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New Scarlett Johansson Film Ensnared in `Whitewashing` Controversy


“Whitewashing” is the term currently used to describe the Hollywood practice of casting white actors in non-white character roles. It is being used in a severe critique of actress Scarlett Johansson and the film in which she appears, “Ghost in the Shell,” which opened this past weekend.

The Media Action Network for Asian Americans (MANAA), a group that monitors the depiction and coverage of Asian Americans in the media, issued a statement condemning the casting of Johansson in the new movie.

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