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22 January 2009 @ 03:47 pm
Breaking news, from the Philadelphia Inquirer:
Be in an M. Night movie
Director-writer-producer M. Night Shyamalan is casting for The Last Airbender, a live-action film from Paramount and Nickelodeon based on the Nickelodeon animated series, shooting here from mid-March through July....

....Casting folks are looking for extras to play soldiers, martial artists, dancers, gymnasts, athletes and families - specifically physically fit people from 18 to 65 years old. The open call will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Bullies restaurant at the Wachovia Spectrum. You're asked to dress casually or in the traditional costume of your family's ethnic background. Info: lastairbendercasting@gmail.com or 215-574-7878.
- PLEASE refer first to aang_aint_white to find out WHAT YOU SHOULD AND SHOULD NOT DO in order to have a valid voice. I plan to leave a polite, brief email and voice mail.

- Interesting to note: they don't once mention that Avatar is an Asian-based world. Isn't that just....interesting.

LET'S MAKE OUR PRESENCE KNOWN! OH PEOPLE! Gather, phone or email - politely - and if we can get press to cover the story live, even better! If anyone in Philadelphia can attend this Casting Call, leave a comment at aang_aint_white so you can join others in a peaceful gathering.

Derek Kirk Kim has not only written a great essay on the white-washing of the Avatar movie, he's also put a call out for signatures from people on the art industry - writers, illustrators, 3D artists, animators - anyone in 'the biz' who can add their louder voice to the fan outcry. Please consider signing!

FPS Magazine has also mentioned the Avatar casting as faulty whitewashing.

I wanna go to Philadelphia.
15 January 2009 @ 09:32 pm

From SequentialTart.com - editorial that ties the Last Airbender casting to the Josh Tyler article. Good reading!

An hilarious entry on The Playlist about the casting and about the fans. XD


PLEASE NOTE - SLAGGING RATHBONE OFF IN THE MTV ARTICLE'S COMMENTS WILL DO NOTHING MORE THAN HAVE PEOPLE DISMISS US AS EASILY AS HE DISMISSES RACIST ISSUES. Please carefully think about what you say if you comment. Focus on the movie-makers, not the actors!

The best part about this is being people who aren't even interested/familiar with in the Avatar series are voicing their anger over this --
Jackson Rathbone Talks Upcoming Last Airbender Film
"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."(bold is mine)
Okay. Okay.

1) I know MTV Films is a producer of this movie.

2) I can clearly see the market they're appealing to, based on the article's comments:
I think all this talk about Asian actors is silly. I'm sorry, but... it's an American show. I never got that they were supposed to be Asian. LOL.Also: *FACE. PALM*
3) I appreciate the fact that MTV has said "the casting of white actors...to play Asian characters" (bold is mine).

So there you have it YET AGAIN, folks. Avatar is Asian. Yeah, not just the food, culture, clothes, mannerisms, beliefs, combat, architecture, music, hairstyles, landmasses, art, writing - THE CHARACTERS ARE ALSO ASIAN. But apparently it's not a big deal to have an all-white main cast?

you can feel my rage?***


Email addresses here!

Link roundup here!

And most importantly: KEEP TELLING YOUR FRIENDS!

***DISCLAIMER: (Can you believe I have to Disclaimer this??) No, I don't hate Jackson Rathbone, or judge him or think he's a horrible human being. I know he's just an innocent sweet darling 24-year old child actor who can't catch a break and is struggling to get a movie role, poor underappreciated fella!
09 January 2009 @ 04:40 pm
aang_aint_white has a new post Round Two: FIGHT! which has some great new information. Check it out!

I'm starting to get comments from people saying this now:
-- These crazy race-obsessed Avatar fans all hate these INNOCENT CHILD ACTORS. I pity the poor darlings. I'm so magnanimous! WON'T SOMEONE PLEASE THINK OF THE CHILDREN

....okay. No fan is gonna hate the children. I'll repeat: NO FAN HATES CHILDREN. Any and all fan-anger is directed at the adults/companies responsible for casting the movie. Stop thinking you're a magnanimous martyred Guardian Angel of Child Actors. You're not, because NO FAN HATES CHILDREN.

djkfhdsjfhdfh I'm gonna go read the newest aang_aint_white post again to remind myself why I'm doing this......ah. Right.

