Cuttooth wrote:Even if you can argue the character is more "neutral" looking in the anime (despite her name being Motoko Kusanagi), East Asian actors being looked over completely is still whitewashing, or whatever you want to call it.
It's like if a film's script had the characters all written as gender neutral or without an ethnicity in mind and all the roles still going to Caucasian actors regardless.
If the film was being made in a predominantly whote country. And the amount of minority actors reflected the population of that country I dont think it could be considered white washing.
Similarly if a Japanese studio remade a western film and used all Japanese actors (or dubbed a western film with all Japanese actors) I don't see what would be wrong with that.
This completely disregards the global reach that Hollywood has. This film wasn't produced by a small firm in a back lot somewhere in a predominantly white suburb of California, without the ability to draw talent from elsewhere. Hollywood can attract actors from anywhere on the globe, and it's audience is global, so ideas about reflecting the ethnic make up of where it was produced go out the window completely.