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Avatar-gate 09: It's NOT over!

Ok, so while they're going ahead and keeping their casting choices, that doesn't mean we still can't show our anger at the cast/project as is!

There are a few new recources. Well one, but it's in both Website and LJ community forms -
racebending is the LJ version, active with tons of news. Apparently, ethnic people are perfect for the background, but not the main characters. I guess they think it will camoflague the heroes? yeah, ok.

The best of all the stellar posts - The community casts the movie -

All the Katara choices are great, but nothing's more on than Chiaki Kuriyama (aka Gogo From Kill Bill) as Azula. NOTHING. is the website version, which while not as good as the LJ community has some great graphics you should put EVERYWHERE -

Including the infamous DeeDee Rickets kimono quote (seriously bitch, WTF!?!)

They've only just begun to film, and I won't quit until something major happens to change it all, or at the very least, we get major media coverage.
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Avatar-gate 09: Who's to blame?

So, some avatar news. all bad & worse.

Bad: I guess letters don't work since the cast, as is, will start filming in march. boo.

worse: the extras are being called, and in a very hilariously outrageous way. it's not so much the flyer

but rather, the quotes pulled from this article by casting director Deedee Rickets:

"We want you to dress in traditional cultural ethnic attire," she said. "If you're Korean, wear a kimono. If you're from Belgium, wear lederhosen."

Another way to stand out is to demonstrate skills such as basket weaving, hair braiding, making clay pots, puppeteering, knitting, looming - "any artisan craft,"
Rickets said.


Why were we blaming the director and producers when clearly it's the casting department who's responsible for a good deal of all of the fuck-ups! I mean, clearly she knows the difference between German & Belgium culture, so why not cast caucasians in asian-based roles? makes PERFECT sense.ople have been blamed the whole time! it's not M.Night or the producers fault about the cast. Hell, they might not even know about them! No, this is the correct person to blame. what........a development.

So, surfing around for info on if there will be protests, I found quite a few topics on the subject on the whole. first, there's this jackass:

He almost lost me here:

In this case a Malay person is at the reigns (for the most part) and has cast some box office candy in the roles. This outrage really smacks of Otaku-Fanism, as if sharing your toy with the unwashed masses will somehow dilute the experience. I’m not grasping how this is Racist at all, it might be a bit desperate or money grubbing, but Racist? Please.

yes, because wanting your series portrayed correctly is just fuckin' bizarre, right? But I read on, mostly to give him a piece of my mind at the bottom. and while I probably would have stopped there had I known he turned off comments for this entry (the pussy....), I was made aware of this:

I (for one) will be disappointed if they do recast the roles that have already been set; I’d hate to lose a job over my ethnicity, wouldn’t you? That kind of sums it up right there, in some way there are people out there so obsessed with their own ethnicity that it allows them to attempt to victimize others (en-masse) to somehow promote and protect that ethnicity. Imagine if there had already been a full cast of Asians in place and the reverse was now true? A bunch of European fans get together and form groups around demands for Caucasian actors in the roles of the title character and the blind girl (along with most of the people in the snow kingdom) then what?

It's obviously not the same, since A) there would be no basis for it and B) the complaint is, in a large part, coming from the people that the animated characters were resembled to play. Still, it would really suck to lose out on a part because of race. more than suck, it would really be racist, and what a catch 22 that is, right? It's wrong that caucasian actors got cast in the first place, yet also wrong to fire them for the fact that they don't resemble those characters. In this PC society, what's to happen when something like this arrives?

Still surfing, I found this:

which I'd wish I'd seen earlier, as I could've wholesale copy pasted it instead of explaining it in my first post, but then, that also leads to this: an interview with our would be Sokka -

Due in theaters in summer 2010, "Airbender" has already begun to face a bit of controversy over the casting of white actors like Rathbone, Ringer and McCartney to play Asian characters — a concern the actor was quick to dismiss. "I think it's one of those things where I pull my hair up, shave the sides, and I definitely need a tan," he said of the transformation he'll go through to look more like Sokka. "It's one of those things where, hopefully, the audience will suspend disbelief a little bit."

Everyone seems to want to slant this as an asian influence, and I was on the fence as to how he meant this (I mean, at least he's trying to tan, unlike, say Yasmin in the bratz movie who didn't make any effort to more resemble the character. they barely painted on the mole for goodness sake!)

But then, the comments snapped me back:

segagenesis posted on 01.23.09 at 08:00pm

The actor is just as much to blame as the cast director and the producer and the film director. He can choose to turn down the role because he doesn't feel comfortable with it. Like RACE ISSUES? Assuming all a white guy needs to play an Asian is to tape up his eyes and get a tan, is like assuming all anybody needs to play a Black person is some brown paint. Racist. Jackass.


mazuzu posted on 01.23.09 at 12:59pm

yes the producers are racist and so is rathbone for thinking he just needs a tan to play an eskimo... why doesn't he grow out an afro to play a black person too

also ouch! Harsh & blunt, but untrue? I'm not exactly sure. the world is so Politicalyl Correct now, that who know what exactly can be done if anything. either way, someone gonna be un-happy and there will be a gigantic backlash. Who's the blame, if anyone for all this?