Remember the awesomeness of this EW article? Now you have a way to send Nicole Sperling a response and a thank you! The more she knows how much people appreciate her attention to this, the more likely this issue will be addressed, so. Please please let her know!

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY welcomes feedback:
e-mail: ew_letters@ew.com
fax: 212-467-1223
All correspondence must include your name, address, and daytime telephone number. Letters may be edited for clarity or length.

Thanks for the info, jedifreac!

A very cool YouTube Video by chaobunny comparing images from Avatar with some really awesome photos. It's really well done and so very perfect! Embedded Version HereCollapse )

....and yet people still argue for an all-white main cast. I just. Just. Don't read the comments. *facepalms*
07 January 2009 @ 11:32 pm
Okay, so I'm back in the new year to concentrate on getting things organized for Azkatraz Art Activites (also known as Triple A! ...oh wait.) Aside from activities, I also really want to do a couple panels/workshops. HELP ME FIGURE STUFF OUT, PLEASE.

Fanart Drawing - LIVE!Collapse )

Fanart Workshop! How-To Draw...stuffsCollapse )

Fanart Prawn! (A panel for adults only)Collapse )

Fanart - Presense, Profession, Post-FandomCollapse )

Any other suggestions?

As for Art Activities, okay.
If you are attending Azkatraz, tell me which Art Activities you'd be interested in!
Poll #1327405 Azkatraz Art Activities

I am attending Azkatraz!


ARTISTS: Would you participate in...

Drawble Booth! People request things, you drawble it, squee ensues
Pictionidditch! It's like pictionidditch, just HP
Portfolio Showings! Show off your fanarts to adoring/curious fans
Portfolio Reviews! Have your art reviewed by a professional artist
Portfolio Reviewers! If you're a professional artist, take the time to share your wisdom
Fanartist Meet 'n Greet! Fanartists and fanart-lovers mingle and squee
Some other awesome fanart idea - comment!

FANDOM: Are you interested in...

Drawble Booths! Request drawbles from HP fanartists
Pictionidditch! No drawing experience required
Portfolio Showings! Admire your favourite fanartist's work
Fanartist Meet 'n Greet! Fanartists and fanart-lovers mingle and squee
Some other awesome fanart idea - comment!

On that note - the Azkatraz proposal deadline is JANUARY 30. So all your ideas on slash, ships, Snape and fandom in general - START PROPOSING THEM.
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06 January 2009 @ 04:58 pm
- 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! Click here to read it!Collapse )

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:
Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall
Kennedy/Marshall Company
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.


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

Then...I dunno.

*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.


Email addresses here!

Link roundup here!

And most importantly: KEEP TELLING YOUR FRIENDS!

PS - I made myself some ATLA icons. HEE.

Screencap credits to piandao.org and iroh.org.

I like to share, if anyone wants one. \o/
23 December 2008 @ 12:07 pm

Wikipedia's Entry on Avatar references io9.com's report on Last Airbender white washing, which is fine by me because it provides so many links to the cause. Yay, Wiki!

Also, All Headline News and via AHN, iCelebs have made the news announcement as well. I know the report uses hot topic terms like 'racist' instead of 'discriminatory' or 'non-diverse', but. It's making news and this alone gives me hope. Also, they used my most geekerific quote possible. AHAHAH.

Also, some really nicely done background checks on Asians in Hollywood film:

-- White Avatars and Asian Men in the American Media - very scathing, but chock full of really great (and sometimes really painful) points.

-- On the Avatar Movie Mess, by ravenbell - a great summation of how much deeper this impact goes and the gross underrepresentation of Asians in films.

-- The real problems with casting white actors, posted on imdb.com, dissects and sorts all the connections of Hollywood's infatuation with White hero, Asian world. Complete with disclaimer!

