The new film “Ghost in the Shell” was trending on Facebook yesterday, not because people are excited to see it or because reviewers thought it was great, but because the internet is buzzing about what a flop it is. According to most media outlets, the lack of box office success was due to the “white washing” of the original Japanese character. Director Rupert Sanders used white actress Scarlett Johansson in a role meant for a Japanese woman.
The decision to cast Johansson was off putting by many original fans. Lovers of anime like to see Japanese culture, and Japanese culture includes Japanese people. And yet, there’s more the mainstream media isn’t saying. It was not just white washing that caused “Ghost in the Shell” to do poorly at the box office.
Put simply: Scarlett Johansson alienated many people with her politics. Scarlett has come out pro-abortion, supporting Planned Parenthood, and is a critic of President Donald Trump. She even mocked Ivanka Trump in a skit on Saturday Night Live.
Scarlett Johansson mocks Ivanka Trump on SNL
Insulting the political views of at least half the people in America is not likely to benefit box office sales. And yet, much of the media isn’t reporting that Scarlett Johansson’s politics played a part in the film’s poor performance.