Thousands signed petition to keep Scarlett Johansson off of Ghost in the Shell movie

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When it was announced that Scarlett Johansson (The Avengers) was going to be the lead in DreamWork’s live-action Ghost in the Shell movie from director Rupert Sanders (Snow White and the Huntsman), fans were really angry. The manga and anime took place in Japan with Japanese characters, so it shouldn’t be surprising to see purists getting pissed at Hollywood for changing the lead Japanese character, Major Kusanagi, into a white character. Over 13,000 fans have signed a petition asking DreamWorks to stop it with the whitewashing of Asian characters. It’s easily going to reach its goal of 14,000 signatures; however, I doubt it will influence the studio from hiring a new and different actress for the part.

“What concerns me is the fact that minority actors are so rarely given opportunities in big-budget leading roles,” says Care2 petition author Julie Rodriguez. “It’s a self-defeating cycle: Hollywood insists viewers won’t be drawn unknown minority actors, but they’re never given the chance to break out of a narrow set of background roles to prove themselves. Ghost in the Shell could have been a perfect opportunity to buck this trend, but instead promising actresses are being passed over.”

Other recent Hollywood films guilty of casting white actors for minority roles include Exodus: Gods and Kings and Pan. In Exodus: Gods and Kings, the main Egyptians were played by white actor. This led to many protesting, with some even saying director Ridley Scott is racist. In Pan, Native American character Tiger Lily will be portrayed by white actress Rooney Mara. The controversial casting also had a petition as well.

Do you think fans are overreacting, or do you think it’s warranted?

Source: Care2

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