Ghost in the Shell #whitewashing

Every week,  Hollywood does something to make me giddy, and then they counteract that, with something that makes me wanna smack a bish! I guess they don’t want me gettin complacent.

Hollywood just refuses to learn. In their defense though, Hollywood is like the  Titanic, compared to the tugboat of TV. Think of it this way: you’re driving a Ford escort which can stop on a dime, and turn on a knife. Hollywood, the behemoth of modern media, can’t do anything quickly. Its going to take some time for the the ideas of inclusion and diversity to  trickle up to the white men who run these companies (and their investors). But that is the only (and I mean THE ONLY) excuse I’ll give them.

One of the reasons for Hollywoods inertia on these issues is also the overseas markets. The PTB continue to hold onto lots of myths about what the global market wants to see in American films. (That’s not an excuse. That’s  just lazy.) Hollywood is still being run by white men, and women, who are too old, and too out of touch with current socio-political beliefs for them to make coherent decisions about those beliefs. The problem isn’t the Oscars. The problem is the Hollywood machinery.

Well, let’s just say, I hope that’s what it is, rather than sheer, stupid, meanheaded, truculence. I proposed an idea that every time casting choices get made, that whoever made them, should be required to write a several thousand word essay, to the public and fans, on the history of whitewashing in Hollywood, and explain in detail, why they made their choice, with bibliographical references, to show they did the reading. Because they have to know what fans are asking them for, and the only reason they’re being so obtuse about it is, they really don’t get it, or they’re deliberately thumbing their nose at fans, out of sheer contempt, and as a generally positive person, I don’t want to assume malevolence, where there is none.

That said, I will not be going to see Ghost in the Shell. I love the anime and I love Scarlet Johansen, but I don’t want to see Scarlet in vehicles where she is clearly not wanted or even needed. They had at least a  dozen Asian women who would be more than happy to have played Motoko Kusanagi in this movie, but chose to give the first four primary roles listed in the credits to white people, with Japanese actors as  auxiliaries in their own movie. If you could get that many Japanese people to star in the movie, in the first place, why couldn’t you get a Japanese lead? So, in solidarity with other PoC who keep getting their nose tweaked by “The Machine”, I’m opting out.

I don’t blame Scarlet for this, any more than I blame Zoe Saldana for the Nina Simone disaster. I blame the PTB that made such awful choices, and if there was more diversity within the machinery of Hollywood, some of the long held myths Hollywood believes about the public, would be questioned and/or  debunked by those people, because this is what happens when too many people within an organization, all think alike because they all have the exact same backgrounds.

This is why we need the Star Trek ideology: IDIC -Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations. We need all kinds of people behind the scenes. ALL KINDS! Not just middle class, suburban, straight, cis-gender, white men and women, who are pathologically incapable, it seems, of seeing anything beyond their own personal experiences and fantasies, or just don’t want to. I mean just count, in the past ten years alone, how many movies have been made about some guy’s all American boyhood, or his teen years looking for sex, or lusting after his hot neighbor. (Now count how many of those movies had a black, Latinx or Asian lead character. )

PoC want to be able to tell those same boring ass stories about our lives. We don’t just want to see movies about slavery and Civil Rights. Latinos don’t just want to watch movies only about immigration, or surviving gangs, and Asian people don’t want to see only movies about them knowing martial arts. (That’s what the Chinese action movie industry is for, and even they break that shit up sometimes, with romances and police procedurals.) Many Asian people are seriously pissed at the erasure in this movie and in Dr. Strange. (I feel like Dr. strange is something much more complicated than GitS, though and I’ll discuss that at a later date.)

Nobody is boycotting GitS.  Nobody has said that word. I have heard from a lot of people, that though they are fans of the original anime, they won’t be seeing this movie. I know I won’t be seeing it. I like the actress and know she will do a good job but I would’ve preferred someone else. I cannot in good conscience give them my money, as that would be encouraging Hollywood to keep doing shit like this, and they gon’ learn.

If any of my readers wish to see it, its up to you. Some people, who are unaware of the controversy, will enjoy it very much, but I would feel like I was sitting in a theatre full of the ghosts of what this movie could’ve been.

http://mic.com/articles/140911/scarlett-johansson-and-tilda-swinton-got-cast-in-asian-roles-and-people-are-pissed?utm_source=policymicTBLR&utm_medium=main&utm_campaign=social#.84C98tFNF

 

Addendum:

Okay, I feel like I’ve just been going on and on about Hollywood disappointments all week, and even I’m g thing tired of it, so as we don’t dwell too much in melancholia, here’s some fangirling, about shit they gettin’ right:

 

AAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!

Okay, one more for the road…no. Oh, alright!

 

 

<yaaahhhhhhhh!>

 

 

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