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Ghost in the Shell Criticized, Flopped Over Claims of Whitewashing Characters


While most of the Hollywood executives are baffled as to why the Sci-Fi action movie Ghost in the Shell flopped, most critics, however, aren’t surprised. The movie Ghost in the Shell debuted in cinemas on March 31, 2017. However, much to the dismay of the producers, the movie only grossed at about $62 million.  Reports say that the movie has been produced with a budget of $110 million, making the movie a flop.

Ghost in the Shell

Paramount/DreamWorks

Ghost in the Shell is about a woman named Major Mira Killian, who was really Major Motoko Kusanagi in the original Japanese anime. She was rescued from a cyborg terrorist attack and was used as a part of an experiment to produce the ultimate anti-terrorist agent. However, Killian often experiences recollections of broken memories, which were first considered as glitches in her system. However, Killian found out that they were more than just mere glitches but an actual part of her past.

Scarlett Johanson in Ghost in the Shell

Paramount/DreamWorks

She, later on, learned more about her past which caused the CEO of Hanka Robotics to consider her as a threat to the company and their secrets. The CEO of Hanka Robotics, “Cutter”, then ordered that Major Killian should be euthanized. However, Dr. Ouelet, one of her creators, allows her to escape and provides her with further clues about her true identity.
Although there is a good story-line behind the movie, there is also one good reason why the critics think the movie flopped and that is because, as critics said, the movie is whitewashed. Just like the movie Dr. Strange and The Last Air Bender, where the lead role that has Asian roots was portrayed by a western actor.

Ghost in the Shell

Paramount/DreamWorks

Despite the fact that there is nothing wrong with the story-line or the actors, having a western actor portray an Asian, or whatever race it may be for that matter, makes the story politically incorrect. It also raises the question of whether Hollywood is having a problem with casting Asian actors or are they just refraining from casting them.