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I'm a woman of Mexican ancestry with dark hair, dark skin and dark eyes.  I got two little neices that are half black/half mexican and one neice and nephew that are half filipino/half mexican. They're beautiful and intelligent children.  One neice even got to appear in a commercial.

And I know there are thousands upon thousands of minority children in this country.  I'm going to guess...there are oh..HUNDREDS of those children aspiring to be actors and actresses.  But only a dozen of them will actually make it.  And they'll probably only do less than a handful of roles in their lifetime.

Why? Well...turn on your television and YOU tell me why.  What are the most popular shows on TV? What proportion of those actors are actually minorities (and ya know...look like minorities?)?

Also...check out what's in theaters. How many minority children do you see there? How many were in Harry Potter?

Whatever the case is...there aren't many opportunities for minorities in Hollywood. So there are not many famous minority actors or actresses. Not much for minority kids either.  

Let's not factor talent in here cuz lord knows there are plenty of white actors who dont' have talent themselves but still get work.

No wait, let's go ahead and factor it.

There are talented minority actors/ess.

How can they not be? Please try to tell me that out of the HUNDREDS OF HUNDREDS of aspiring minority actors/ress, there aren't a handful with actual talent. Please. Just try and tell me that.

Talent has nothing to do with ethnicity or race.  Those talented minority children are out there, they just don't have a lot of opportunities. Either because they come from a low income household or because...there isn't much demand in Hollywood for them.

But they are out there.

And M. Night Shyamalan...COULDN'T FUCKING FIND A SINGLE MINORITY CHILD TO PLAY A ROLE IN THE LAST AIRBENDER MOVIE HE'S MAKING?!?

(I discovered the news via here...Avatar the Last Airbender...casting. in case you're wondering. Free Avatar comic scan there btw.)


Words cannot express my utter rage right now, nor my disappointment.

I was really looking forward to this movie. My concerns had nothing to do with casting because I figured a director like M Night Syamalan, an Indian-American himself, would've casted ya know...minorities for the role since all the Airbender characters actually look like minorities. (they look multicultural actually, but still NOT WHITE). I mean, the director got into Avatar through his little daughter who wanted to dress up like Katara for Halloween.

...did it ever occur to him WHY his daughter wanted to dress up like Katara?  I don't know what his daughter looks like, but if she looks anything like her daddy...I'm going to guess...it's probably cuz Katara looks like her. Ya know...INDIAN.

*facepalm*

There is no excuse.  So now aside from special effects, digital animation concerns with a movie of this style, I gotta put up with EPIC FAIL casting? Really?

Yeah. Fuck Hollywood.

All I want is there to be more variety in Hollywood, see more minority children on tv for my little neices and nephews to enjoy.  Possibly introduce Avatar to my multicultural neices and nephew.  This movie would've been just the movie to do that.

60 years ago, they gave roles of minorities to white actors because to hire an actual minority in a major roll would've been offensive to the white audiences.

It's 2009 and Asian-influenced and Asian-LOOKING characters are being casted for white actors.  *facepalm*

Fail. EPIC FAIL. I am so disppointed in you M. Night Shyamalan.  I expected better of you.  I hope your daughter can still identify with a white girl.

Cuz lord knows I struggled to do that when I was a kid.

(and that's another reason why young JB attached herself to Sailor Mars and Batgirl Cass Cain, yay).

EDIT:

To be honest, I was expecting young martial artists not Disney actors!! I kept thinking...man, it's going to be tough to find a good martial artist that looks like Katara. Young, dark skinned with blue eyes? and a martial artist? Yup, that's going to be interesting. I figured well, maybe they can forego the blue eyes and just pick a dark skinned minority martial artist. There's gotta be plenty of them.

My brother did jujitsu and judo and his teachers were black or Cuban. XD And his classmates were a variety of minority kids. Asian, black, hispanic and mixed.

So I didn't think it would be tough to find a number of good young minority martial artists.

WHY THE HELL DIDN'T THEY THINK TO START AT A MARTIAL ARTS SCHOOL OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT!

Heck, go to LA county. There's gotta be a hundred martial arts school with a lot of minorities who are probably dreaming of being the next Jackie Chan or Jet Li! Hollywood is there! You're going to tell me NONE of those martial artist kids want to be famous actors?

No, they go to Texas. *facepalm* (hey, who knows maybe Aang's actor is part Mexican...)


