So, in an attempt to prove this wasn't white-washing the character of Major, the filmmakers decided to... white-wash Major? No seriously that's the twist, Scarlett finds out she used to be an Asian girl named Motoko, is this commentary on white-washing? Well, no because she never acknowledges that she was forced to be a different race. Scarlett also stays as Scarlett in the end, despite the obvious "out" they could've used. Sure, even if she reclaimed her identity, even if they had an Asian actress by the end, the film would still have an air of crappiness attached, just because it'd be easier to just give an Asian woman this role, but they could've made it worked. Imagine if they made the villains the only other white characters? Imagine if Motoko being turned white was to make a statement on Hollywood? Have the ending reveal Motoko has reclaimed her original appearance, make the villains state they turned her white because they viewed that as superior, see? Now there's context, now there's weight, now it works to an extent. Doing that wouldn't be perfect, but it would mean that they understood our complaints, it would mean our hero would end the film as she's meant to look, as an Asian woman, which would make her journey to find out the truth complete. Instead the movie acts like race means nothing, which can't be ignored when the race has been changed, while the movie decides to make that change an awfully dumb plot point.
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Written by Octaviano Macias