Scarlett Johansson and Tilda Swinton got cast in Asian roles and people are pissed

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First Look at Scarlett Johansson in 'Ghost in the Shell'


With Lucy Liu, Constance Wu and Maggie Q all too busy, Hollywood chose white woman Scarlett Johansson to play the lead role of Motoko Kusanagi in the forthcoming live action movie Ghost in the Shell, based on the comic series. While we knew this news as of January, the trailer for the movie just dropped and the controversy has stirred anew.

Here's what Ming-Na Wen, who voiced Fa Mulan in Disney's Mulan, had to say:

Ghost in the Shell is not the only offender — there have been many more in the past year alone.

The trailer for Johansson's project comes only a few days after the trailer for Marvel's latest, Dr. Strange debuted, which had Tilda Swinton channeling her best guru. Not only is Swinton's character originally an Asian character, it's actually an Asian male character.

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Scarlett Johansson arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of "Avengers: Age Of Ultron" at the Dolby Theatre on Monday, April 13, 2015. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Scarlett Johansson arrives at the MTV Movie Awards at the Nokia Theatre on Sunday, April 12, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Scarlett Johansson arrives at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Scarlett Johansson attends the 2015 G’DAY USA GALA at the Hollywood Palladium on Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Rob Latour/Invision/AP)
Scarlett Johansson arrives at The Independent Film Project's 24th Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards at Cipriani Wall Street on Monday, Dec. 1, 2014, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Scarlett Johansson arrives at the World Premiere of "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" at the El Capitan Theatre, on Thursday, March 13, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)
U.S. actress Scarlett Johansson holds the Cesar of honor award during the 39th French Cesar Awards Ceremony, in Paris, Friday, Feb. 28, 2014. This annual ceremony is presented by the French Academy of Cinema Arts and Techniques. (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)
Actress Scarlett Johansson arrives for the screening of the film 'Her' at the 8th edition of the Rome International Film Festival in Rome, Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
Scarlett Johansson attends the "Don Jon" premiere on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013 in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
Scarlett Johansson arrives at the premiere of "Don Jon" on day 6 of the Toronto International Film Festival at The Princess of Wales on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013, in Toronto. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
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People were quick to point out the problems with Swinton's casting as the Ancient One, who usually looks like this.

While most people may think yellow face is a thing of the past — think Mickey Rooney in Breakfast at Tiffany's — in 2015, Cameron Crowe's film Aloha featured white actress Emma Stone as Alison Ng, an Asian character.

If anyone needs an Asian actress to hire, we've got you covered.

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