I was surprised to see that this girl had contacted me even though she said she didn't want to argue with me. I wrote my reply, but she's still blocked me. I didn't want to waste this argument that I spent almost an hour meticulously creating, so here's another journal about the racism in The Last Airbender.
I wrote that journal in the anger and frustration of the moment. I used the word "pathetic" in reference to your actions, not you as a person. I still wanted to discuss this issue with you, and was upset that you shut me off in such a childish way.
I'm sorry if you felt I was attacking you. The internet is a place for discussion, and that's what I was trying to do- discuss why I will not be supporting this movie and try to get you to understand where I'm coming from. My main point is not that the white actors will not be able to become the characters we know and love. My point is that it is unfair that, in this world that Mike and Bryan have created specifically on Asian culture (page 12 of the Avatar art book- "Instead we [Bryan talking about him and Mike] made the show out of everything we loved, pulling from our interests in Asian cultures and philosophies, traditional martial arts, yoga, anime, and Hong Kong cinema"), Asian actors, who are extremely underrepresented in Hollywood (www.chicano.ucla.edu/press/bri…
), were not even given a chance for these roles. Is life fair? No. But I don't want to sit here while blatant racism is occurring. I want to *do* something about it.
If you want to see this film, then please do so. I just ask that you look at the links I've given to you, and fully understand what kind of Hollywood you're supporting.
PS: Just out of curiosity, what are these "real themes"? Whose "culture" are you referring to? Because it is not just people of Asian descent who are upset. Look at the demographics for the racebending movement: www.racebending.com/v3/press/d…
48.5% are white, 7.5% are black, 2.9% are Latino, .5% are Middle Eastern, .9% are American Indian, 15.3% are mixed ethnicity, .3% are Pacific Islander, and 24.2% are Asian. This is a diverse group because we all identify with a common goal: doing our part to teach others about and stop racism.
If you've read all of this, I thank you. If you really don't want to argue any more, then don't contact me again. If you want to retaliate, then I am curious as to what you have to say.