I don't think
I've ever posted my thoughts on the Avatar (the Last Airbender) movie. The show is very near and dear to my heart and the movie, well, I started out being super excited about it and I'm pretty sure I left things off there.
Since the trailer has started airing on tv (I have no idea if it's been
airing or if I've just now noticed), it's really caused a flair up in discussion about the movie. So I figured I should just go ahead and point out that it might look cool (and I will totally admit the trailer is looking pretty awesome, special effects-wise), it's still a racist movie with a whitewashed cast.
Now, I'm not going to hate on anyone who actually goes to see it, since it's very possibly to watch something - and even enjoy it - and still note that it is problematic (true story: I do this for most everything I watch!). However, if you deny that it is
racist, that it is
problematic that Shyamalan or whoever is in charge of casting took these Asian/Native Peoples characters (and they are
Asian and Native Peoples - particularly Inuit - and, and, c'mon people, don't play) and decided that it would be better, for whatever reason, to have white actors play them, well. I'm just not sure what to say about that. But whatever I say certainly won't be good.
This minor rant caused by the fact that everyone
IRL who cares at all about Avatar is excited about the movie and when I express concerns, say something to the affect of 'they're not really Asian'/'it's just a movie'/'don't harsh my squee.' And you know? Not cool. Not cool.
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