TrailerWatch: SUCK IT, “Ghost in the Shell”. #whitewashing

I tried. I really did.  I tried to keep an open mind about the whitewashed monstrosity that is the live-action “reinterpretation” of the popular anime and manga, Ghost in the Shell. But as much as I adore ScarJo, this is an abomination.

Sure, it’s lovely, and the action seems groovy enough.  But I can’t get past the fact that an obvious caucasian was cast in a role that could have been extremely important for Asian actors. The idea of a strong, competent, Asian woman too frightening, Hollywood?

Jesus Christ this sickens me. Maybe it’s because I’m seeing so much hate directed to people of color after this trash fire of an election.  Maybe it’s because I’m a little half-breed who remembers getting excited every time she saw Barney Miller‘s Officer Nick Yemana (played by the awesome Jack Soo), or George Takei’s Sulu on Star Trek reruns.  I still get amped whenever I see an Asian actor onscreen.  And I shouldn’t be. It should be normal.  But it’s still rare enough that I get excited to see “my family” onscreen.

So yeah, fuck you, Ghost in the Shell.  This is the last bit of coverage on this bullshit film that you’ll get from me.  I’m not even going to put up a picture of the poster, because this film doesn’t deserve one more megabyte of data storage on my blog.

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4 Responses to TrailerWatch: SUCK IT, “Ghost in the Shell”. #whitewashing

  1. Diana Chetelat says:

    James Shigeta was one of my favorite and hottest actors and Asian-American. Flower Drum Song. Cry for Happy and I think he was in an Elvis movie that I remember. Loved him! There are amazing Asian actors. Myoshi Umeki of Sayonara with Marlon Brando. And course like Nancy Quan from above movie. I’m showing my age. Then of course you have the Yul Brenner kind of like the movie above. Great actor but… really? I love to watch the oldies! There are some amazing Asian actors now. One of my favorite was in the movie The Lover. Memoirs of a Geisha, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon. Some were a bit typecast but insightful. I think there is a start with shows like Glee, just a bunch of kids-finally multicultural and ever so typical of my kids school.


    • Denise says:

      James Shigta was smokin’! 😀 I’m also a huge fan of Ken Watanabe, and Daniel Dae Kim. 😉

      Growing up watching films during Japanese American Citizens League monthly movie night, I’ve seen a lot of talent. And I do love the oldies as well! (My dad resembled Toshiro Mifune…but without the topknot!) I don’t want people to be cast just to fill some quota, but I’d love to see more open-minded casting, most especially for POC.


      • Diana Chetelat says:

        Toshiro Mifune was a handsome man and a fine actor. Sadly he was also from that post era where there were mainly parts type cast. Samarai movies are great but he was a gifted actor and could have done just about anything. He certainly had an amazing life. And your Dad was a handsome man:-)


      • Denise says:

        Hee – he was indeed! 😀


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