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Finally- "Yellow Face" Avatar Documentary Released! 
16th-Jul-2010 12:12 am
I hope I wasn't the only one waiting for this to come out!

So many sad comments. Luckily, there are some people whose comments lifted me up (but are they enough?). Geez... the guy asking the interviewers what they're doing in America... ugh. And not to sound racist, but the black people who were okay with Jackson possibly donning yellowface? LOL @ at the guy who tried to defend the casting ("To their credit..."???), but then he became speechless when he saw the "Caucasian or any other ethnicity" casting sheets. Ugh, Mickey Rooney. I've never seen the actual clip until now. I've only heard about it. I feel as if I'm about to vomit. All of the other yellowface movie clips are just as bad. LOL @ the casting assistant trying to explain the situation. "Well, you see, what happened was..."
17th-Jul-2010 09:50 pm (UTC)
This would have been helpful 2 weeks ago when I was talking to pro-casters. I like the ending though; shows that The Last Airbender isn't the end and there's still a long road ahead of us.
17th-Jul-2010 09:55 pm (UTC)
Why specifically two weeks ago? Because of the movie's release date? This documentary would've actually been helpful at least an entire year ago, ha ha.

Though I disagree with the idea that The Last Airbender is using yellowface (but yellowface, and any other -face, is definitely a no-no). It's really racebending, since they're not using makeup to look Asian. It'd be really weird if the African Earth Kingdom citizens had makeup on like Eddie Murphy.
17th-Jul-2010 09:58 pm (UTC)
Well, before the movie's release date is what I meant. Momo is giving me the stink-eye and I'm kinda frightened.
17th-Jul-2010 10:00 pm (UTC)
LOLZ, Momo is for the whole yellowface thing, and the weirdness of black people in yellowface (not to sound racist, but Eddie just looked awful, as anyone -facing). How'd you debate with procasters before the release?
17th-Jul-2010 10:09 pm (UTC)
It wasn't really debate than just sassy comments. Kinda the story of my life.
17th-Jul-2010 10:31 pm (UTC)
"Geez... the guy asking the interviewers what they're doing in America... ugh."
That's whole scene is a bit disjointed, for me, and it ends so abruptly. What was said after that? It just feels like he was cut off at just the right moment to sound stupid –or even more stupid. Aside from that, it's just really effing annoying hearing this guy defend the casting/whitewashing.
17th-Jul-2010 10:38 pm (UTC)
I did wonder if the scene was in some way taken out of context, but with him going crazy about people being "politically correct," I doubt that. I hate it when people complain about others being P.C. If being politically correct means treating all people equally, feeling empathy for them, and letting them play their own characters in a movie, then sign me up.
18th-Jul-2010 04:03 am (UTC)
If being politically correct means treating all people equally, feeling empathy for them, and letting them play their own characters in a movie, then sign me up.

May I use this as a sig quote and a favorite quote and just basically spread it around teh Interweb wherever I go? With proper attribution, natch.
I've always wanted a nice come-back to people who mock political correctness.
19th-Jul-2010 03:47 am (UTC)
Go ahead! Anyone may use it. I was hoping I'd get support :).

I know, whenever someone says something racist, they act surprised when people voice their opinions against it and immediately call others' reactions as being politically correct.

"Man, I sure want to hang that black guy."
"Dude, what the hell? That's racist!"
"Oh, come on, don't be politically correct."

Mike did an interview with a conservative radio talk show host a few weeks ago, and the host asked him if the word "Inuit" was PC for "Eskimos." What the hell?
18th-Jul-2010 04:11 am (UTC)
Seconding the request to spread that quote around the internet! It needs to be heard in every corner of the world!


Edited at 2010-07-18 04:11 am (UTC)
19th-Jul-2010 03:46 am (UTC)
Go ahead! :)
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19th-Jul-2010 03:47 am (UTC)
*High fives back!* LOL, Sokka's butt.
18th-Jul-2010 11:35 pm (UTC)
I've seen the raw footage for that little scene. There's really no context lost; it was just such a shocking thing for someone to say that it made for a strong transition.
18th-Jul-2010 01:44 am (UTC)
The montage of yellowface from the past and the ones to come at the end of this are just hair-raising - it's such a slap in the face for an apathetic "post-racial" public: "Look at these things that happened are were awful, right? / Right. / Well, it happened ten years ago. Five years ago. Last year. This year. Next year. The one after that. In three years this will happen again."
18th-Jul-2010 04:07 am (UTC)
In part 3, when the curator was talking about how the ideal of the family is used politically in Asia, I was reminded of my Vietnam class and how the way that the leaders of the country are portrayed as everyone's Uncle. Their belief system is very much centered around the family unit to the extent that it's is literally an every day thing, and using that in order to make sure that the leader is respected is a very excellent way to make certain of the citizens' loyalty to the country.