There have been a few cases of people's letters to both Paramount Pictures and Shyamalan's Blinding Edge Studios being Return to Sender. This is very frustrating to know that these letters which people have poured their hearts into are being rejected.

I want to say - don't be discouraged! Get angry; we're making the news, people ARE sitting up and taking notice. So the production companies want to pretend nothing's happening, until, defeated, we sit back down and shut up and accept it.

I say no.

Here's the discussion about what to do going on in aang_aint_white; in short - stay aware of the situation!!

-- The address to Kennedy and Marshall's company:
Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall
Kennedy/Marshall Company
619 Arizona Avenue, Fl. 2
Santa Monica, California 90401

(also, why do I get this image of Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall looking like those unholy studio execs from The Simpsons?)

Kathleen sez: 'We're losing male teens. Can you get jiggy with it?'
22 December 2008 @ 08:20 am

There's a discussion going on at the TWOP forums about the movie, to which the lovely jedifreac and others are trying valiantly to debunk comment gems like:

Katara herself ACTS like modern white teenager albeit with some distinct differences.


I mean Zuko's character is practically a cliche (incensed arrogant honor obsessed kungfu guy). How's this going to attract asian actors who want to be taken as nonforeign or stuck doing kungfu.

....Yeah. We've come to the bottom of the argument!barrel, folks. Here's how far the resistance!against!asians! has taken people.

There's also a neutral announcement article at AceShowBiz. I wanted to comment with a link to aang-aint-white, but I kept getting an error. Maybe the website only accepts US IPs? I dunno, but if anyone can help out.


I have no idea who that 'Sammy' person is....>.> Sure 'she' got a little misquoted, but. Uh. There it be. Also, I always love when people who have never seen the show and KNOW NOTHING ABOUT IT feel they have a right to tell fans and/or PoCs what to think. Thanks for being a douche, come again!


Email addresses here!

Link roundup here!

And most importantly: KEEP TELLING YOUR FRIENDS!
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.

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. ♥
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
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.


....ohhh yeah that felt good.

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


Email addresses here!

Link roundup here!

And most importantly: KEEP TELLING YOUR FRIENDS!
17 December 2008 @ 06:52 am
I'm serious guys - you really should write some emails to the press links listed here, because the more I think about the email I sent, the more lame my email sounds, hurr hurrr.

Make the cause sound good! The public needs to know! Help me out? I believe you can do it.

(And while you're in the letter-writing mood, aang_aint_white!)

Anyway, I'm crying a bit.. If you still think I'm overreacting to all of this, then read the following quote:

First --
ciderpress posts here:
During our early Christmas dinner this weekend, the oldest of the nephews, who is 13, brought up the subject of the incredibly white child actors that had been picked for the film version. The three of them were confused and disappointed but unable to articulate exactly why. Then the youngest, all of 7 years old, asked me whether this meant that he couldn't be Aang when he played Avatar with his friends from now on.
Then --
One of the most sensible You Tube appeals I've ever heard.
Embedded video hereCollapse )

--Also a YouTube Avatar Audition of What could have been - Aang audition
I've also embedded it under the cutCollapse )

--- And the casting call for Aang. White or other? Well, now I know what category I fall into.
Embedded under the cutCollapse )

Finally --
An interesting story on how Disney's Maddy in 'The Frog Princess' became Tiana in 'The Princess and the Frog'.

I am making no commentary about the Disney uproar because I'd rather focus on the casting of Avatar; I'd appreciate if you didn't in my journal either. However, I'm pointing this story out because I'm really delighted to see that with enough outcry and a bit of help from the public media, even an evil corporation like Disney can attempt racial awareness. Even Disney! So anytime anyone tries to tell you "Uhhh so what, it won' make a difference, shu'up" etc, first disclaimer the story, then cite this example of normal people making change to Hollywood. I mean. DISNEY. IT CHANGED.

