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The debut of a trailer for the Netflix live action “interpretation” of Death Note soon brought about the emergence of a petition demanding Netflix replace its “whitewashed” cast with Japanese actors, naturally causing a clamor not dissimilar to the ruckus caused by the upcoming Ghost in the Shell film.

Some of the more “special” comments made by signers of the pointless petition:

“it goes against Death Notes culture.”

“This manga and anime was and still is a piece of art. If you want to copy it, at least make it good. Or respect the original work! Don”t try to copy it!”

“It’s just racist”

“You can’t destroy something as perfect as this anime”

“The whitewashing in hollywood needs to be put an end to.”

“no more white-washing. Asians should be played by Asians, latinos by latinos and so on.”

“I don’t think the adaptation will be a good translation from the media. The story is not going to have as much impact as if it had the original intender characteristics from the cast”

“Asians need to be REPRESENTED in the movie industry!!!!!!!!!!!”

“Stop second hand racism.”

“There needs to be diversity and representation for people of color in Hollywood. Adding ONE person of color in a mostly white cast isn’t progressive.”

“The show should be watched the way it is intended to be with Japanese women that makes it more realistic and worth watching to the anime watchers”

“There are many excellent asian actors…employ them!”

“NOW WAY WE MUST CHANGE THE NAME ITS CLEARLY NOT DEATH NOTE.”

“for the integrity and honoring of one of the greatest shows ive seen”

“Because the point of creating a live action piece of an anime is to spread awareness about something great that came from another culture. If you take away what makes it special, what’s the point in making it?”

“stop whitewashing any of your shows. i’m sick and tired of the supposed need of anglos to change the race of people when telling a story based on another races histiory. stop white washing programs.”

“Whitewashing, particularly of asian roles and films, has become rampant. I’m tired of it. It’s blatantly racist.”

“His damn name is Kira…..so yah. Clearly japaneae.”

“Not actually in favor of this but wanted to point out there is already a live action adaptation of Death Note with Asian actors. Oh, and the manga and anime. You guys are so obsessed with race it’s quite alarming. I would suggest examining your own biases and prejudices before demanding others change their creative vision just to make you happy. I watched the anime and I watched the movies. If this is any good, I’m sure I’ll watch it too. If you don’t want to, that’s fine. You have more than one option. Peace be with you all and may the light of enlightenment shine on your faces.”

As with numerous internet petitions in the past, the astounding achievement will likely accomplish nothing; the Death Note film will hit Netflix on August 25th.


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    Avatar of Popov
    Comment by Popov
    02:37 30/03/2017 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Yes, more SJW garbage, their sorrow is my pleasure.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:47 30/03/2017 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Light is played by white guy: OHEMGEEE WHITEWASHING! IN ORIGINAL HE"S ASIAN, SO HE SHOULD BE PLAYED BY ASIAN *mouth frothing*
    L is played by black guy: [sounds of crickets]

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:02 30/03/2017 # ! Good (+0.8)

    Oh shit I just realized a white guy is gonna kill a black guy and get away with it. It all makes sense now!

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:32 30/03/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    That's only if they choose to cover Mello and Near. Else this could just be like the Japanese movies where L is the one who takes Light down, just at the cost of his own life.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:17 30/03/2017 # ! Good (+0.6)

    The Japanese actually don't give a fuck about this or ghost in the shell's casting. Most of the whitewashing complaints come from other white people.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:01 01/04/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    The fact that SJWs cares isn't strange - they always need to whine about any new big movie/tv-series/game to get headlines and try to push their political agenda.

    However, I'm amazed people with some real interest in anime gives a shit about any live action movie - The amount of decent live action adaptions of anime/manga-titles is null, they don't exist.

    I don't know of a single live action movie adaption that's even worth the time it takes to watch it.

    99.9% of the cases, Live Action adaptions suck donkey balls - no matter if the cast is Asian or white - so why the hell would you give a shit if GITS or Deathnote is whitewashed?

    It's going to be a horrible shitshow no matter who's playing the leads. Live action adaptions is like when you read a book and then watch the movie and you just notice how horribly bad the adaption is... multiplied with 1000.

    So why do people who regularly watch anime give a shit?

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:55 01/04/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Because we hope? With the ever increasing number of adaptations at least one should be decent. Even if it is RND.

    It is a sea of turds though...

    As for whining. It is fun to watch both camps whine. SJW whine about something and soon enough the conservative curmudgeons follow with their own. Happens without fail. Ying & yang.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:21 30/03/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    So, Oshii lobotomized The Major in the first movie reducing her to "Spawn With Tits" and the public is still jerking off to that shit.

    That said, SAC was much better, but the could have cranked up the intensity, but still much better than the shit movie.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:17 31/03/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    lol are you whining that you didn't get your boat orgy scene or something

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:51 01/04/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    YES!

