Social Justice Warriors are enraged that famous actress Scarlett Johansson was cast as Motoko Kusanagi in the Ghost in the Shell movie.
These same SJWs were upset when a white man was cast as the superhero Ironfist for the Netflix series of the same name. Despite the fact the character Ironfist is a white man. But the fact that Ironfist knows Kung Fu was enough for them to demand an Asian actor play the role. Because you know, 'cultural appropriation'.
These same SJWs threw a hissy fit when comic enthusiasts disapproved of Michael B Jordan being cast as Human Torch in the horrible Fantastic Four reboot. The character in the comics is a white man. Complaining about how a black actor was miscast for the role was not racist, despite what the SJWs claimed.
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It's no different than complaining if a 75-year-old woman was cast in the role. If the character doesn't match how he looks in the material he's based off of, there's grounds for concern.
This now brings me to Scarlett Johansson as Motoko Kusanagi.
If you actually look at the character, she doesn't exactly scream Japanese. White or mixed? Sure. But Japanese? Not really.
This is really the case with Japanese animation as a whole. I won't lie that when I was super young, I firmly believed that the characters on shows like Sailor Moon, Dragon Ball Z, and Pokemon were white.
With Johansson, we have an actress who has experience taking a comic character and bringing it to life. Her performance as Black Widow in multiple Marvel films prove this.
Hell, even the Ghost in the Shell publisher thinks Johansson was well cast.
“Looking at her career so far, I think Scarlett Johansson is well-cast,” Sam Yoshiba, director of the international business division at Kodansha’s headquarters in Tokyo, told The Hollywood Reporter.
It gets better. Get those SJW tears ready.
“She has the cyberpunk feel. And we never imagined it would be a Japanese actress in the first place.”
Now that doesn't mean that they wouldn't approve of a Japanese actress. I mean, the character is supposed to be Japanese. However, when it comes to appearance, Johansson is a fine fit.
Going back to Michael B Jordan in Fantastic Four. Imagine for a moment in the comics that Human Torch was established as a white man, but drawn as a black man. I don't know, imagine a panel where the audience can see some ID card of Torch's and it deliberately states: Caucasian.
Because the character is drawn as a black man, casting Michael B Jordan in the role would actually make sense despite the character being white.
Does this sound a bit complicated and too much like a bizarre hypothetical? Fine, let's go back to reality.
The character of Motoko Kusanagi looks white. Therefore casting a white actress to play the role makes sense.
Not to mention the fact that because of Scarlett Johansson's involvement, people who may have no interest at all in the property will flock to see the film. This is good for the original source material.
As Sam Yoshiba said, “This is a chance for a Japanese property to be seen around the world.”
I'm not a hypocrite for saying Johansson is suited for her role while Michael B Jordan was not.
I would be up in arms if a white dude was cast to play Cyborg, or if an Asian was cast to play Falcon, or if a Native was cast to play Spawn. Casting characters based on their physical appearance in source material is important.
But for Social Justice Warriors, they'd rather bitch about a white man being cast as a white male than approve of filmmakers sticking to the source material.
They're not fans of the property. They're only fans of social justice.