So I've heard the term 'politically correct' used a lot, and mostly it's used in a negative, mocking, irritated way. Similar to how the term 'feminist' also - for a large majority of people - implies negative connotations about women. It's really sad that both terms have become mired in such resentful, defensive, bitter politics, since both ideals were bent on promoting equality and understanding between people. Crimeny.

Well then! If 'PC' gives you such an ugly, resistant backlash because perhaps you feel too badass/edgy/non-conformist to be 'PC' (AKA humourless pansy), then try subscribing to 'awareness' and 'cultural sensitivity'. Many people loathe being seen as 'politically correct'; maybe it'll be better to be seen as 'aware'?

Awareness is a good thing. Embrace your awareness!

And finally, because given my recent posts, I find this meme hilarious --
... PLAYED BY ...
Personality or race - you decide! Bonus points if you can find a actor who is capable of possessing both! (Hey Parminder Nagra!!! Anyone chooses Ashwarya Rai, I will LMAO).
16 December 2008 @ 01:44 pm
It's the publicity post!

As with everything else in our modern world, publicity is the way to get noticed. I've started with the most obvious venues - online new sites and newsblogs, specifically those that enjoy a good Entertainment-related story.

So, as with the aang_aint_white letter-writing campaign, please help me with getting this on some outside sources! Frankly, I think you can write a more eloquent email than I can, so PROVE ME RIGHT.

perezhilton.com: perez@perezhilton.com
gawker.com: tips@gawker.com
io9.com: tips@io9.com POSTED!
jezebel.com: tips@jezebel.com
huffingtonpost.com: scoop@huffingtonpost.com
filmschoolrejects.com: editors@filmschoolrejects.com
scifi.com (Fandom section): scifiwire@scifi.com POSTED!
onthemedia.org: http://onthemedia.org/contact/email/form
laineygossip.com: lainey@laineygossip.com
deadlinehollywooddaily.com: deadlinehollywood@gmail.com
latimesblogs.latimes.com/the_big_picture: patrick.goldstein@latimes.com
hollywoodreporter.com: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/about_us/contact_form.jsp
awn.com: Annemarie Moody(News Editor) annemarie@awn.com
24hrs.ca: news@24hrs.ca, Editor-in-Chief: dean.broughton@24hrs.ca
metronews.ca: vancouverletters@metronews.ca (or toronto, montreal, calgary, halifax, etc)
canoe.ca: http://www.canoe.ca/Help/feedback.html --lol automated response. I'm gonna keep trying.
cbc.ca/thehour: thehour@cbc.ca

asiansinamerica.typepad.com: editor@asiansinamerica.org
aafe.org: http://www.aafe.org/pgs/contactus.html

Read my NEW! UPDATED!email to them!Collapse )

In the emails to Canadian sites, I gave a sentence explaining why I thought it was an important issue for Canadians. Something about beady eyes and flappy heads.

Frankly, I think you can write a more eloquent email than I can, so if you have the time, please do so! And if you have more news sites/blogs that might be interested in this story, let me know and I'll add them to my list.

In the meantime:
We'll let the show speak for itself.

aang_aint_white: Many people have been telling us we shouldn't be offended. And of all the arguments we've been presented with this past week, the most common is also the most surprising: "These characters look white to me."

For those of you who're interested in this issue but not familiar with the show, and for those fans who want a reminder of what we're fighting to preserve: an essay in images, spanning the length of the series and ending as the show itself tellingly chose to.

It's stunning, to see this, truly. It reminds me how much time and effort went into making this world so rich in design, concept, costuming and colours. This is why it means so much to me.

And if you still have doubts after looking at the visual evidence, keep reading the comments.
15 December 2008 @ 08:20 pm

Someone, please tell me how I can respond in a good, decent, reasonable way to this individual's comment. My options at the moment are:

1) Let everyone else comment-SMASH! for me
2) Point and laugh hysterically
3) Link to the Wite-Magik Attacks of Fallacious Flip and Oversensitive and Drowning Maestro AND Wite Disdain. GOOD LORD, QUADRUPLE-WHAMMY!