    Comment by Anonymous

    So? I care! Just like most English dubs blows. Like Motoko be Japanese. And she NOT "The Major".

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:09 30/03/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    I care about the story, not exactly about what race plays what role, but ghost in the shell takes place in Japan, Mokoto IS Japanese, her background is what makes her what she is, and a big part of the story were the refugees and how that acted around the Japanese.

    Death Note took place in Japan, although it's story just works better based in the U.S. considering Japan has one of the lowest crime rates

    Comment by Anonymous

    Its just, johanson is awful atress. Her limit is an episodic role in game of dicks.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:40 30/03/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    these same people probably defended the race bending in Attack on Titan and Full Metal Alchemist

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    Comment by Shn275
    00:34 31/03/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Guess your dumbass didn't realize that those films were/are being made for a JAPANESE audience,huh!? Japan's film industry ain't like Hollywood, they make films for themselves while HW is meant for global consumption.

    Not only that, there's not enough Europeans in Japan that can speak fluent Japanese & can actually act. Less than 5% of Japan's population is non-Japanese with less than 1% being non-Asian (i.e. black, white, hispanic, etc.).

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:55 31/03/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Dafuq is that logic? So India's HW just makes films for themselves?

    Post sales of AoT and FMA on japan alone please and tell me it's mainly for the japs. Otherwise you're full of shit.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:59 30/03/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Was wondering the fuck with that myself. L could legit have been played by a white actor and it would have been fine. What with him actually having been white. I guess at least they brought in some colour?

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:07 30/03/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Because Light is light and L is black! White and black, yin and yang, etc, but Light is actually bringing dark while L fighting for the light! Get it?!

    ...or something like this was in their empty heads when they created this abomination.

    Comment by Anonymous

    They were probably like, Light is an evil oppresive whitey, so his arch-rival has to be black, etc, etc.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:24 01/04/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    White washing, Death note should be Portrait by a Black gay,lesbian,transgender,bisexual people.

    or it is racist! haha

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:04 03/04/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    whu..what? How stupid are you?

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:26 30/03/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    L is black he should be Samuel L Jackson

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:24 30/03/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Samuel L Jackson is smarter than that, I hope.

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    Comment by Shn275
    00:43 31/03/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Samuel L. Jackson played the detective Akai in that Kite live-action film so...

    Love Sam Jackson's work, but that was a very bad role to take. Personally, if they made Mezzo Forte into a film, he'd be perfect as the black dude in that.

    Comment by Anonymous

    If he was smarter he wouldn't have threatened to move to another country over an election.

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    Comment by Rawbeard
    04:51 30/03/2017 # ! Good (+0.6)

    people need to grow the fuck up

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:57 31/03/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    They cling to it like hipsters captain! What do we do?!

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:11 30/03/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    fucking agreed

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:27 30/03/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ditto

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:34 30/03/2017 # ! Good (+0.6)

    they already made one with Asian actors and it sucked.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:38 30/03/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    What a surprise. Not.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:37 31/03/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Japs live action sucks....A classic.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:16 30/03/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    The third movie was pretty good though~

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:21 30/03/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Ironically, the people who complains about whitewashing about these live action anime adaptations are fucking white people. WHO. FUCKING. CARES. It's gonna suck regardless.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:18 30/03/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Petitioning against someone adapting something according to their designs, I swear to god these are fucking children.

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    Comment by GreyToshiaki
    04:46 30/03/2017 # ! Good (+0.4)

    All those people are just disgusting weebs.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:07 01/04/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Nah, 90-99% of the people making a stink have no fucking clue about anime - they're just trying to earn Social Justice points by showing their friends how "aware" they are.

    They don't care about anime, they don't care about GITS, they don't care about the movie (which is going to suck no matter what actors they use btw) - they just care about making themselves look like "good people" - and about force-feeding their political agenda down the throats of everyone else while sending the message "You gotta pay your dues to us or we will give you bad PR!" to the rest of Hollywood.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:32 30/03/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    This is stupid. It's people needing to be outraged for the sake of being outraged. It's not whitewashing. It's only whitewashing if the character is suppose to be Asian in this adaption, and is played by a Caucasian. The character is specifically written to be a white boy.

    It's funny that it's mostly white people screaming whitewashing.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Your comment is funny because you apparently don't understand what "whitewashing" is. They are taking source material where the characters are CLEARLY one race, and CHANGING IT so major characters can be white. Is that not a textbook example of whitewashing or are you just being willfully ignorant to upset to troll?
    It doesn't matter if white people are complaining, maybe people grew to like the characters with their original ethnicity, and dislike someone changing that because hollywood is scared casuals will be frightened away by other ethnicities.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:47 30/03/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    It's not whitewashing because it's an ADAPTATION. It isn't as if the plot of the original was natively Japanese, that it needs to be played by Japanese actors. Same with The Office, where they changed the British actors with American actors. Oh, but suddenly it's offensive when you do it with colored people isn't it? Fuck off.

