GHOST IN THE SHELL: Scarlett Johansson Responds to ‘Whitewashing’ Claims

There has been quite a bit of controversy in Hollywood lately – with many claiming that rather than casting minority actors/actresses for minority roles, studios just ‘whitewash’ them instead.

When Scarlett Johansson was cast in the upcoming Ghost In The Shell film, that criticism was no different.

There were even reports (that were denied by the studio) that CGI enhancements were made to make the actress appear to be ‘more Asian’.

Well, now, Johansson has decided to speak out on the whitewashing claims, saying the following:

“I certainly would never presume to play another race of a person. Diversity is important in Hollywood, and I would never want to feel like I was playing a character that was offensive.”

She added:

“Having a franchise with a female protagonist driving it is such a rare opportunity,” she said. “Certainly, I feel the enormous pressure of that – the weight of such a big property on my shoulders.”

Source: Marie Claire 

What do you think of the controversy? Be sure to sound off in the comment section below!

  • Jeff Martin

    guess she has never seen the movie

  • Bennett Campbell

    “Having a franchise with a female protagonist driving it is such a rare opportunity,” – you know what is more rare and diverse… Having an Asian female lead. If you pride your motives on diversity, you could have passed it, it’s not like she needed the money.

  • Bruce MacLachlan

    Er, did the Major look even remotely asian? Look at the garbage men, look at anyone in the original Manga film!?! With the extreme level of animation detail Ghost in the Shell deployed, could any cast member be anymore western?

    • Diclonius Franbunny

      Yes Matoko looked pretty asian. If you take a look at actual japanese women’s faces, makoto has a pretty asian face. The non asian part is her Eyes are blueish purple. Result of cybernetics really.