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Scarlett Johansson Speaks to 'Ghost in the Shell' Whitewashing Controversy: I Would Never Attempt to Play a Different Race

Scarlett Johansson Speaks to 'Ghost in the Shell' Whitewashing Controversy: I Would Never Attempt to Play a Different Race

Scarlett Johansson‘s Ghost in the Shell film has been accused of whitewashing the main character in the movie, based on the popular Japanese manga and anime.

“I think this character is living a very unique experience in that she has 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. Hopefully, any question that comes up of my casting will be answered by audiences when they see the film,” Scarlett said during an interview.

“I was a little traumatized at the end of this film, just because it was so much work and it was kind of a dark headspace to live in. But, like myself, I actually was like, okay, I did that. I’m hanging in. I’m resilient. I’m back to myself. I was happy to find myself at the end of Ghost in the Shell,” Scarlett added.

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  • Visitor

    Scarlett, Major’s mind once belonged to a Japanese woman. After they discarded the Japanese body, and uploaded the mind in your white body, they spoke to you (Major) in Japanese, which confirms there’s still a Japanese person in there. So, yes, Scarlett, you ARE playing another race.

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    FUCK THE HATERS

  • Spoffle

    Because only ethnically Japanese people can speak and understand Japanese, right?

    The Japanese don’t care. The owners of Ghost in the Shell said they didn’t envision her to be Japanese. The source material shows the character to have blue eyes and Caucasian features. You and like minded people are the problem. Seeing racism where there isn’t any.