    By the by, L, one of the most important characters in the series, is black. Whitewashing my ass.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:45 30/03/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Those white fanboys don't own the IP.

    The Japanese writer, illustrator, and the publisher owns the IP, and they signed off on the project. Their thoughts are the only ones that matter.

    Everyone else kicking up a stink about it are just children throwing a tantrum and trying to bully the creators into giving into their racist fanboy demands.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:41 30/03/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    These are probably the same people whining that Iron Fist should be Asian cause he knows martial arts. Fucking political correct pieces of shits.

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    Comment by darkjoe400
    16:16 30/03/2017 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Idiots don't even know the character is white in the comics too. The white washing bitching is getting out of hand nowadays.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:18 30/03/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Never bend to SJW's. No matter what you do, it's not good enough. No actions taken are good enough and no apology is good enough. They'll keep pushing until they've sanitized everything they can get their hands on and when they happens everything will suck because you can't do "this" or "that" or show or talk about certain things. They won't stop until they've castrated artistic expression and control what people think.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:33 30/03/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    One hundred million flies can't be wrong: Eat shit.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:58 30/03/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.3)

    People just like to bitch

    and anime fans are the bitchiest...shut the fuck up and let them release it, if it's good anime will get more exposure and more will be made so you can whack off to it.

    Jesus christ keds these days cry about EVERYTHING

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:01 31/03/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Correction, calling them 'anime fans' is misleading. They haven't watched enough anime to render rationality in their thoughts and actions. Likely, these are new blood and casually watching anime just to be in the loop.

    They are not anime fans. Call them casuals. They share the same traits from the same people on different media.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:50 30/03/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Funny how the very same people would bend over backwards if the Japanese did it with foreigner characters *cough* Attack on Titan *cough*.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:23 30/03/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    If it was a Japanese made film, filmed in Japan, then that I imagine it'd be kinda understandable because it'd be hard to find actors/actresses who fit the role and can speak Japanese.

    But when you live in MULTICULTURAL DIVERSE PARADISE like the West, surely they can find actors that match the original characters?

    The problem is when they completely rewrite the original setting and shit to be Western. If we're so amazingly diverse like they never shut up about, just stay accurate to the original, or write a new story.

    It'd be way more interesting to see a new story set in the same universe, than the original regurgitated story again. It's like having to play through the whole fucking Dragon Ball Z story every time a new DBZ game comes out.

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    Comment by darkjoe400
    14:48 30/03/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Are you fucking serious? Damn people are so pathetic nowadays. Creators already gave them the thumbs up. Who the fuck are these whinny assholes?

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:48 30/03/2017 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    There's 2 possibilities for why Ghost In The Shell was "white washed".
    1. Is because of the whole China and Japan fued. China is where movies truly sell. If China would see a film with a Japanese lead they would have cast one.

    2. Major looks white in the anime. It takes place in a world where Japan and America are infused in culture.

    Now as for Death Note...
    It's an adaption. It takes place in America... in American High Schools... There is a video up where Japanese people react to the trailer, and no one seemed surprised that a white person was playing him. No one seemed upset. So why is America getting so upset that Japanese culture isn't being "represented" in an American adaption of a film...? Someone actually said "Asians need to be represented in the film industry". Uh... Jackie Chan single handedly made, and starred in over 100 films... You couldn't see a film without Jet Li in it for the longest time. Asian actors have been popular, and prominent for years. Every race is found in tv shows, and movies. Chill out America.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:19 30/03/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    3. It was easier to use an actress repeatedly typecasted into popular, recent "strong female" roles.

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    Comment by Popov
    19:32 30/03/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    GITS cost more than 100 millions $, so they want a famous actress for the main character.

    I can't name a single famous asian Hollywood actress.

    Maybe that's why we have Scarlett.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:44 31/03/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    >Maybe that's why we have Scarlett.

    Maybe that's why Hollywood is racist.
    Black people play black roles, White people play white roles - but get a film with Asians in the source material... noooo they have to be White too....

    And as for 08:48 anon - Jackie and Jet haven't been lead role actors in a Hollywood film in years, their 90's/00's fad period is long gone. They're doing more work in Chinese films now, I'm surprised you don't know more about that...

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:06 31/03/2017 # ! Neutral (0)

    Remember the time Edge of Tomorrow was released? No? Funny, Tom Cruise worked well in that movie and I vaguely remember the source material has a japanese dude in a halo outfit. What's your point? Japanese adaptations suck too and that's in their own turf I might add.






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