Don't get me wrong, I figured Aang would be a white kid and maybe Azula, Ty Lee, Suki and various others because they could pass for white.  But Katara and Sokka?? really?? And Zuko's gonna be done by a blond pop singer? Really? At least make Zuko's actor someone with natural black hair! 9_9

(JB would actually prefer they pick actual martial artists...)

Oh wait, sorry Sokka and Zuko's actors are still in talks. Nothing has been confirmed.

But I'm still offended they would even THINK of being in talks with them. This is all so jacked up. Are they expecting that little girl whose playing Katara to get a tan? A little girl. REALLY?

Screw this. I'm writing a letter.

If you're interested, here's where to write.

Edit 2:
Mr Mark Bakshi
President Features Production
5555 Melrose Avenue
Shulberg Building
Suite 211
Room 115
Los Angeles, CA 90038-3197

and

Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall
Kennedy/Marshall Company
619 Arizona Avenue, Fl. 2
Santa Monica, California 90401

For more information on a letter writing campaign, please visit:
aang-aint-white.livejournal.co…

And no. I'm not the only one pissed about this.


I'm seriously bothered by the implications that they would hire white actors for these roles. This would have been the perfect opportunity to bring in some new minority talent and they ignored it.

M. Night Shyamalan, Shame on you. I expected better of you.
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shadowvixen Featured By Owner May 28, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Note that this happened with other films such as the dragon ball Z movie. Though I think from the looks of the poster they used one asian girl who I thought was actually a decent choice for once - since the entertainment industries only seem to look for asians who directly fit into the long accepted stereotypical appearance of narrow small eyes and a broad face, hence further emphasizing the very stereotype not only within the media but within our community.
Seems that any damn thing Hollywood gets a hold of they butcher in one way or another. Especially since they seem to give no credit or acknowledgement regarding the original source, e.g. The Departed was inspired from the original asian film, I was also unaware of this until I was informed by one of mates.
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jbramx2 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, that sort of stereotyping is rather cringeworthy. Reminds me of an article of blackface I read that mentioned how back in the day (1800s-early 1900s), some black actors would actually put on makeup that would make them look more like blackface actors...why? Because that is what white audiences were most comfortable with. Ugh..
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shadowvixen Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I also dislike how some asians seem to degrade their race by making 'asian jokes'. Personally I don't find them very funny nor does any of my caucasian friends. I don't understand why they feel the need to make racial jokes to be honest, it always just seems to play a part in creating or reinforcing negative stereotypes anyway.
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c0lB0h Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2009
Paramount, I've got four words for you:
Central Park casting call.
All they had to do to get a perfectly suitable cast -- and then some -- was to do the call in New York or Chicago -- or even L.A., as you mentioned. They're not even choosing talented nobodies, as M. Night promised, nope, they're picking a handful of pretty boys. Avatar is a work of art, and it's being treated like just another piece-of-sh*t New Disney cartoon. I just can't believe it.
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jbramx2 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
lol, amen!
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c0lB0h Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2009
In case you didn't get that, Sinatra and Orbach are dead. Ergo, nothing could make up for this.
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jbramx2 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
lol, thanks. And yeah, tis all made of epic fail. 9_9
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c0lB0h Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2009
Here's something I got a kick out of... I agree with her idea.
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The only possible thing that could justify this is if they pick Frank Sinatra or Jerry Orbach to play Iroh...
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forcedsimilie Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2009
I know I'm waaay late, but I just happened to stop at your journal today, after I posted in my LJ about the same topic.

I think they recently changed Zuko's casting to the star of "Slumdog Millionaire." Which is a major upgrade mind you, but still...I know of one Asian-American star I was so sure they'd cast as Zuko and they didn't chose him. I guess in their defense, minority characters don't sell as well (and Dev Patel starred in a movie that just got an Oscar, proving otherwise). However, I can counter that defense by saying one of my most loved childhood movies was Hook, which starred a wide range of minority children. I related to it, even though there weren't many minority girls at least the boys were there. One of my favorite characters was Rufio. I was in love with him which is probably why I have a soft spot for Asian guys and by extension Zuko as Rufio's actor did his voice over.

I was so looking forward to a dark skinned girl as Katara. I was so looking forward to it. I wouldn't care if she was Phillipina, black, mixed, hispanic, asian, Indian, just anything other than the pale skinned girl they chose. Mind you, I think she's cute as a button, but she's just not Katara.