Please help me before I do something stupid like delete the comment?

I wanna smack them like Jon Stewart smacked Mike Huckabee. I dooo, I really really doooooooo.

LOLOL I come home and see what's happened and..yeah. She amended herself, so. Gotta give her that.

Can I say again how much I love you guys?

No seriously, I'm on the border of weeping tears, after seeing all the ignorance over this one issue, you guys have like. Made my year. *okay gonna go run away and cry now. WITH JOY*
15 December 2008 @ 07:48 am
I'm back, and still angry!

Over the course of the past few days, I find it amazing just how vociferously people will argue why an all-POC/Asian/diverse cast isn't a good thing. No matter what you say and how many facts you point out, they just will keep saying "PROVE IT TO ME." or "THEY AREN'T ALL ASIAN" (therefore, the entire argument for diversity is moot?) or "AVATAR IS A FANTASY".

I'm amazed. 'Amazed' to rhyme with 'disgusted'. That people feel an irrational need to argue against diversity and racial representation in a movie...I just. I JUST. GYAH THE MIND BOGGLES. WHY MUST THEY DO IT.

So I've found a set of periphery links that relate to this issue, the best ones listed here --Collapse )

-- Not for the faint of heart - The Art of Defending Racism by yeloson - a scathing and yet eerily accurate summary of all the many arguments used to defend racism. It might not be an easy read for some people.

-- A beautiful, positive spin: PoC Daily, on InsaneJournal. No child actors (the Mod doesn't want to run the risk of creep factor, understandably) but a gorgeous, stunning array of PoC performers. It'll help you open your eyes.

So...yeah. I'd really love if we could get some form of media coverage on this.Collapse )

In other news, I'm bringing back my 8 Days of Happy Meme--
The rules are that for 8 days you have to post something that made you happy that day. Tag 8 people to do the same.
DAY 5: yuletart has started and it looks AWESOME!!! Also artlulz is a new art chat community, full of fun and crack and artists. Good times.

And remember:
Debunking the Arguments and What Else You Can Do
12 December 2008 @ 08:08 am
Be Pro-Active -
I debunk common defensive/dismissing/condescending/uninformed comments about The Last Airbender movie getting an all-white cast.

You had questions, I got answers. How are Konietzko and DiMartino handling this? I mean, they respect Asian culture obviouslyCollapse )

And so what about M Night Shyamalan?Collapse )

WTF is Paramount Pictures's deal? What do they want?!Collapse )

Because I'm obsessing over this, I've accumulated some great links on the subjectCollapse )

A GREAT Link Roundup-
Lemon Water - Avatar the Last Airbender's Friky Diky Cast
Don’t just take advantage of all the richness their cultures have, and shove the actual people in the background; that’s called cultural reappropiation.

- And of course aang_aint_white - Letter writing might get us somewhere! Let your voice be heard!

On the personal side -- thank you!Collapse )

Also - my 8 days meme is on hiatus. YEAH LOLZ I'M EMO.
11 December 2008 @ 10:48 am

Remember, the key is to not sound like a douche. You wanna come off better than this dude.

AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER - fans and race-respecting people, unite!
DISCLAIMER - If you are remaining neutral/not interested, dudes, that's all good and fine. This is not meant to be an attack on you. Ahaha quite the contrary! The following 'questions' have been real and true reactions to the casting of A:TLA and my reactions/responses, nothing else.

What's the deali-o?
EW released the casting of the upcoming Avatar movie, and the main cast of Asian-influenced/Inuit-influenced/PoC characters have all been slated as white actors.

So what, as long as they're good actors, right? Best actor for the part and all that.
Acting ability aside, no it is NOT RIGHT. The Avatar animated series is mired with and 100% composed of Asian influences. The world, the cultures, the people, the costumes, the script, the belief systems, the references, the mythology - everything is Asian-or-Inuit based. This is a fact, not fandom's wishful thinking. A FACT. Casting all-white actors to play roles that should go to fully capable Asian/PoC actors is insulting and discriminatory.

