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NO KILL I
18 December 2008 @ 07:21 am
AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER - small wins! Successes of sorts!

1) The story got picked up by io9.com. Yay!

2) scifi.com has replied to my email, that they'll 'Look into it'. I'm gonna email them again. :D Send your emails to the media!

3) aang_aint_white is still going strong! Don't forget to mail your letters!

4) (courtesy of sweetie-pie jedifreac <3 <3 <3) -
FINALLY. OUR PROOF. Because for some colourblind-via-privilege people, we needed proof. Here is what everyone needs to preface their letters, comments, debates with :
"Avatar: The Last Airbender is a truly unique comic adventure with rich animation and incredible martial-arts choreography. Creators Bryan Konietzko and Mike DiMartino designed a fantastical Asian world with compelling characters and interesting creatures that will capture kids’ imaginations and spirit." - Marjorie Cohn, Executive Vice President, Development and Original Programming, Nickelodeon. SAUCE
OKAY HOW ABOUT THIS:
Since its launch, Avatar has developed a fervent fan base, and not just with kids. The unique attributes of the show -- epic storytelling, Asian influence and film quality graphics -- have generated one of the most passionate fan bases in Nickelodeon's history. - Nickelodeon Avatar Related Press Releases SAUCE
So now, tell me that Avatar isn't Asian-based. Tell me it's fantasy world therefore it can't be Asian. Tell me you still think the characters are white. Tell me we shouldn't be angry because they picked the best kids for the job/we're over-reacting/we're being so hostile over nothing/we're blowing this out of proportion. Tell me a thousand other things that dismiss or derail my opinions. TELL ME THIS ISN'T BLATANT WHITEWASHING.

NOW I CAN FINALLY SAY IT. HERE IS YOUR PROOF THAT IT SHOULD BE A RACIALLY DIVERSE CAST. THEREFORE WHAT THEY DID - HOW THEY CAST - WAS RACIST.

....ohhh yeah that felt good.
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The battle's no where near won, but at least there's more ammunition to shoot in the face of willful ignorance.

KEEP WRITING LETTERS:
aang_aint_white

KEEP CONTACTING THE MEDIA:
Email addresses here!

KEEP INFORMED:
Link roundup here!

And most importantly: KEEP TELLING YOUR FRIENDS!
 
 
NO KILL I
18 December 2008 @ 02:31 pm
It seems like every single post I make about Avatar: The Last Airbender casting ends up in people needing to share their experiences growing up as a social outcast and/or a survivor of abuse and/or victim of visual judgement. I've also seen a lot of demonstrations of subverted self-loathing and (the more amusing) claims from multiple people that they're the 'whitest-whitey-white to ever exist'. <--- Is this gonna be the next reality gameshow?? XD

I don't want to spiral every post I have about Avatar: The Last Airbender into discussions about race, racial identity, personal identity and social norms. I want to keep those posts focussed on the subject: The Last Airbender movie is being white-washed and I want to do and encourage others to do something about it.

However. I am VERY willing to acknowledge that everyone has a very unique story of their own to tell, and people are very interested in telling it. I respect that, because we are all unique and interesting in our own way (yes, even if you THINK you aren't interesting, you are. No really, YOU ARE.)

Therefore, I've created a post dedicated solely for this.

Share Your Identity
Whether related to the whole AVATAR miscast, or just in general when you have faced with racial or social issues, share them.

Tell me. Tell me how you've suffered, how you grew up, how you hate yourself, how you hurt, how you feel guilty, how you feel annoyed, how you experienced discrimination, how you face discrimination, how you've been mistreated, overlooked, judged wrongly, insulted, hated, hate. Tell me how you feel oppressed, repressed, unimpressed. How you experienced or feel social/racial segregation, isolation, repudiation, justification, manifestation, education. Tell me everything - get it out, and we can talk.

Also, if you think you're America's Next Whitest-White Person, show me whatcha got! THE WINNER GETS. A PUPPY. uh. (I'm joking; I just think it's hilarious how many people make this claim, heehehe)

And if you don't want to share with everyone, but you need an open ear, feel free to email me (glockgal AT gmail.com) or send me a private message over LJ. I don't mind.

I really do love to talk, even if online communication is one of the suckiest ways, I'll do my best to listen, sympathize and empathize. I am a PoC, I am a female and due to my environment and upbringing, yes - I also have a very open mind.


In this forum, it's a free-for-all!

My only rule is: PLEASE BEHAVE. Do not mock, dismiss or disdain. Feel free to point out, discuss and debate.
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From now on, any comments on personal sharing made in further posts of Avatar: The Last Airbender will be directed here and the thread will be frozen. With love. ♥