I was so happy when Avatar came out. Finally there was a "multi cultural" cast of characters. There was a girl with dark skin that I could cosplay as and not feel weird. So I had to splurge and buy blue contacts, but other than that, I connected with Katara. I loved Princess Yue for being the dark skinned moon goddess which debunks all the other preconceived notions of what a moon goddess should look like. The casting really lost that "I look kinda like them" feel for me. If they cast a white guy as Iroh, I probably will be very sad. Unless it's someone I know is really funny.

I may be undermining my point entirely here, but Robert Downy Jr. playing as a black man in Tropic Thunder? I didn't believe it was him, and I liked it. There is a major difference though. Tropic Thunder was meant to be funny. He was cast in that role because it was funny. Casting in Avatar was not meant to be for the lols. It is a fairly serious movie (I'm assuming).
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jbramx2 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ruffio! Yeah, he was a striking actor, visually and in acting ability. :D I loved that he got such an important role in that movie. :)

Same here! I wouldn't have cared what race Katara was as long as ehe wasn't white. And no, I'm not gonna feel guilty for feeling that because lord knows, Katara ain't white!

;__; man! See? This is why the casting pisses me off. I know I'm not the only one who initially became interested in Katara because she was THE EXCEPTION to the rule of "beautiful girl of show is always pale-skinned."

lol, what's funny is that at the Oscars, it was Cuba Gooding Jr. who spoke about him mentioned how Hollywood had to give more roles to black folks. "Come one, give a brother a job here!" or something to that effect. lol. But yeah, that was done on purpose.

Avatar, though? yeah...I can't help but shake my head at it. *sighs*

Thank you for your thoughtful comment! I agree for sure. :)
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Sokushitsu Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2009
It's beyond stupid. The entire series is devoted to Native American (Aluet/Inuit/Polyinesian/Hopi), Chinese, Indonesian, Japanese, Malay culture.
It's the GIANT flying bison in the 6x6 room.

This isn't the BS of the 1950's where you paint up white actresses with red shoe polish to look like "squa".
Or...a short, white guy with buck teeth wearing a black wig and squinting to saying: "pweese pweese herlp me"....
Or...shall I go on....? no need.

What's so ridiculous...is the hypochricy of M. Night who IS east Indian, and stated BOLDLY in the Avatar season 2 box set---" what first captured my attention is that the series is laden with East Asian and Native American lore..." blah blah.(paraphrasing)
The other boldface lie is in that SAME box set interview he states how "Casting these movies will be an adventure--My guess is these kids that will end up playing these characters are *unknowns*, sitting in their classrooms, all over the country, with DIFFERENT BACKGROUNDS THAN HERE IN L.A"
Duh duh duh duh Asshole police arrest him!!

Hollywood is an entire culture of making the rest of the world feel like hell about themselves. Be it minority, woman, age, or weight.
What the HELL is going on? Are they so engrossed in their pretend worlds, they've forgotten it's pretend? Maybe they're helping the labor and costume unions so they can create some 'ethnic' make up artist jobs. =P
I'm sure there will be heads on pikes if they go through with this casting. I'm writing them too. Thanks for the addresses. ^_~
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jbramx2 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
AMEN! lol, love your comment. Thanks for the feedback. I agree! :D
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ShadeGlass Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I've sent in my letter of disappointment and I am interested to see if something gets done since I'm sure (as you pointed out) we on DA are not the only one's pissed.
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jbramx2 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think...at the least, what this will do is inform the producers that there is an intolerance of the lack of diversity in films. I hope this movement will encourage them to start seeking fresh talent within a different group of people and realize that...hey! We're interested in seeing minorities too! SO next time there are roles for them...GIVE IT TO THEM! lol, or something. Thank you by the way for your support. :)
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xiaoniao Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2009
Well, I suppose my only kind rationalisation concerning this whole thing would be: Generally, a director looks for someone with acting skills. Just because you can do martial arts and look the part, that doesn't necessarily mean that you can act the part. But, I get what you're saying -- why didn't they give any young martial artists who would look the part a chance, at least.
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jbramx2 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
lol, they've should've hired more people from Slumdog Millionaire. XD;;
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RavenJade Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2009
Just as a note, the studio would not need a martial artist to be the actor, although I suppose it is a plus for the Aang role because of the way he moves regularly.
FOR EXAMPLE: Halle Barry had three stunt people as the people who would do the fights.

