'Ghost in the Shell' faces backlash for casting Scarlett Johansson as a Japanese character.

In any other situation, casting Scarlett Johansson as a cyborg cop would be uncontroversial. But there’s one issue that is already annoying fans of Ghost in the Shell: Scarlett Johansson is white, while Motoko Kusanagi is Japanese.

By casting a white American actress, the live-action remake is whitewashing a character who is clearly meant to be Asian, in a story that takes place in Japan. This not only disrespects the original source, but perpetuates Hollywood’s racist habit of ignoring people of color in order to promote white movie stars.