Also, the guy at the end of part 2? I want to punch his face in and ask him "what are YOU doing in this country?" because if he ain't a part of a Native American tribe, he doesn't have a leg to stand on to ask that fucking question. >| Hearing that after my mother dealing with a racist douchecanoe who claimed he was a real American because he was a white military soldier in her store today isn't helping my blood pressure in the least. *RAGE*

And, to be honest? Watching part 4 was the first time I'd seen the racist shit in Breakfast at Tiffany's in motion as well. It absolutely sickens me that so many people think this is okay. It nauseates me that the actor himself still sees no problem with it. I just. REALLY want to punch Rooney in the fucking face, it INFURIATES me so much! I don't even have any articulate words for that piece of shit acting. I really do not.

I can only hope that this shit stops soon. Obviously it isn't since there are at least two more movies with plain as day racefail coming up, but I can easily see us growing far more as the years go by. We've done so much in a little over a year and a half and there's so far we can go. I hope that path leads us down good roads.
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18th-Jul-2010 07:34 pm (UTC)
Get in line because I want my turn to beat his head in. Including and epecially the cell phone he was using to photograph any Hispanic customers and my mother and her coworkers. Yes, I have very good reason other than the obvious to want to kick his ass. *SNARL*

I know right! It's so dumb and I want to hit anyone who isn't of an indigenous people of some kind who says that crap. Reminds me of this comic I found online a while back. Says everything as far as I'm concerned.
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18th-Jul-2010 09:40 pm (UTC)
Believe me, there are already plans to call the police the next time he sets foot in the store. Guy is fucking crazy, plain and simple. I can only pray the bastard gets arrested ASAP.

SO DO I. It really needs to be plastered all over the planet, holy shit. <3 Well, at least the areas where white people are the majority and the mentality persists. :B
19th-Jul-2010 02:45 am (UTC)
Erm. As a person with an actual mental illness, I think it might be better not to call the dude crazy. Sounds like he's just a racist douche.
19th-Jul-2010 04:14 am (UTC)
Erk, sorry about it. Force of habit I suppose. ^^; *mutters about ablism being entirely too pervasive*

But yeah, racist douche is exactly what he is and needs to be locked up. That or have five million people sing to him in as many languages until he passes out from xenophobic shock. >3 /schemes
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18th-Jul-2010 07:37 pm (UTC)
Mm hm. It's extremely frustrating because it's so pervasive, too. ~_~
19th-Jul-2010 03:55 am (UTC)
"Hearing that after my mother dealing with a racist douchecanoe who claimed he was a real American because he was a white military soldier in her store today isn't helping my blood pressure in the least. *RAGE*"

"I'm a real American because I'm white, in the military, and hate brown people!"

Wow. This kind of people are the last I want to be in the military. They should not be allowed near weapons, especially overseas with nonwhite people (or even here in America). Wasn't there some white military man who went ballistic on people of color a while back at a base, or am I imagining it?
19th-Jul-2010 04:25 am (UTC)
Same. I've had family in the military (all former servicemen now, but still) and while they can be a bit on the conservative side (if I had a dime for every time my dad said "Mexicans should learn English!", I'd be filthy rich), at least they don't pull complete bullshit like this dumbshit did. DX I cannot wait until this guy's put behind bars, I will seriously go out and dance in the middle of the street while music blares from whichever family car is available.
23rd-Aug-2010 03:49 am (UTC)
this comment is kind of late, but the part where the man said "then why are you in America?" is making me so angry i can't even contain myself. What does HE think America is?? Now I'm confused about what kind of country America really is!!
26th-Aug-2010 03:27 am (UTC)
It doesn't matter that you're "late." You still find these kinds of comments blood-boiling, as do I. Gross, huh.

America is supposed to be a multiracial and cultural country not catering to any specific person, but it seems white people are the preferred people. Many people think that this is the white man's (snd woman's) land, as if they were the only people throughout America's history. Who was there when Christopher Columbus "discovered" America? Who built the railroads? Who worked on the plantations?

I can't believe how many apologists are in this documentary, people who are okay with having a white boy play an Asian character, people who are okay with the prospect of yellowface. Not to sound racist, but even black people are okay with that! What if a white actor were doing blackface and not in a satirical way (and even at that it would be tiresome)?
26th-Aug-2010 03:42 am (UTC)
I still can't believe it--it just sounds like he thinks that whites are the owners and everyone else is just a guest, so they should just go with whatever the white people set. That's disgusting.

I would have LOVED it if they had said they preferred asians, since the characters are ASIAN, but I think they should have taken whoever had the most talent and whoever fit the role the best. After seeing the movie (unfortunately) and the atrocious acting, I don't see any excuse. I feel like they didn't really put any effort into casting. Not even to find good white actors.
That being said, I'm still shocked at how many people managed to easily be okay with the prospect of yellowface.
26th-Aug-2010 04:21 am (UTC)
With the white actors thing for Airbender, that's something I don't get. They're willing to gamble with white unknowns, but not Asian ones? This is Noah's first film, Nicola's cried in a Miley Cyrus video and was in some Christmas special, and Jackson's actually got some experience, but not many to get people to notice him, apparently. And they wanted Jesse McCartney for Zuko for cripes sake! They obviously don't care to find good actors, so why not get appropriate ones for the Asian characters?
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