They were three skinny asian men painted black and with boob attatchments.
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jbramx2 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
...are you talking about the catwoman movie? That was a terrible movie I'm told. It did horribly. ^^; Er...wait...are you being sarcastic? waah! I can't tell! I want to laugh, but I fear you are being serious! :XD: ;;; Enlighten me please! XD;;
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RavenJade Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2009
I've never seen it, but yes. XD My cousin is stunt guy and he was on set with them at a Vancouver set. (whoops double post)
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RavenJade Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2009
I've never seen it, but yes. XD My cousin is stunt guy and he was on set with them at a Vancouver set.
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RavenJade Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2009
Oh, he didn't work on the Catwoman movie. XD He was on the set with one of the guys when he was a grunt background character in Battle Star Galactica.
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jbramx2 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
...that's...wow. Okay. Yeah.

Still, pretty cool that your cousin got a job there. :) too bad the movie flopped. ^^;;
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ShadeGlass Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Hah! I knew it!
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towson Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
M. Night Shyamalan is a fucked-up screwball. I was disappointed when they chose him in the first place.

Speed Racer was messed up, Transformers was messed up, and Dragonball is messed up.

There was a guarantee they're going to mess up ATLA.
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jbramx2 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
which is a major bummer, this thing had all the chances of being the next Harry Potter or Chronicles of Narnia. (all of which started with mostly unknown actors). *sighs* Oh well. The Last Airbender is another movie I'm not going to see. >_<
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Pistol-Packin-Poet Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2009
M. Night Shyamalan? Will there's your problem!
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jbramx2 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
*chuckles* I was initially excited that a well known director like him had gotten the movie rights. But that was before the Happening came out and we started hearing about how badly the guy's doing. LOL, damn. This sucks.
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selein Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
first off I do see your point about the martial artists and I understand your issue with the actors, but (and I'll probably be verbally ripped apart for this...) it's their movie let them be.

the movie will prove if the actors can perform the expectations of the roles. if they can't then the movie will suck and no one will go to it, plain and simple

as far as the minority actors thing goes Hollywood is in America and most of Americans are still racist bastards and things change slowly for them, but my point is things are changing

please don't assume that I agree with their choices
personally one of my favorite actresses Michelle Rodriguez looks Mexican (I don't know her decent nor do I care) but I like her because the way she dose the roles she is given.

my point is let them be for now, they'll ether make a good movie or they set their asses on fire and the movie won't sell. when they fuck it up then rip them to pieces
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Sokushitsu Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2009
"as far as the minority actors thing goes Hollywood is in America and most of Americans are still racist bastards"


Excuse me. YOU sound prejudiced. Not every American is a gun-totin' he-haw- cousin marrying-kkk dick head. The MAJORITY of people here are OUTRAGED that there is any racism that endures at all! Meeting a handful of us is not the same as meeting ALL of us. The media and Hollywood spin a lot of crap, and if other countries believe everything they see on TV, gods help us. *I* certainly do not follow the stereotypes of other cultures, and I would hope that other countries that accuse us of these things would have the sight to see that they are becoming the very thing they accuse us of. Hate mongers. By the way. Racism is not a USA thing...sadly, it's a worldwide virus that needs to be choked out.

We want unity. There's always a handful of monsters that think they can speak for the rest of us, and we REJECT IT.

Now I'm very sorry if I came at you like a pitbull, but I am so sick of other countries vomiting on us as if allllll of us are the same. THAT is prejudiced.
Like she said.....there's good things and bad things about this country.
But last I checked, there are no perfect countries. Because we're all HUMAN.
oy oy oy.
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selein Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
umm... frist off, I will again appolgise if I sound rude now because as I have said in other posts I have a tendancy to be very blunt.

second, I never said all americans where jerks, as I have stated in other posts I know that there are nice people as well as asshole nomatter where you go in the world.

third, in all honesty it's my opinion. from what I have seen from what I have seen many americans are jerks, but in the same prospect I have met a few americans that are very nice and interesting people. my opinion is what it is and it will change as I learn new things

by all tecknacalites every person is prejudiced or rasist in some way regardless of who you are or where you come from.
I treat people as see them not on where came from. call me prejudiced if you want but the conversation ended awhile before you jumped in.
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Sokushitsu Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2009
Your comment can still be seen, and can still be read. That is why when we post things that can't be deleted we should be prepared for ALL types of people to see it and respond. Just because something was posted a couple weeks ago does not mean it is no longer offensive.

It worries me when someone uses words like "all" or "many" versus "few". Out of 2.4 billion people, you only know a "few" that are nice? I do not assume all Canadians are the same. Nor do I assume all sub cultures are the same. It's pretty cynical to think everyone is racist. All humans are different from the next, and no country line or language will change that. hatred is an illusion.

