It's telling that Paramount is responsible for Flop in the Shell and (is associated with) The Last Airbender. Oh and Star Trek Into Darkness. They have no intention of changing ever so they deserve this flop. Only back then, Paramount gave no shits about the backlash for Last Airbender and now they're banning press from even asking about whitewashing.
In case you didn’t hear about it yet, Paramount recently commented on the whitewashing and an executive thought that the whitewashing controversy impacted the reviews that bombed it:
An executive for Paramount, the studio behind the film, thinks that “Ghost in the Shell” performed so poorly because of the casting controversy that trailed the movie for years. After it was announced in late 2014 that Scarlett Johansson, a white actress, would be taking on the role of Major Motoko Kusanagi, critics complained that Hollywood was once again whitewashing a role that an Asian actress could’ve played.
“We had hopes for better results domestically. I think the conversation regarding casting impacted the reviews,” Paramount domestic distribution chief Kyle Davies told CBC News.
“You’ve got a movie that is very important to the fanboys since it’s based on a Japanese anime movie,” Davies added. “So you’re always trying to thread that needle between honoring the source material and make a movie for a mass audience. That’s challenging, but clearly the reviews didn’t help.”
He doesn’t explicitly say that whitewashing was responsible for the movie’s poor performance but he does acknowledge it. Hopefully this bomb wakes them up next time.
Angry Asian Guy