Ghost in the Shell Promotion Backfires

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One final marketing stunt by Paramount Pictures in order to promote the highly controversial live action Ghost in the Shell movie has seemingly backfired as the internet has taken the opportunity to troll the whitewashed production, an unsurprising turn of events considering how loud the negative criticism has been.

A special image generation website was launched (originally introduced by a 30-second promotional ad featuring non-Asian Scarlett Johansson) where visitors could upload their own image and input some text above the phrase “I Am Major”, leading to some rather humorous results (with some refreshingly opting to stray away from the whole whitewashing concept).

The aforementioned promotional ad:

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Those still somehow interested in seeing the film can watch Ghost in the Shell in theaters come March 31st.


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    Comment by Anonymous
    10:24 16/03/2017 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    The first thing I thought when I read that ScarJo would play Motoko was actually "Rinko Kikuchi would be the perfect fit. WHYYYYY???".

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:40 16/03/2017 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Nope, as much as i love Rinko, she's out for the same reason ScarJo doesn't work... Titties too small

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:34 16/03/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    they could fix that with cgi

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:02 16/03/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    @14:34
    It's fake enough as it is =_=

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    Comment by Hentail Feathers
    02:49 17/03/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ironically, ScarJo had the appropriate-sized tits for Motoko, BEFORE she underwent her breast reduction surgery. Those puppies were HUGE and PERFECT.

    You can say that when ScarJo got her breast reduction, every full-blooded heterosexual male flew their flags as...half-mast.

    Huh? Huuh?!

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:06 17/03/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Was that before or after shooting Hollywood GitS? Cuz I don't know what you guys are talking about... the size seems fine in the movie promos I've seen. Motoko in the Ooshi film had around a D cup, big but not huge or anything... not Masane Amaha territory or anything.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:33 16/03/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    So what? They gave Jolie plastic tits to wear.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:23 27/03/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    What? Mind blown.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:03 17/03/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Huh? Angelina? She got implants to avoid the breast cancer she would likely get due to genetics.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:21 17/03/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Why is this matter? Why the hell we even need a live action movie based on anime in the first place? It would be cringy as fuck, just remember assasins creed movie or all of the Uwe Boll "masterpieces". People are already fine with the fact that there would be a shitty gits movie. Next step would be full acceptance of it and paying for the tickets, the movie would be a huge success provoking holywood to create even more crap like that to feed the shit eaters.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:02 18/03/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    exactly, there is already a perfetly good GitS movie... if people are too closed minded that they can only watch a film if its in english and made in hollywood with white actors then its their loss, they can go to hell.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:34 17/03/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    I thought ScarJo was a great pick. Sue me.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:17 19/03/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    I think she's a stupid choice.

    But it fits because Oshii, lets throw out all the characterization except a couple of lines, was a stupid choice for the first movie.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:21 18/03/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    No, why?
    I don't like it. Perfect.
    Question is: will you pay to watch it?

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:27 19/03/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    true.... rinko would be the perfect fit.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:29 16/03/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Allegedly Rinko doesn't speak English all that well. Though they could've dubbed her over if that's the case, the real problem is that she isn't exactly the box office magnet.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:15 17/03/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    the problem with that argument (and i'm not trying to get at you, what you said is what all these casting directors are repeating, so its worth addressing) is that the Hollywood environment right now, NO ONE is a "box office magnet".
    the idea isn't even relevant anymore.

    right now the business is all about franchise marketing. the franchise is the box-office magnet, not the actors.
    the biggest stars in recent years have been total nobodies, but they fronted a new franchise.
    and all the career revivals in recent years haven't been off some key career-defining actor-specific role, its been thanks to a franchise with major studio backing.

    hell, even ScarJo's own career wouldn't even be going anywhere right now if she hadn't gotten an action star career reboot thanks to a Marvel franchise.
    she literally wouldn't be getting THIS VERY ROLE if she hadn't gotten an action star career reboot thanks to a Marvel franchise.

    so what that means is this idea that they NEEDED a name actress is absolute bull.

    assuming the GitS franchise was strong enough in America to sell in the first place (by no means a guarantee), they literally could have used anyone (ScarJo, some random brand new unknown white actress, an asian actress), and could have sold the movie just as well.

    because they sell the franchise now, the individual actors are meaningless (as evidenced by the long line of supposed movie-selling "A-List" actors and actresses whose movies all bomb outside of that recent franchise that made them relevant again)

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:18 19/03/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Christopher Lambert didn't speak English when they filmed Highlander either.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Lucy Liu could have done it as well and has some of the background in action roles. Problem is the Hollywood execs wouldn't have green lit the film for either actress.

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    Comment by Hentail Feathers
    02:56 17/03/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Lucy Liu isn't a good fit. Not only is she not Japanese (she's Chinese, and while "Asians look alike," Liu just somehow appeals as "not Japanese"), but she's the completely wrong build for the role, and her acting isn't all that appealing (not that ScarJo's a great actress herself, mind you).

    And Rinko has no ass or tits whatsoever, and falls short, even with visual "enhancements." She also just doesn't carry enough blockbuster draw as ScarJo does.

