Here is a link to an article discussing the controversy if you want more information.
So I just wanted to comment on this controversy as I keep seeing it in the news.I just want to talk about the controversy in the new hollywood remake movie for Ghost in the Shell. This is a live action remake of the anime. First of all I have not watched the anime but this does make me want to watch it. It is one of the most popular anime’s ever and the producers have cast Scarlett Johnansson as Major Motoko Kusanagi who is Japanese in the story. They even considered thinking of digitally altering her to look more Asian, apparently this isn’t true but who really knows. As an Asian actor in America I could not imagine how frustrating it is, the few roles that even have Japanese characters are not even given to you. I just think this is crazy after all that has happened at the Oscars with the boycott because of the lack of roles and oscar nominations for African Americans and other races. For some reason they only focused on African Americans where meanwhile Asians were not even given a mention. Here is a movie where they could help change the way people see Asians by making an amazing anime and making it authentic and they instead dismiss this chance and give the role to white person again.
I think the main problems with this is because it has happened so many times before where movies just cast white people as other races, and frankly it is disrespectful and it has never helped a movie before. It becomes a joke and no one takes it seriously. I really hope the director changes his mind and casts someone that is better suited for the role.