No one can enjoy anything anymore. That’s the basic principal ethos that governs the mindset of the typical Social Justice Warrior NPC. If you like big ‘ole anime tiddies, it has to be censored. If you like cabaret with a tinge of sexy-time, it must be castigated. And if you enjoy Japanese anime because it isn’t corrupted and bespeckled with the taint of Western sociopolitical propaganda, well then it must be dragged across the cursed landscape social media by blue-checkmarks and media-rag busybodies until it’s a “diversity” (read: non-white) ridden utopia heavily pushing the SJW agenda to the forefront of the medium.
The SJW NPCs are already pining for race-swapping to take place in a show that practically has no info available for it other than that it’s going to be 10 episodes and air on Netflix.
Syfy.com got the ball rolling (yes, the one based on the cable television channel), complaining about whites for the potential casting of Netflix’s live-action remake of the anime Cowboy Bebop, following Netflix’s announcement of the show on November 28th, 2018.
Syfy contributor Kayleigh Donaldson attempted to appeal to the producers working on the live-action rendition for Netflix, writing…
“We can accept change, but there’s one thing we won’t stand for: Do not whitewash this show.
“We know the excuses that would be used if an all-white Cowboy Bebop show was announced and we don’t buy them for a second. This is a show that was heavily inspired by Americana and the Western. To Western eyes, the characters are not specifically coded as Asian (although it has been well documented that one of the main inspirations for Spike was Japanese actor Yasaku Matsuda).”
Donaldson’s rant came shortly after Netflix announced the live-action show, but in the original tweet they didn’t say anything about the race of the characters, whitewashing, or even who was cast to play in the show. It’s literally just a teaser with a follow-up tweet announcing that the anime’s original show creator, Shinichiro Watanabe, will be working with the crew as a consultant.
— NX (@NXOnNetflix) November 28, 2018
Nevertheless, Donaldson would go on to harangue viciously like a bladeless samurai chopping away at a strawman, saying…
“Yes, this is a show about humanity spreading across the galaxy and that was never limited to one race. But these defenses come with obvious blind spots. Cowboy Bebop is American-inspired, but America does not instantly equal white. Nothing about Spike and the Bebop crew is defined by whiteness, so why the eagerness to assert them as such? Besides, wouldn’t it be weird if the Earth’s entire population scattered throughout the stars and the show only cared about white people? We’ve seen that story before, and there’s no excuse for expanding your imagination to the outer realms of the universe and having the default mode for heroism still be white. But this is an issue that goes far beyond Cowboy Bebop.”
Donaldson then proceeds to bring up how Ghost in the Shell was “whitewashed”, and also how Netflix’s Death Note abomination was also “whitewashed”, even though the show blackwashed the character ‘L’.
Donaldson would attempt to turn the discussion into an economic one, writing…
“Hollywood’s whiteness problem isn’t just ethically questionable: It’s creatively bankrupt and actively bad for business.”
Many of these properties pushing the diversity agenda that attempt to “get woke” also end up going broke, literally. This is precisely why the Get Woke, Go Broke Master List keeps growing.
Pride also jumped in on the token whitewashing diatribe, rolling out a list of tweets from fellow social media social-activists complaining about the show’s lack of “diversity” despite the fact that no one knows what the casting will be like.
I think it's fair if people are apprehensive about the Netflix live action adaptation of Cowboy Bebop given their track record with Japanese live action adaptations. I'm personally really apprehensive because I'm worried about potential white washing of any PoC in Bebop's cast.
— Kazuma Hashimoto (@JusticeKazzy_) November 28, 2018
i don’t want a Cowboy Bebop live action anything because they’re gonna
1) whitewash Ed
2) completely miss the tone of the original
3) idris elba won’t be Jet and thats a goddamn travesty
— Jack (@newt__noot) November 28, 2018
They end on a note almost goading Netflix to color-wash Cowboy Bebop as if it were being taken to a laundromat with the detergent replaced with several bags of Skittles, writing…
“We’ll try to be open-minded and optimistic, but considering all the whitewashing that’s already happened in Western, live-action adaptations of many beloved anime series, we’re not really that optimistic…”
Decider was also running defense for this idea that the show’s quality should be measured by how dark the skin tone of the cast will be, writing…
“Cowboy Bebop is not something that can be half-assed. The ideal live-action production would need a vast budget (to handle all of the exotic colonies and space stations peppered throughout the solar system), a multi-cultural cast (to reflect the diverse backgrounds visibly represented in the original series), and writers who can juggle high concept storytelling with emotional reality (to make Bebop feel like, well, Bebop).
“In the past, Netflix has had an iffy track record with adapting anime and sci-fi. Consider the white-washing controversies at the centers of both Death Note and Altered Carbon. Also, as daring and dazzling as Altered Carbon could be, it was also messy at times. […]”
IndieWire also appears to speak on behalf of anime fans who likely never delegated them to speak on behalf of anime, and in doing so they also jump to pushing against this idea of “whitewashing” the main characters, who for all intents and purposes within the anime look white, writing…
“The streaming giant announced in September it was making a live-action “Avatar: The Last Airbender,” based on the popular Nickelodeon series of the same name. Original showrunners Michael DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko vowed the Netflix live-action series would be “culturally appropriate” and feature a “non-whitewashed cast,” which “Cowboy Bepop” fans can only hope happens with this new series.”
Vice tried to take a shot at the show for something it hasn’t even done yet by going at it with an angle that requires more deciphering than the plot of Christopher Nolan’s Memento, with Meckett Mufson writing…
“The idea of a live-action Bebop is exciting, but Netflix’s record with anime adaptations doesn’t exactly bode well for this trailblazer. Live-action anime tends to cram too many plot points or too much fan service into visually stunning but bloated behemoths. Or it can whitewash and transform the original so much that it loses what made the thing great to begin with, like Ghost in the Shell or M. Night Shyamalan’s Avatar: The Last Airbender. “
So wait, adding Indian people to the cast is now whitewashing? Does this mean that if they replace a white person in the cast of Cowboy Bebop with an Indian person that it now becomes whitewashed or yellow-washed? But if an Indian – who could also be classified as Asian – makes something whitewashed and apparently not “diverse” enough, does it mean adding a Japanese lead to Cowboy Bebop would be whitewashing a show that originated from Japan?
This is going to require some complexion calculus…
Some melanin multiplications…
And some pigmentation polynomials….
Given Netflix’s penchant for race-swapping characters – usually to purposefully anger fans like in the case of the upcoming live-action series based on The Witcher, where Triss and Yennefer have both been race-swapped – it’s likely that the company will stick to pushing the diversity agenda hot and heavy even with the live-action, anime-themed space romp based on Cowboy Bebop.
(Thanks for the news tip ennis)