Recently there’s been plenty of talk about the live action movie adaptation of “Ghost in the shell”, the 1989 manga by Masamune Shirow, which inspired the critically acclaimed adult anime movie “Ghost in the shell” in 1995, as well as a direct sequel called “Innocence”, a two season anime series called “Ghost in the shell: Stand alone complex” as well as a made-for-TV OVA, and recently an OVA trilogy called “Arise”.
The controversy came when American, Caucasian, Polish/Russian Ashkenazi Jew, White, Not “colored” cis-woman, Scarlett Johansson was chosen to play the lead role of Motoko Kusanagi, the heroine of the franchise. Motoko is a strong, resourceful woman, described as a “stunning example of a strong female character that didn’t need to have her feminism make a statement”.
Many in the SJW and “geek” community thought that casting a Caucasian woman in the role that “so obviously” called for a Mongoloid woman (I mean, Motoko Kusanagi sounds pretty ethnic) was just another example of “Hollywood’s white washing”, and they thought maybe someone else such as Ming Na, Jamie Chung or the Japanese actress Rinko Kikuchi, and even one of those actresses, Ming Na, tweeted complaining about the supposed white washing.
All these complains from casually opinionated people make it clear they never read the manga, watched the movies, the anime, or the recent OVAs. Why? Because if they did, they would know that Motoko is a cyborg, and only a part of her brain remains from her original body, she has changed bodies several times, and her current body is caucasoid, a mass produced face/body with special upgrades for her role as detective. The character’s creator, Shirow, said that the Motoko’s appearance was supposed to be a mass production model so she would not be conspicuous. Her electrical and mechanical system within is special, and features parts unavailable on the civilian market.
This becomes quite conspicuous when in the original movie (1995) the antagonist of the story, Puppet Master, also known as “Project 2501”, a self-aware AI with incredible hacking skills, acquired through navigating the vast webs of information in the future, downloads itself into a gynoid (female robot) body that happens to be the exact same model as Motoko’s, except for blonde hair.
It could be argued that in anime hair color and eye color don’t really represent what the character actually looks like, but truly aspects of their personality. However, in the manga, movies and anime series it’s made clear that Motoko’s cyber body looks nothing like her original body. In fact, in episode 11 of the second season of “Ghost in the shell: Stand alone complex”, we are given an origin story for Motoko and how she came to be a cyborg. Motoko was in a plane crash that left her in a coma, she was one of the few survivors along with a boy sitting next to her, and as she laid in a comma, the boy made origami for her. Eventually Motoko was taken away to get a cybernetic body, and one day returned to talk to the boy, trying to convince him to also get a cyborg body upgrade, but the boy didn’t recognize her new face/body at all. The episode can be watched here:
But even if this was a case of Hollywood “white washing”, what the SJW, feminazis, tumblrinas and white knight geeks don’t understand is that the movie industry and the entertainment industry are a BUSINESS, and they ultimately are there to make money. One of the first things one learns when studying how to finance movie projects is that you need a script and you need a star, you can’t move forward and expect to make money without a recognizable star to draw in the crowds, so casting a well known Hollywood actress with a track record of box office hits such as Avengers, Avengers 2: Age of Ultron, Lucy, etc only makes sense, instead of casting lesser known actresses. Because, let’s face it, Hollywood is made up of what’s still the majority in the USA: white people. That is not a bad thing, it’s very much a neutral thing. You wouldn’t expect a Bollywood movie to cast East Asians or Caucasians. You wouldn’t expect Nollywood (Nigerian Cinema) movies to cast Caucasians. You wouldn’t expect Hong Kong martial arts movies to cast Caucasians, or Blacks or Indians, or Latinos, etc. Local industries cast what’s local and their primary, MAJORITY audience.
It’s basic logic. But of course, SJW are not known to be logical people. They make decisions without having evidence, and often just look for reasons to feel offended so they can feel so pure and virtuous.