Controversy has once again gripped social media following the announcement that the part of Stitch in the upcoming live-action Lilo and Stitch Disney film will be played by Scarlett Johansson.
Many are not pleased that the role will be taken by Scarlett, known best for her work in various Marvel movies and a limited-release adaptation of Cluedo.
“It’s the ultimate in cultural appropriation,” claimed Dean Lulworthy, a long-time advocate for social justice with almost fifty followers on Twitter. “First she took the part of Motoko in Ghost in the Shell, despite not being Japanese. That was bad enough. But now… now she’s appropriating the role of a whole other species, one that’s not even native to this planet! All I expect is that casting should remain true to the cultural origins of the part. Is a little effort too much to ask for from Hollywood these days?”
Others have pointed out that, though a talented actress, Ms Johansson might struggle to realistically play the part of a three-foot tall alien that resembles a blue, less-stupid koala.
Some, though, have heralded the move as a bold one. “Scarlett’s really good at what she does, very versatile,” gushed Helena Hanbascet, “and I’ve got no doubt she can really bring the character to life. After all, she did really well in the Avengers movies as Black Widow, and she isn’t even a spider.”