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Miss Misanthropist

Eloquent Egalitarian

Media: Progressive vs Bigotry

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Lately there has been quite a bit of controversy over Scarlett Johansson being cast as the lead in Ghost In The Shell. I am going to have to agree with basically everyone else on this one that it was very stupid not to cast a Japanese actress for the role. I'm not a fan of the anime or any of the original stuff but it honestly makes no sense. My point isn't that I've suddenly jumped ship and started to agree with SJWs, though. I have another point to make and it's pretty important because it's something that's been bugging the hell out of me. 

White washing and how "problematic" it is. I obviously use the term ironically because I really hate that word. In any case this kind of complaining has happened a lot before but usually when it's not at all justified. Such as when they cast Benedict Cumberbatch as Kahn in the Star Trek Into Darkness movie. In that specific instance race really had no baring on the character or whatever. At all. Also, anyone who wants to claim Ricardo Montoban as the best actor in the world...I'm not sure what drugs they are on but I want some. In any case, since his race had nothing to do with the character they found an actor who could play the role. Done and done. Then there was a whole bunch of controversy when they cast a white girl as Katniss (Catniss?) sorry I don't like Hunger Games. According to tumblr (of all places not that I trust this) Catniss was to have olive skin. Which the SJWs misinterpreted as "black person" and so they thought this was white washing as well, even if Catniss was not a black girl. Olive skin can very well be caucasian and obviously when reading this book most people got this impression. If someone really wanted to complain, how about the fact that Hunger Games is a watered down rip off of the brilliant novel and movie Battle Royale which is Japanese? I digress. These are just a few examples of what they consider white washing. To an extent I agree, maybe they should have gotten a Hispanic actor for the part of Kahn but he wasn't even hispanic, Khan, I mean. He was a totally other different being. It wouldn't matter what color he was. It's stupid. Katniss or however you spell it was always a white girl. 

Yet then you have the complete flip side to this. You have people who are praised up and down for casting canonically white characters as POC (people of color/other races). In Hannibal, and yes of course I'll use this as an example, you have Jack Crawford who is canonically white played by a black man. You then have Beverly Katz, a canonically white woman, played by a Korean actress. This was seeing as "diversifying the show" and praised up and down. Then you had a canonically white character become black in season 3. Reba. Which honestly, considering how much complaining the SJWs did that Will's wife was a white woman (also canonically correct) it just seemed like pandering. Yet, Fuller is praised up and down for his "diversification" by jamming POC into roles they really shouldn't be in based on canon.

Don't get me wrong, I have no issue with this if the person can act. I don't recall who played Reba but she wasn't a good actress. I intentionally missed her scenes because of this. I loved Jack's portrayal though and Beverly was one of my favorite characters. It means very little to me what race these characters are if the person can portray the role properly. I'm still going to point out that in book canon these people were not that race but at the end of the day it's more about the story (and it should be). Yet if you take a black role and you put a white person in it, suddenly you are the biggest racist piece of crap that ever existed. Black Hermione is TOTALLY FINE (even if it makes no literal sense) but white Ghost In The Shell girl is OMFG THE BIGGEST RACIAL ATROCITY IN HISTORY!!!! 

The thing is, SJWs are ALWAYS the ones saying "why should it matter the race if the person can act the part" not the anti-sjws. So if this is what they are always saying in order to get POC people into acting roles, then the same should hold true for someone like Scarlett taking on a role that should rightfully go to a Japanese woman right? But they aren't. This is one of the most infuriating things to me ever. When white people complain that a canonically white character is replaced with a black actor/actress they are racist, but it's totally fine to shit all over Scarlett for this?

Like I said, I totally agree it was stupid to cast her. I'm just pointing out the blatant hypocrisy here. Which once again proves that there really isn't any people more racist and bigoted than the SJWs. Then again, I don't think anyone is surprised by this and, well, it's just my opinion at the end of the day.