‘ScarJo in the Shell’


“A few weeks ago, word shimmied down the digital grapevine that Hollywood has cast the lead role in its adaptation of the Ghost in the Shell manga, and brace yourself: she’s white. (More accurately, she’s not Rinko Kikuchi, whose name has been bandied about in the press in both pre and post-casting rumblings.) Someone, somewhere, is going to write (or has already written) a strong argument as to why tapping a caucasian actress to play a Japanese character is problematic, and that argument will socially, politically, and intellectually have serious merit. It is, after all, the same argument made four years ago when Paramount and M. Night Shyamalan sucked all the cultural integrity out of Avatar: The Last Airbender.” (Via Paste Magazine.)


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