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Scarlett Johansson Uses Same Old Line To Defend ‘Ghost In The Shell’ Casting Controversy

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Scarlett Johansson has addressed the casting controversy surrounding her new film, “Ghost in the Shell,” for a second time.


In an interview with Michael Strahan on “Good Morning America,” the actress defended her role, saying, “This character is living a very unique experience, she is a human brain in an entirely machine body, she is essentially identity-less.”


Johansson’s casting in the film, which is based on Masamune Shirow’s popular Japanese comic, has sparked plenty of controversy since it was first announced. The actress plays Major (known in the comic as Major Motoko Kusanagi), who has traditionally been portrayed as an Asian woman. The film has been accused of whitewashing Asian characters on multiple occasions, but the actress and the film’s producer continue to defend it.


“I would never attempt to play a person of a different race,” Johansson told Strahan. “Hopefully any question that comes up of my casting will hopefully be answered by audiences when they see the film.”


Johansson’s comments very closely echo the responses she gave to Marie Claire earlier this year. She told the magazine almost the exact same thing:“I certainly would never presume to play another race of a person. Diversity is important in Hollywood, and I would never want to feel like I was playing a character that was offensive.”


In both that Marie Claire interview and on “GMA,” Johansson seemingly turned the conversation toward sexism in Hollywood.


“I’m not afraid to say what I feel is right just because I think I might face criticism, or some people might not like me,” she said on “GMA.” “If fighting for women’s rights, if that will mean some people don’t want to buy a ticket to see ‘Ghost in [the] Shell,’ then I’m okay with that.”


Of course, Hollywood’s inequality problem is one that needs to be discussed, but as we’ve said before, celebrating her casting in a major franchise as a win for equality in Hollywood as opposed to speaking about the real issue at hand ―whitewashing in the industry ― is another case of white feminism.


The problem with Johansson’s reasoning is this: it’s not necessarily her feminist activism that might stop people from seeing “Ghost in the Shell.” It’s instead the fact that many people don’t wish to support an industry that casts a white woman in a role plenty of Asian actresses could have could filled.


Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Tom Hanks, Tracy Morgan, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Michael Moore, Padma Lakshmi and a whole host of other stars are teaming up for Stand for Rights: A Benefit for the ACLU. Donate now and join us at 7 p.m.ET on Friday, March 31, on Facebook Live. #standforrights2017




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Anthony Anderson Says Racial Issues In ‘Black-Ish’ Are Based On His Real Life


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The Johnson family in the hit sitcom “Black-ish” may be fictional, but to Anthony Anderson, the show’s storyline is far from contrived.


In an AOL Build interview on Friday, the show’s executive producer told host Ricky Camilleri that “Black-ish” is based on experiences from his and creator Kenya Barris’ real lives as first-generation affluent black fathers. Anderson said the authenticity of the show is why it resonates with so many audiences, regardless of race.


“We don’t allow anyone to dictate us, the stories that we tell or whatnot,” he said. “We just tell the stories that we want to tell, the stories that we feel affect us individually and as a community at large.”


Anderson noted that though the writers touch on topical issues at times ― like police brutality in the “Hope” episode or the election in the “Lemon” episode ― their goal isn’t to be timely, but to explore the issues that affect them personally.


“We just are authentic to who we are and to the stories that we tell and we just pull these things from our lives,” he said. “We don’t hide the fact that the family doesn’t happen to be black. This is a beautiful black family and we tell these stories from their perspective. But they’re stories that we all in this room, from every walk of life, have dealt with. You’re just getting it from the Johnson family perspective, but you get it, like, ‘Yo, I went through the same thing. I’m going through the same thing.’”


Watch Anderson’s entire AOL Build interview in the video above.

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Chrissy Teigen Claps Back At Fox News For Tagging Her In Tweet


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Chrissy Teigenhas long been vocal on Twitter, getting in spats with Piers Morgan and slamming President Donald Trump. So when she was tagged in a tweet by Fox News,it made sense that she wouldn’t hold back her dissatisfaction.