I am not censoring you, since *I* believe everyone has the right to their opinions, and should have the freedom to speak it...even the ones we disagree with. If everyone thought the same way nothing would change in the world.
Just understand that blanket-statements are the reason there is so much hostility and mistrust *everywhere*.
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jbramx2 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No. I will not let them be. I will not remain quiet, complacent and sheeplike.

This goes beyond just ONE movie. This is an attitude that permeates Western society and media and it needs to be addressed. To just say, OH well, Americans are racist and things will change slowly...is to some degree defeatist.

No no no. One, that's offensive to Americans, white and nonwhite. If I were white, I'd be offended that Hollywood would think I'm that shallow or that afraid of non-white actors. Two, for crying out loud we got a black president in the white house. I never thought I'd see it in my lifetime! And here we are, I'm still young and there's a black family in the white house. Took me a few days to let it sink in.

Now that it has... Yeah, sorry. No. There's no excuse, Hollywood.

I glad you don't agree with the casting choices, but please don't mind me saying something about it. It bothers me deeply for several reasons. The one that sticks out in my mind is...here we go. Once more telling society (especially children) that people who aren't white...aren't acceptable. They can't be main characters. They can't be heroes in the movie. Only the pretty people can be heroes in a movie. The non-white people are the ones you see in the background.

Which apparently is what's going to happen with this film. There was a cast call in Philedelphia for 800 or so extras/background people, that asked that people show up in their "ethnic costume." Funny, how the auditions for Aang's actor only asked for, "Caucasian and other." Back to philly, when interviewed by the local media, one of the casting directors said..."If you're Korean, show up in a kimono, if you're bavarian show up in..." ladernsomething or other. What's sad is that...okay. Main characters are white, but their nation's people that we'll be seeing in the background are ethnic. Okay that's gonna look weird. And Bavarians? There was something in Avatar that looked Bavarian? And three, wow! lady, you really have done your research. I can tell you care about this series. Koreans wear kimonos? really? Uh, no. Japanese wear kimonos. Koreans wear hanboks. And I'm told Bavarians don't wear what she suggested. I think Austrians wear what she mentioned. *sighs*

These are the kinds of people who are approaching this well-researched series and making it into a live action film?

Yeah, why wait till the movie's out to rip them up, when I can easily do it now? =_=

Needless to say, this harmful, careless attitude is something I'm not going to be quiet about. I'm sorry, guess I'm just thinking of the children. Sadly, the responses of the little kids in this video are all too common across the world, not just America. But I hold America to a higher standard. Especially now that we have a black president. There just is no excuse and I won't be quiet about it. SO please forgive me. But I can't in good conscience do so.
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selein Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh jeez... I guess my last didn't come out right ^^;
first off "quiet, complacent and sheeplike" is not what I meant and would never ask anyone to do that.
what I meant was to be patient, learn what you can and then strike them, tigerlike. if you jump in head first bad things happen


I am sorry if I offended you, I am very blunt with my opinions and I apologize for that

My opinion of America people has not been very high since they ostracized some of their own singers for stating their opinions. yes I do know that everyone is different and I have met some Americans and am friends with a few of them,but unfortunately many assholes like being in the spotlight and people always suffer for it

I hope the new president will change this, but I know all things take time to be done.

the reason I ask that you wait for the movie or the trailer because we really don't know how they intend to approach the movie

In my personal opinion I think the best way to teach children is teach them how to appreciate simple things in life and not let media rule how they choose do things.

appearance is not as import as many people think.
to me the greatest strength a person has is their heart and soul

all I am asking is don't jump the gun
but really the decision is really up to you on what you will do
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jbramx2 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My decision is to boycott this movie for two reasons. One: on appearance and director alone, it would seem to fail to respect all the hard work and research that was put into this lovely series.

Two: And more importantly, it is one more Hollywood movie that fails to reflect the diversity in the storyline and in our country.

I will not defend the mistakes of idiotic americans, but know that I'm not going to tolerate new mistakes.

I will also not argue about whether appearance is important or not with you. Because despite what you and I personally believe about appearances, things that are ideals, mind you...the rest of society doesn't operate that way, as shown by Hollywood and any place you go to apply for a job.

I will jump the gun, because the attitude that has been expressed by the people who are working on this movie so far is enough to warrant my disgust and decision to boycott this film, which NOW has past the border of offensive.

