I'm a little confused.
So, the Scarlett Johansson in the remake of Ghost in the Shell controversy has opened up again due to another Caucasian actor playing an explicitly Japanese character in a big budget movie.
There's something I don't understand.
Professional douchebag Max Landis, famous due to being the son of the world's funniest child murderer, has posted some condescending nonsense about saying the people complaining don't understand how Hollywood works. I'm not sure in this context why anyone who is interested in the subject should even pretend to care.
But here's the thing I get out of this, for whatever it's worth.
Hollywood does not make expensive movies with Asian stars and makes a very small number with black stars because they don't believe the demand exists. The logic goes, it's a business decision and not a racist one.
If we take this at face value, and I don't at all, but I'll play along for argument's sake, then how are people to express that there is a demand? If there are no expensive Hollywood movies to see and vote with our dollars on, then publicly expressing concerns over that lack, especially in cases where it stands out, such as this case, seems the only option available to communicate the growing interest in seeing Asian actors in important roles in expensive movies.
Am I missing something? Is publicly stating "I would like to spend my hard earned cash on this" not a valid message to send? Is there a way we're all missing that doesn't involve simply staying quiet and buying whatever they sell because they say so? I suspect most people raising this concern would be quite interested to hear it.
All I know that if one spends too much time listening to or discussing Max Landis that their brains will start to melt, leading them to eventually be as dumb as him. No one wants that, do they?