(I have lots to post, bear with me and read through! It's worth it!)
PROTESTS - LET'S GO PUBLIC
So there was an awesome little protest that happened over the weekend at the Philadelphia casting call by. Yes, it was only two people. But their story is amazing. Plus, it garnered enough attention for NY Press and LJ's own OhNoTheyDidn't to cover the story. This is a win.
In the mood for a little awareness-spreading? I have some suggestions-
New York ComicCon - Feb 6-8
Are you going? Please consider attending the Asian Americans and Super Heroes: Secret Identities panel and mention/inquire their opinions on the Avatar casting! Or yellowface in general. :D
( Here's info on the panel:Collapse )
Another Protest in Philly?
There's gonna be another casting call on February 7th in Philadelphia, from 10AM to 4PM at the Independence Hall Visitor Center - please consider attending! Details here.
Because really - this is the kind of things the casting agents will be looking for --
"We want you to dress in traditional cultural ethnic attire," [the casting director] said. "If you're Korean, wear a kimono. If you're from Belgium, wear lederhosen."Yeah. She actually said this and has NO PROBLEM WITH IT BEING PUBLISHED.
If you can't attend but want to do something, consider Emailing the Daily Pennsylvanian's Editor, or commenting to that news report with your anger. The more the newspapers hear about this, the better!
JESSE MCCARTNEY IS A DOUCHE
I mean, we all know this. Also, he isn't a poor widdle innocent child actor, so I can slag him all I want. Actually, I was holding off quite well on personal Jesse-slagation, but then jaquenerd alerted me to a phone interview the fool had with an Arizona radio on The JohnJay Rich Show.
Listen to the mp3 to hear what he says! IT IS PURE NONSENSE. If you can't stand the sound of Jesse's absolute inane voice, thanks to the lovely jaquenerd we now can ( has transcriptCollapse )
If you can't bear to read through the stupidity, here are some gems:
JESSE: like cartoon anime series called Avatar: The Last Airbender that was explosively huge in Asia. They brought it to the US and it was on for, like, three seasons, uhh...
JESSE: I’ve been in kung-fu, dude, for like, three hours a day. Like- Martial arts and stuff. Fighting with like, different ninjas, and, it’s crazy, man.
RADIO DJ: Can you fight now? D’you think you can fight somebody with kung-fu?
JESSE: Um, one of the, one of the people’s, uh, one of the girls, her name is Nicola. She’s been in a few films. I forget her last name but she’s...gorgeous, and she’s an amazing actress.
RADIO DJ #1: You know what’s funny, dude? Is that you’ve got those big eyes. You kind of look like one of those anime movies.
RADIO DJ #2: Aww, he’s so cute! Well, you do have the anime, spiky hair.
We have a lot of publicity and it's gaining more interest, so please, don't stop now!
The Cartoon Brew news and The Maykazine blog have written articles on Avatar White-Washing, yay!
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