In the Wash: Fighting Appropriation
5:00 PM, Sunday 16 Apr 2017 (1 hour)
Dinner 06:00 PM to 07:30 PM (1 hour 30 minutes)
Swan Room, Black
Controversy over the casting of Scarlett Johansson in the anime adaptation Ghost in the Shell has sparked renewed debate over the prevalence of ‘white-washing’ in Hollywood: the process of casting white actors in roles originally intended or developed for people of colour. There should be no debate that proper representation of all ethnicities in popular culture is important, so why does Hollywood continue to reject opportunities to cast race-appropriate actors in so many key roles? What should the rules be for adapting another country or culture’s stories in a new context?