Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Ming-Na Wen stands up to Hollywood whitewashing

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04.14.16

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Way back in January of 2015, the rumor mill spit out that Scarlett Johansson was picked up as the lead in Ghost in the Shell to the tune of $10 million. Today, Paramount released the first image of Johansson in costume as Motoko Kusanagi aka The Major.

If you haven”t noticed, ScarJo isn”t Japanese. Whitewashing of Asian characters seems to be a theme this week in Hollywood. First Doctor Strange, now this. Macau-American actress Ming-Na Wen (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) took to social media to vent her frustration.

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Hollywood has been getting better with PoC representation in recent years, but week”s like this prove we still have a long way to go. Oh! And if you need a refresher on why it”s okay to convert a white character to a minority but not the other way around, head over here.

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Mother. Wife. Geek. Writer. Succinct. Donna Dickens has been writing for the Internet for almost a decade. She has a particular love of Star Wars, Sailor Moon, and the dark lord Cthulhu. Her favorite color is Octarine.

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