Simple definition of acting: the art or profession of performing the role of a character in a play, movie, etc.
Full definition of acting: the art or practice of representing a character on a stage or before cameras.
So there’s apparently a minor uproar about an upcoming movie “Ghost in the Shell,” because the very white Scarlett Johansson has been selected to play the lead character, who happens to be very Japanese.
The usual suspects have been pissing their collective panties about the casting, because WHITEWASHING! And SHUT UP, RACIST! Recommendations to replace Johansson with an array of Japanese actresses are floating around the Internet like turds in the proverbial punch bowl, and the social justice whiners have been circulating a petition, because *RACISM* and Asian actresses are just not getting their due! *RACISM*
“The original film is set in Japan, and the major cast members are Japanese,” reads the petition. “So why would the American remake star a white actress? The industry is already unfriendly to Asian actors without roles in major films being changed to exclude them.
“DreamWorks could be using this film to help provide opportunities for Asian-American actors in a market with few opportunities for them to shine. Please sign the petition asking them to reconsider casting Scarlett Johansson in Ghost in the Shell and select actors who are truer to the cast of the original film!”
See, because the entertainment industry isn’t really about entertainment. It’s not about making money. It’s apparently about providing opportunities for a specific race, because *RACISM* or something.
I swear, sometimes the lunacy is enough to make me want to slam my head into a wall until I can get the stupid to leave.
These idiots have a lack of comprehension about business that’s disturbing and indicative of the dumbshittery that is spewed forth by our universities every day. In their effort to promote their version of “diversity,” these cock nuggets basically want to erase Caucasian out of existence.
You don’t hear them bitching about the gloriously talented Lea Salonga – a Filipina playing a young French woman (Fantine) in Les Miserables or the beautiful Japanese actress and singer Kaho Shimada playing Eponine in the international version of the musical. I also don’t see them shitting their britches over Leslie Odom, Jr., who happens to be African-American, playing the role of the very white Aaron Burr. The social justice whiners didn’t screech when Will Smith was cast in the role of Deadshot in the new “Suicide Squad” movie, either, did they? But Deadshot isn’t black… SHUT UP, RACIST!
No, it’s only when Scarlett Johansson was cast in the role of Motoko Kusanagi that they clutch their pearls and accuse Hollywood of racism.
Ultimately, the movie business is just that – a business. It needs to draw an audience in order to make a profit. Movies cost a lot to make, and ultimately, studios pay a lot of money for actors and actresses who draw in audiences, because that’s how they turn a profit.
There’s a reason why Johansson was paid $10 million for the last Avengers movie. She’s an audience draw. Even a crappy movie like the 2014 abortion Lucy grossed $463 million. She’s well known. She’s popular. She’s a decent actress. She’s gorgeous. So yes, studios are going to want to cast an actress who will pull off the role and draw audiences to the theater! The best, most talented, and largely unknown Japanese actress likely won’t match the type of audience magnet that Johansson has become – no matter how much they look like a bloody drawing!
The entertainment industry is a balance. Studios need to offset the need to pay big bucks to actors who will pull movie goers into the theater to shell out $13 for a movie showing and another $20 for a bucket of stale popcorn and a drink, with actors who are so skilled, that audiences will suspend their disbelief about race or anything else and focus on the actual character being portrayed.
That’s what acting is. It’s getting into the mind of your character. It’s becoming someone else. It’s walking in the skin of another person – whether real or imagined. It’s empathy. It’s the ability to literally become someone else, regardless of skin color, gender, race, or any other physical trait.
Don’t like it? Don’t see it. Don’t spend money on it. It’s your choice. You have the freedom to make it.
But quit demonstrating your ignorance of the way the entertainment, or any other business works with silly accusations of racism, whitewashing, and other SJW buzzwords and pointless petitions that show your complete lack of understanding of acting and appreciation of acting talent.