This is Part 4 of the series Leaked: Corporations Send Death Note To Asians. Go back to see Leaked: Corporations Send Death Note To Asians (Part 1), Leaked: Corporations Send Death Note To Asians (Part 2) and Leaked: Corporations Send Death Note To Asians (Part 3)
There seems to be no end in sight to these mass killings of Asians at the hands of these corporations.
With the release of the trailer for Death Note, another Japanese manga turned anime turned Japanese film, it was revealed that the next victim of this Asian genocide is Light Yagami.
In his attempted trek from Japan to the United States he was ruthlessly murdered and replaced with Light Turner, played by Nat Wolff.
Yet another white actor continuing the recent string of the whitewashing of Asians in Hollywood.
Edward Zo, an Asian American actor was told that,
“…they were not looking to see Asian actors for the role of Light Yagami. Yeah in 2015 this kind of blatant racism is happening.”
This time the perpetrator was, Netflix.
As Michael Arias, a Tokyo-based filmmaker and the first American director of a Japanese anime puts it,
“The tendency in Hollywood is for productions to be much like the proverbial bull in the china shop in terms of mentality toward the source material, a bit insensitive to the culture of manga and anime”.
Again the owner has the right to do what they want with their property but as we’ve seen regardless of whether they stay true to the source material or deviate from it the end result remains the same, the erasure of Asians from Asian culture.
And they are starting to see some pushback.
A Care2 petition was started online to boycott the Netflix adaptation of Death Note, and it has already been signed by more than 15,000 people.
Arguments have been made that these corporations don’t care about race and they only care about making the best possible film and the most amount of money.
The Last Airbender, The Great Wall, Aloha, Dragon Ball: Evolution, Speed Racer, and now Ghost in the Shell are examples from just the last 9 years that have whitewashed Asians.
For the most part this whitewashing has caused these films to suffer both critically and at the box office.
Yet come August they will try again with Death Note.
Despite its newfound love affair for Asian culture the hidden message has been leaked and confirmed, Hollywood has sent a death note to Asians.