    Remember, Hollywood's not just targeting fans of the GitS series, but trying to bank on casual audiences as well.

    Maybe core fans would watch Rinko, but not your average weekend moviegoers. particularly if other big Hollywood action movies are out concurrently.

    Honestly, I think their BEST move would've been just finding a newcomer (but talented) fairly-curvy Asian-American actress, and letting audiences' curiosity be what draws them into theaters.

    Because even ScarJo as Motoko already bores me. I don't particularly care for live-action adaptations of beloved anime, anyways. And ScarJo won't be butt-booty ass-naked, so there's pretty much no perk at all in seeing the movie, which is bound to be too-CGI and not even close to living up to the magic of the illustrated/animated GitS franchise.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:15 17/03/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah, because that's not blatantly racist. If you're gonna complain about whitewashing (which it isn't...) then you can't have the stance that "any Asian will do, they all look the same"...

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:46 17/03/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    But they do all look the same. You're like a 911 fan talking about the minute differences in year models. They all look the same, get over it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:12 18/03/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    @04:46
    No, they don't. I say that as a white man who's seen enough Asians to tell the difference between them.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:58 17/03/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Who would want to watch that old hag?

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    Comment by Daisuki-chan
    16:45 16/03/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    She's 48, so as a woman she's actually (48-10)*2+10=86 years old. Why do you want her?

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:51 17/03/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Did someone say all Asians look the same? Then age shouldn't matter.

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    Comment by MechaTama31
    08:14 17/03/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Your formula is needlessly complicated. (x-10)*2+10 is the same thing as 2x-10.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:42 17/03/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wait, what?

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:47 16/03/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ugh. No thanks.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:57 16/03/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Yeah, it would have ended in a nuclear war between China and Japan.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:12 17/03/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    in porn maybe, in film NOOOOOOOOOOO

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:03 16/03/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Lucy Liu???? Why the hell would you give her the role... in anything?

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:27 16/03/2017 # ! Good (+0.8)

    Hi, I am Johnny Knoxville and welcome to Jackass!

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:36 16/03/2017 # ! Good (+0.5)

    well deserved!

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:44 16/03/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Anime characters are not always asian and motoko looks nothing like asian, she is also mostly robot so does it even matter what race she was?

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:10 16/03/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Kusanagi Motoko...

    Sounds totally french to me.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:58 17/03/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's not her real name.
    She doesn't remember her real one, and she doesn't even remember her original race. All it's known for sure, is that she was born as a light skinned girl.
    And considering the fact, that she canonically prefers Caucasian looking bodies, one could assume she was born white.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:14 18/03/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    I have a French sounding name and I'm half Asian. My other half isn't French either, by the way.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:14 16/03/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hey retard, western people that were born in japan have japanese names often etc. It's also in the future so old ass 2017 race politics really don't fit the theme.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:43 16/03/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    well deserved what? that a bunch of weebos are salty? i bet they'll not even going to watch and just write 1000 comments on how bad it is.
    fucking lunatics.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:56 16/03/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    The narrative is "white washing".
    Weebs don't care about white washing.
    If anything, they're against SJW propaganda, because it tries to fuck with their hobby.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:03 26/03/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hobbies before society!

    Comment by WEL
    23:44 16/03/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Is not the weebs that are salty it's the sjw's.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:04 26/03/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    both... inaccurate adaptations alway piss nerds off

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:12 17/03/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's not weebs, it's the SJWs acting as weebs otherwise they would of kicked up a stink about DragonBall Evoultion.

    All weebs know that live-action film adaptions are not as good as their manga/anime/games counterparts.

    So it's SJW acting as Weebs trying to make themselves feel more superior by acting in a moral high ground.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:05 26/03/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    weebs can be sjws too

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:13 16/03/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Exactly!

    Damn weebos, did they learn nothing with DB Evolution? When did Hollywood has disappointed us?

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:07 26/03/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Edge of Tomorrow was a success though, doesnt matter who hates it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:53 18/03/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    B fcking S, STFU.

    Emily Blunt might be good as an animation character, (Tempest Shadow in MLP) and as an female asskicker character. (Kate Macer in Sicario) But who the F was that shat? There is only one Rita Viataski, and it is not some 3D bitch who was totally out of character.

    F Edge of Tomorrow and F Ghost in the Blue Dog Shit, both sucked just like the rest of them live actions. Even Kenshin live was off.

    And they might even take up airing timeslot of proper anime on animation related channels, and major feature movie on networks that don't know a lick about anime, as that weird Asian porno-ish film.

    Oh ya, and I could kick both of their asses simultaneously in H2H, in MOUT, or in anything else. Who the F do they think they can pass off as Rita or Mokoto.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:24 17/03/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    If it got a positive rating on IMDB, RT, or both, you're gonna get downvoted if you say you like it here. I've tested this multiple times. This place is full of contrarians.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:43 17/03/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah, that was a gread adaptation, plus we got to see Tom Cruise die alot :D

    Comment by WEL
    23:45 16/03/2017 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    Edge of Tomorrow was pretty god.







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