Ryan Frank posted on 01.22.09 at 11:59pm

Here’s my opinion: The actors have to get jobs to get paid and have money to live off of. If you guys want to be mad at anyone, you should be mad at the people who cast and pick the actors. It doesn’t make any sense to insult the actors because the actors are not the ones doing anything wrong. They just take the parts because they need money. So if you have issues take it up with the people who cast the actors. If anyone is being racist it’s them.

Oh, that's right- Deedee Rickets. She's to blame. and lets try to not forget that. i'm really unsure if I can support this movie at all, but as nitemayr notes in his post, the best protest is not giving them money, which while ideal in theory, I still don't know.

Kids will surely notice, but will they even care? That's the real question. It's being made mostly for the kids, but how will they even respond to it? Will they not want to see it now? or will this go unnoticed and will we have to just try and stop this from happening to another story franchise? Who knows really. But, at least we now know who's to blame.

let's strive for change!

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Pika service Announcement: let's not let 'Yasmin' happen all over again

AKA avatar-gate '08 part 1: the sitch

This is a really hard entry for me to write since I like to not ruffle feathers at all (you guys know that; I'm all about being neutral & giving the benefit of the doubt) & to have good sweet relationship with all of you, but this is something important to me:

Ok, so I know I've never talked about this series before, but I do kind've like Avatar: The Last Airbender. Quick info is this (edited with more accurate show descriptions thanks to picklepud ):

Set in an feudal era Asian- influenced world where four nations with differing powers of elemental manipulation once existed (Earth Wind Fire & Water; not everyone has abilities, but each nation has members who can control said elements), it is about Aang, (blue arrow) a boy with the ability to manipulate air who is the last of his kind. Aang, (blue arrow boy) is an air bender but is also the avatar (has the ability to bend all the elements). The Fire nation, evil as all get out, took over all four nations several generations ago they destroyed the Air benders, and then begain to take over the Earth Kingdom during the show's run, and it's up to Aang to stop their evil reign of Tyranny, along with his friends Soka (darker skinned boy) , Katara (the girl) who come from the water nation and their friend Toff (unseen here; she the blind daughter of a dignitary who is an earth bender)

so, short list -

Aang - Tibetan Influenced
Soka and Katara - Inuit influenced
Prince Zuko, Toff, and the majority of the supporting characters - Asian influenced

Well, the series is SO popular that it's getting a live action treatment, with M. Night Shyamalan directing. Now, surely a series so deeply, purely and accurately asian, directed a man of color, could cast actors to match the animated depictions, right?

Of course not -

What others have said on the issue:

What I have to say -

Now, unlike the Bratz movie were no specific races are identified, this is clearly a different case! these are ASIAN characters. hell, you see most of the higher royalty in Kimono always, not to mention the use of chinese characters in the writing shown, the buildings and the characters themselves.

So in many ways this is exactly like Yasmin-gate 08 but much worse. I was just mildly annoyed at first, since I'm more of a casual fan who watches it with my little brother when it's on, but now I'm all kinds of pissed! I don't CARE how well they act. at all. that is not the issue. Why does every series made into a movie have to feature white people as ethnic characters!?! Kids are not stupid, nor as color conscious as Hollywood thinks. They want a good story with good characters, regardless of color. (The same thing has happened with the Dragon Ball Z movie but whoops: WAY too late for that. and not my fight.)

And for some reason, the fact that an indian man is doing this to characters of color really upsets me! When/how will great actors of color get the chance to star in lead roles featuring characters their own ethnicity if they'll just be re-cast as white!?! It points to this: how big is race really? Race aside, they do look well enough like their characters, granted, and are probably decent actors, but my issue is that there are plenty of actors of color that are good as well, yet are passed over for movies that are made to connect with them.

But unlike Yasmin, there's still time to fix it/ make some noise about it:

there is a letter writing campaign that's trying to get started, and I'm going to write my letter as soon as possible and mail it off. And I'm hoping that whether or not you watch the series, you can get to what I'm saying. I'm not trying to be racist. I'm just trying to get equal representation. American isn't only white people, Hollywood, and if anybody should know that, it's you.

So, help us with this? only paper letters will really get the message through. petitions and emails are largely ignored after all. Hell, consider this my Christmas present if you wish. If nothing else, just spread the word?
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Photo shoot: alternate cour four

Ok, before you ask, when I say alternative, it's not the same as with Nev's in that they are the enimies of the core four. all I'm saying is that it's a different core four. anyway, here are my pics. I did individual shots (five each; the full length and best close up were used to make these) of Mandy, Miwa, Lil and jinra before doing a few group photos:

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and now, group photos:

This has to be my all time favorite of this group of photos and maybe of all the ones I've taken ever. I just love everything about it to peices. I might end up using it for some sort of kidz_fans related thing.

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When I get 2.0 Cloe and SOA Sasha, they will join this group. Miwa has decided though to be the kidz photographer, so I'll have 2.0 jade take her place and Miwa will be with me directing the pictures.

Anyway, that's all for now (Mom's just dropping Lloyd off at his friends out, so she should be back any minute now >.<;;). I'm going to use today to get pics of the other kidz girls indiviually, a big group shot of all of them, and then a few pics of the Industrial World Princesses. ^^

Till Later,

Bye Bye Boo!