The right-leaning news organization shared a tweet about the recent United Airlines leggings controversyusing Teigen’s handle and a photo of her. Previously, the left-leaning model and cookbook author had beenone of many celebrities who called out the airlinefor hassling a reportedly 10-year-old girl for wearing leggings while attempting to board a flight.


Here’s the Fox News tweet:



.@chrissyteigen speaks out against @united for banning girls from boarding their flight because they wore leggings. https://t.co/MfJossREO7 pic.twitter.com/h38GMWJL2B

— Fox News (@FoxNews) March 27, 2017


Teigen wasn’t impressed. The mother-of-one fired back with this gem:



@FoxNews I respectfully ask you please don't ever tag me in anything, ever. Words cannot explain how much I detest you.

— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) March 27, 2017


Plenty of folks replied to the tweet, praising Teigen for her response. Of course, a few also criticized the “Lip Sync Battle” host; one Twitter user called her a “cry baby.”


Naturally, Teigen rose above her haters, retweeting some of their best shots and even using one as her new Twitter header photo.



changed my header pic.twitter.com/patsd9Cnbm

— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) March 28, 2017


Thank you, Chrissy, for tweeting.





Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Tom Hanks, Tracy Morgan, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Michael Moore, Padma Lakshmi and a whole host of other stars are teaming up for Stand for Rights: A Benefit for the ACLU. Donate now and join us at 7 p.m. ET on Friday, March 31, on Facebook Live. #standforrights2017




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Wiz Khalifa’s Visit To Pablo Escobar’s Grave Infuriates Medillin Mayor


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Rapper Wiz Khalifa took a few moments during a South American trip to visit the grave of murderous drug lord Pablo Escobar. He posted photos of the tombstone with flowers and what appears to be a joint on Instagram— and a picture of himself smoking at the graveside.


Colombians were not impressed.


Medillin Mayor Federico Gutirrez lashed the 29-year-old Pittsburgh rapper — who performed a concert in Medillin last week— as a “scoundrel” and demanded an apology,the BBC reported. “It shows that this guy has never had to suffer from the violence inflicted by these drug traffickers,” said Gutirrez, who added that Khalifa should have left flowers for Escobar’s victims. The mayor said Khalifa won’t be welcome back in town unless he apologizes, the Pittsbugh Post-Gazette reported.


Khalifa also posed for an Instagram shot in front of Escobar’s former home.


Twitter and Colombian newspapers joined Gutirrez in piling on the rapper for his drug-lord pilgrimage.



A post shared by Wiz Khalifa (@wizkhalifa) on Mar 25, 2017 at 8:38am PDT





A post shared by Wiz Khalifa (@wizkhalifa) on Mar 25, 2017 at 8:38am PDT




Escobar and his Medillin cartel are believed responsible for as many as 4,000 deaths before Escobar was killed in 1993.


Bogata newspaper El Espectador blasted Khalifa’s “gaffe”and said it “reopened the profound pain that narcotrafficking has left that city.” The newspaper’s editor was gunned down in 1986 in an assassination linked to the cartels, and El Espectador’s office was bombed in 1989 by the Medillin cartel, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette noted.



This is not cool. @wizkhalifa Pablo Escobar is a murderer dude, did you not get the memo on that? https://t.co/DrXwwXnrPc

— The Nico Life (@The_Nico_Life) March 27, 2017



It's embarrassing that @wizkhalifa honors Pablo Escobar. What a lack of respect with the people of Colombia: https://t.co/RPWgptTIHp

— José Miguel Quintero (@JosMiguelQuinte) March 27, 2017



.@wizkhalifa Colombians aren't proud as you are of a murder and narco like Pablo Escobar. Show more respect. Colombia isn't Pablo Escobar... pic.twitter.com/wTWihq0mC4

— Pablo JaramilloVasco (@PabloJlloVasco) March 27, 2017



Wiz Khalifa is a fool for going to Pablo Escobar's grave and leaving flowers. Don't blame the government for wanting to make him apologise

— paolo (@lewzealandlover) March 27, 2017


Khalifa hasn’t yet responded to the outpouring of anger.


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