- Entertainment Weekly has posted an article in their latest issue (Jan 9th issue with Johnny Depp on the cover) about the uproar regarding That Last Airbender white-washed casting!
This is so fantastic! I wish we had a way to contact Nicole Sperling professionally (ie, not via Facebook), if only to thank her for reporting on this issue. So very awesome.
- LETTER WRITERS! If you've been getting your letters returned, aang_aint_white is looking into finding a Paramount Pictures address that'll work. In the meantime, the following address to the Kennedy/Marshall Production company has been confirmed as valid:
619 Arizona Avenue, Fl. 2
Santa Monica, California 90401
Send your mail to that address. Make your voice heard!
- I watched Tropic Thunder over the holidays, and aside from the incredible idiocy that's RDJ's character in blackface, I was also besotted by Brandon Soo Hoo, who played the precocious little leader of the guerilla group.
Besotted, to rhyme with WHY ISN'T THIS KID CAST AS AANG. HE'S SO PERFECT IT MAKES ME CRY. AND OH LOOK, HE'S AMERICAN. JUST LIKE BRYKE. AND THE TV SHOW. AND HOLLYWOOD. HOW ABOUT THAT?!?!?!?
So back to RDJ in Tropic Thunder. If a person can laugh at how pointedly stupid his character is*, but then still not understand why people are offended by
a) the idea of an Asiatic and Inuit world populated entirely by white characters
b) the assumption that "white" is the default of animated characters who don't have exaggerated ethnic features
*essentially, RDJ's character is a white guy cast to play a black guy in a fictional movie. So he has plastic surgery to 'look' black, and makes painfully awkward attempts to 'act' and 'sound' black. Yes, it's blatant blackface. Alpo Chino, an actual black actor in a lesser role, calls him on it in a variety of fantastic ways. For most of the movie, RDJ's character just doesn't get it. He just DOESN'T GET IT, and neither does Hollywood -real or fictional.
-ETA: quinconcinnity sent me a link to a Water Tribe baby!! Okay, this doesn't really have much to do with the movie casting, but. SO. CUTE.
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PS - I made myself some ATLA icons. HEE.
Screencap credits to piandao.org and iroh.org.
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