Scarlett Johansson and her new role in the ‘Ghost in the Shell’ caused the hot discussions, especially among the Asian fans. This version of the landmark Japanese anime film was criticised as none of a previous live-action movie. The Media Action Network for Asian Americans (MANAA) condemned the producers of the whitewashing. In other words, Scarlett Johansson is too white to play the role od Japanese fembot.
Scarlett Johansson has a lot to read now, her controversial appearing in the role of an Asian heroine named Motoko Kusanagi made a lot of noise in the world, especially, in the Asian press.
The controversy of the ‘Ghost in the Shell’ by Paramount and DreamWorks’ version of manga series is obvious for the Asian fans of Masamune Shirow’s novel. According to MANAA, producers whitewashed the heroine and this fact is just another example of Hollywood aggressive intervention into the national and cultural traditions.
Scarlett Johansson didn’t agree with critics
Ms Johansson didn’t agree with the critics’ point of view regarding the whitewashing. The Hollywood A-lister noted in ABC’s Good Morning America:
“I think this character is living a very 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.”
According to the actress, any question will be answered by the viewers when they see the ‘The Ghost in the shell’, indeed.