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'Airbender' reopens race debate 
4th-Jul-2010 10:53 pm
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After reading so many articles based on M. Night's faulty understanding of the issues at hand, it's nice to see an article that actually gets the history that M. Night seems to keep overlooking.

http://www.boston.com/ae/movies/articles/2010/07/04/last_airbender_opens_debate_on_race/

I'm sending him an e-mail to thank him.
Comments 
5th-Jul-2010 06:38 am (UTC)
Now THIS is a well-written article! Everyone should thank them, I am going to.
5th-Jul-2010 06:48 am (UTC)
I also love that fail!comments are called out for their stupidity! \o/
5th-Jul-2010 07:34 am (UTC)
"It in no way has any, let me repeat, ANY Asian connection."

"Second, the water tribe is mostly populated by blonde haired, blue eyed people in the cartoon. Last I checked, these are traits that are dominant in caucasians."

I can't.
5th-Jul-2010 07:54 am (UTC)
Yeah, it's just so... WHAT?! lol

But thank goodness due to the fail people are more likely to see what's wrong with it and speaking their minds. I'm seeing ignorant denial less and less! :'D
5th-Jul-2010 12:22 pm (UTC)
I don't even want to comment on the second one.

But "Avatar is an American cartoon created by two caucasian Americans. It in no way has any, let me repeat, ANY Asian connection" is completely stupid. Even if you ignore the Asian and Inuit clothing, names, architecture, and written language, it still gets a connection for being animated in Korea.

This person's comments are physically painful to read.
5th-Jul-2010 12:32 pm (UTC)
Now this guy is debating how DBZ made Goku a white guy. /facepalm
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5th-Jul-2010 02:07 pm (UTC)
I saw no Irish or English cultural references except maybe to imperialism.

Which isn't necessarily a European cultural reference. Some Asian cultures were imperialist, too, most recently Japan during the Meiji Restoration and WWII.
5th-Jul-2010 02:39 pm (UTC)
Avatar is an American cartoon created by two caucasian Americans

Why can't people see that their race has nothing to do w/ this? They did a little thing called RESEARCH, and took it very seriously.
5th-Jul-2010 06:44 pm (UTC)
"Avatar is an American cartoon created by two caucasian Americans"

And the popular anime Fullmetal Alchemist was created by a Japanese female artist! Same with Black Lagoon (male Japanese artist), and Record of Lodoss War (male Japanese writer).

Let's argue that these works have NO indication of any Western influences whatsoever! :/

5th-Jul-2010 09:47 pm (UTC)
But don't you know? All anime/manga characters are white, because they have big eyes and Japanese people would never, ever put Japanese characters in their own entertainment.
5th-Jul-2010 11:36 pm (UTC)
Of course!
And even if the anime itself shows that the are characters running around in kimonos, eating with chopsticks, being in a bamboo forest, AND in samurai armor, THEY ARE STILL WHITE!!111 :D

(Oh ow... that hurt to type...)
5th-Jul-2010 11:36 pm (UTC)
*there are. Oi... ><;
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5th-Jul-2010 01:59 pm (UTC)
TV (even in America) also has a slightly better track record when it comes to casting men of colour and women from all backgrounds. It is a sign of hope, and I wish the movie industry will learn from TV ratings that audiences WILL pay for a blockbuster movie without a white guy lead...and that that movie's success won't be an exception to the rule.
5th-Jul-2010 02:06 pm (UTC)
I find it kind of sad that NPR, The Washington Post, and various other publications devoted one question during their interviews with M. Night to Racebending, then accepted his answer as enough justification. It took the Boston Globe to actually delve into the history of racefail.

I'm feeling the urge to link all the other publications to this article with the comment "Here's the research you should've done."
5th-Jul-2010 02:37 pm (UTC)
Just sent Mr. Aucoin an article thanking him for being pretty much the only journalist thus far to write an article on racebending.
5th-Jul-2010 04:19 pm (UTC)
To be honest? I'm highly tempted to do that anyway. There's no excuse not to do the research when it's literally a Google search away.
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6th-Jul-2010 01:24 am (UTC)
Sort of a copypasta that everyone can send en masse?
5th-Jul-2010 03:52 pm (UTC)
As much as I'm not a big fan of the Boston Globe, this is one of the best articles on the issue I've read lately. It really covered the issue in depth.
5th-Jul-2010 05:23 pm (UTC)
Just commented as "Miss Troy". As for the bonehead's comments? That's the globe's website for you. Every time there's an article about the President the place turns into a KKK rally, its sickening.
6th-Jul-2010 01:54 am (UTC)
Aside from some of the numbskull nay-sayers in the comments, I'm foaming at the Take-2 video review. Apparently, the issue of the casting is "moot" because it's "4 white people in a sea of Asians."
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