Japanese Actresses Comment On “Whitewashing” After Watching Ghost in the Shell Movie

The Ghost in the Shell movie that has come under criticism for “whitewashing” sounds like a pretty crappy movie, but this is what some Japanese actresses had to say after watching it:

Yoshihara: People in Japan worship white people.

Kato-Kiriyama: Even in the story, there are Japanese people involved in creating these beings and they also may very well see the ideal human being as a white woman. So you’re sort of messed up all the way around.

Agena: Yes! I felt more messed up watching this movie. It reinforced my own personal messed-up standards of physical beauty.

Okatsuka: This is an important conversation to have.

Yoshihara: Even my ex-boyfriend, who is Asian-American, said, “What Asian lady has a body like Scarlett Johansson?”

Agena: There are certain priorities there.

Okatsuka: It’s this weird thing where Asian-Americans or Asian nationals living here like me, working in film, are fighting both our motherland and white producers here. We’re walking this in-between where I scream at Hollywood but I’m also like, “Why’d you do that, Japan?!” Et tu, Brute, on both sides.

Yoshihara: Japanese people are self-loathing.

Okatsuka: Is it crazy that suicide rates are so high in Japan?

Yoshihara: Even my sister committed suicide. That’s how many people commit suicide in Japan. That’s how messed up it is.  [Hollywood Reporter]

You can read much more at the link.

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I am a US military veteran that has served all over the world to include in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Korea. I have been blogging about Korea, Northeast Asia, and the US military for over 10 years.

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setnaffa
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setnaffa

So… lefty reporters in Japan just as pointless and shallow as those in America…

What part of “It’s a movie about a robot” escaped the haters?

Jigoku
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Jigoku

So could one say that Asians making a western style movie (for example) yellow washing? Is yellow washing PC to say? Obviously it’s ok to say white washing, so it must be.

Hoosier X
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Do you have an example of a Japanese movie that does this? An example would help the discussion. (And also provide for a little variety in the kind of discussion where people usually try to be as vague as possible because being specific doesn’t hep their argument.)

setnaffa
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setnaffa

Nothing like having your mind made up before you start, eh?

Smokes
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You don’t need an example, he’s posing a question. Answer it or don’t; quit pretending you want discussion. Stop wasting our time with your weak troll attempt.

guitard
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guitard

Does bukake fall under the category of “whitewashing?”

ChickenHead
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Does bukake fall under the category of “whitewashing?”

Any hate I ever directed at you just got nullified.

Smokes
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Smokes

Bukake? What’s that? neutral

Anyhow as much as I’d love to go on for 50 paragraphs as to what’s wrong with their argument it’s a simple concept known as “property rights”, whoever made this movie owns the rights and can cast whoever the F they want. These people suffer from imagined ownership and have no say in the matter. Want to see Japanese actors? Oh I don’t know, how about seeing any one of the bajillion Japanese movies available? I almost hope this movie’s a big enough success so that Hollywood does this more.

ChickenHead
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ChickenHead

The Good, the Bad, and the Weird was a shameless yellow washing.

Seriously? Asian cowboys?

…though it was a really entertaining movie that perfectly pulled off Asian cowboys.

Denny
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Denny

Scarlett Johannson also starred in anti-Trump women’s marches.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UndhQLmRXMM

Liz
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Liz

Sean Penn’s ex girlfriend.
Now there’s a shocker.

setnaffa
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setnaffa

They make creams and ointments for that Trump rash you seem to have…

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