Whitewashing in Hollywood movies diminishes underrepresented races
With the rise of social justice conflicts circulating and defining this modern era, one could think that Hollywood whitewashing is a concept of the past. Producer Steven Paul and director Rupert Sanders cast Scarlett Johansson as Major Motoko Kusanagi, Ghost in the Shell's protagonist. Despite the fact that Ghost features Asian characters, a predominantly white cast has been hired to play the main roles.
Hollywood whitewashing has gained public awareness as of late since Asian American actors make up the smallest demographic portion of the entertainment pool. Asian American actors, along with actors of other races, have not been typical recipients of prestigious awards, which is also why the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite has been popularized all over social media and news outlets.
It is degrading to continually cast white people as characters who are not white. It implies that white people are better suited in the entertainment world and that they attract more revenue. Shows like Fresh Off the Boat celebrate Asian American citizens and reflect greater diversity in the entertainment industry. It is important for movie directors to shift their attention to cast actors fairly and appropriately.