,” the live-action adaptation of the popular anime series, are under fire for casting Scarlett Johansson in the lead role instead of an Asian actress.

Johansson plays Major Motoko Kusanagi in the film set for release on March 31, 2017.

Paramount Pictures released a still of the actress in the role, which resulted in social justice warriors accusing the movie industry of “whitewashing.”

Ghost in the Shell
IMAGE: PARAMOUNT PICTURES

Helping lead the charge was actress Ming-Na Wen, who stars on Marvel’s “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” No shrinking violet, Wen was not shy about using the term “whitewashing” in a comment on Twitter:

The delicious irony here is that American Ultra writer and online personality Max Landis resorts to capitalism to defend the movie industry here — the same movie industry that’s otherwise preoccupied with lecturing America on left-wing social mores while backing anti-capitalist, progressive Democrats.

Landis laments that the choice of Johansson is due to there being no “marketable” Asian actresses that fit the role, being that the movie industry is appropriate for the role, Mashable reported.

“[Whitewashing] is not the fault of the movie industry, really,” he said. “That’s culture and movies getting more afraid because movies make less and less money.”

Landis “white-splains” the lack of diversity in the video below, if you can get past the desperately bizarre, attention seeking haircut.

*Caution: Strong Language

As for the aforementioned reaction to Johansson being cast in the movie, actress Rinko Kikuchi’s name came up often. Here’s a sampling of responses from Twitter:

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Tom Tillison

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