(A lack of) diverse representation

REBLOGGED from another author! Thank you, Marketing Otter. “The only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity. You cannot win an Emmy for roles that are simply not there.” Viola Davis (Emmy acceptance speech)

Marketing Otter

(Feature image generated by Twitter user @ChienJenn)

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Yesterday’s release of Ghost In the Shell, a Hollywood adaptation of the popular Japanese anime and manga, was faced with outrage and criticism over the film’s casting of Scarlett Johansson as Major Motoko Kusanagi. By not casting a Japanese or Asian American actress, the minority ethnic identity of the main character is erased and replaced by something untrue to its origins. Motoko’s identity is erased so much, in fact, that in the film’s advertising campaigns, the character is only referred to as “Major”, which is her rank as a name, instead of her full Japanese name. [Minor spoiler: in the film they named her Mira Killian. Because of course they did.]

The film’s marketing team made an image generator website and promoted it to the public in an attempt to incite hype for the movie, encouraging users to fill out “I am…” and it went viral.

But for all…

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