I'm done here.
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selein Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I didn't mean to offend you, as I see it you have a beautiful spirit and I admire that in a person.
thank you for listening to what I had to say
and I wish you the best of luck
I really hope you and the others get your point across
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jbramx2 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OH no, you did not offend me! :D Believe me, I grew up pretty cynical of a lot of things in this country, but hey, for all its faults it does have many good things and it certainly strives and carries itself highly, so I do hold my country and its citizens to a higher standard, hence my harshness when it disappoints me. XD;; No one's perfect, but there's no harm in striving for it. :D

Anyhoo, I do appreciate your feedback and I am sorry if I came off too harshly. I like discussion, because it forces me to examine the other viewpoint and weigh mine against it. It helps round out my thoughts on it, to see what I might be missing. So I'm glad I did not scare you off! Again, thank you for the thoughtful comments. :)
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selein Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
that's good :hug:
I learned at a young age that regardless of nationality there are people are eather nice or jerks
I prefure not to waist time on the jerks because I have more intresting things to do with my time then get angry at them
and the jerks can usally shoot themselves in the ass with out my help and they have a tendantsy to be very ironic and funny when they do :evillaugh:

I'm glad and don't worry about it, I havin't been much of a happy mood lately. I hope we will get to talk more often :glomp:
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blackouthart Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2009
*bows*

That was brilliant.

It always will be.

I salute you.
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jbramx2 Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you. My apologies for not responding sooner.
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LimeFangs Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2009
There *need* to be more minority in movies. I like variety, not just white -,-
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jbramx2 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
*nods nods* :(
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michiganj24 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2009
I agree the Martial arts to a degree can be taught or faked(see Hillary Swank in Next Karate Kid or Christian Bale in Batman) so it should have been about the look. When movies deviate so far from what the character should be (thinking of Will Smith as Jim West, Baseball movies where the cast is almost all white and other examples to horrible torecall) and wonder why they bomb
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jbramx2 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
*nods nods* true, I only wished they had gone an extra step to get martial artists to make this film even more authentic.

But this is a kid's movie too. People argue that...oh they want talent!" er...what are you saying? There are no asian actors with talent? And really? how much talent are you exactly seeking for a kid's movie. This isn't Oscar-winning fare, ya know. No. The studios are using actors from the Nickelodeon company's "kid actor farm." Actors that are bred since childhood to work for them (ala britney spears, christina aguilera, lindsay Lohan, justin timberlake ect...) The actors for this movie did not audition for the roles they got. They were recruited. Jackson Rathborn has admitted that much in an interview. So no, they did not fairly compete with other actors of minorities.

This movie is just one more movie in a long line of movies that not only fail for authenticity but also fail to reflect diversity in our country and offer work for minority actors.

In a word, this sucks. XD;
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michiganj24 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2009
True True
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Ayana-88 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2009
I think the producer was drunk when he decided to choose these "actors".
I'm sure it will be a "wonderful" movie.
For kids.
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jbramx2 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ha ha ha...yeah.

For kids. [link] Hm, maybe the white kids...
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Sokushitsu Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2009
That saddnes/sickens me.....ALL of those girls are beautiful. I'm white...and *I* want to see every color shade represented. Maybe when all those old-timer vultures finally die off--the new wave of entertainment control can have a chance.
There are A LOT of crappy actors and lame entertainers that have zero talent, but get parts because they are a size 00 and look ';perfect' and light...I want to see talent damnit! Standards are made to be broken.

Btw....My sis is in LA, and she's not a size 0,she's also not typically 'aryan looking' either. She says there's all of these groups that are taking back the power of the casting B.S.
(Actors that aren't 'white looking' or skinny enough....or if they're too old, they get only the 'crazy neighbor' roles.)
Are you in LA? Your activism is sorely needed. :)
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bluebend Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I want to thank you for your impassioned entry and responses. The question is now: what do we do? I have heard about the letter writing campaign and am surprised that not that many people have participated (or at least commented that they did.) The issue goes beyond the movie casting, it's the mentality behind it, and yet, there isn't as much movement as I would like or expect.
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jbramx2 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thank you for your response. There are several writing and e-mailing campaigns going on. And yeah, I'm not the only one raving about it either. They're just not all on deviantart.com

This [link] here provides the best and most updated list of articles, blogs, campaigns and such regarding the issue.

So far, glockgirl has a lot of info on what can be done. Check her links especially. And thank you for making note of this issue. :)
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bluebend Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for the link- I wish I had it when I emailed an old teacher about this- and I've been browsing through glockgirl's lj- there is so much information and updates!
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