As for acting ability: I refuse - refuse - to believe that there are ZERO Asian and/or PoC and/or mixed-race actors to play these parts. It's a pathetic idea that only white kids were capable of acting and looking like all four main roles.

Finally - since when has Hollywood been concerned about Oscar-worthy performances from child actors in action/fantasy movies? The main Harry Potter kids definitely looked like the characters - but could they act? Not really. When did we collectively become so particular for superb child acting? Answer: Lame reason to defend whitewashing.

Well I am a fine thespian who only likes good actors, you're a big meanie for judging based on race alone/ This is Affirmative Action/political correctness/reverse racism at its worst!/ Everyone's always so mean to poor downtrodden white actors!


Most thespians can read, right? Then read this.

But kids wanna see white actors! They think the cartoon's all-white anyway! Won't someone PLEASE THINK OF THE CHILDREN.
Tell that to the ginormous population of non-white kids who love the series. Yes, they count. Anyway, kids aren't idiots. If you make a movie and cast people of colour (POCs), they aren't gonna cry to mommy and say "WHO IS THAT?! I WANT THEM TO BE WHITE. NOW. I'M SCARED OF THIS THING ON THE SCREEN, MOMMY." Kids don't want to see anything - they need to see diversity and cultural interest. And as adults, that's our responsibility to ensure cultural respect. Not white-wash.

But that's just the movie-making business. Blame the execs. There's nothing we can do, whatev, meh, suck it up, I'm not surprised anymore, my name is Eeyore, etc
This has to be the lamest excuse EVER. I don't even know how I should address it, it's so stupid. If you want to remain sheeplike, defeated and complacent, fine. Go back into your cave. Stick to being a consumerist drone, I hear it's what Hollywood likes. Oh, and, excise your mind of box-office Asian-cast money-maker movies. *gasp* Is there really such a thing??

The show is American, so the parts should go to American actors!
Sure I agree, buddy! Wait. Wait. Oh my god, did you not realize that there are Asians and PoC who are also American? Here's another fact to blow your mind: Asian people can speak fluent English! Breathe, remain calm. I know it's a crazy idea at 'American' doe not equal 'white', but there it is.

But so-and-so character has pale skin, big eyes and light eyes! Those are Caucasian features! Therefore he could be white!
FACT ONE: Not all Asians have dark skin
FACT TWO: Not all Asians have small ickle tiny eyes
FACT THREE: Not all Asians have dark eyes
FACT FOUR: Many Asian children have giant melon eyes. BECAUSE THEY'RE CHILDREN.
FACT FIVE: Asian people have many many differing facial features too! Just like Caucasian facial features! Zowie! Zoinks! Zounds!

They are all dressed in blatantly Asian-style clothes and follow many Asian-influenced precepts. I don't know how many times I can say this. So just once, just this once just accept the possibility that a kid dressed in Tibetan monks clothing who subscribes to a Buddhist-type religion should therefore be Asian. Yes, pale skin, big eyes and all.

No, but Water Tribe have blue eyes, and Earth Kingdom have brown/green eyes. That's so much more a white trait than Asian, so they're white, right?
Not entirely true. Blue eyes do exist for non-whites. ZOINKS!

Regardless, Avatar is a cartoon influenced by Asian/Inuit/non-European concepts, but the races are fictional. The creators use eye colour to denote the fantasy races - blue for water, brown/green for earth, etc.

Okay, well see? The world is plainly a fantasy world with fantasy races that have no specific correspondence to any Earth race; so why not LET THERE BE WHITE?

(quoth tablesaw)- There's also the argument that because the series is set in a fantasy world, there isn't actually any intersection between race and skin color as it exists in our world (ergo, somehow, everyone should be white), an argument also used in the Earthsea adaptations.

Also - Marjorie Cohn, Executive VP of Nicklodeon herself has said that Avatar is an 'fantastical Asian world' (source). I don't think she means everything else is Asian-influenced...but the peoples are still white. Yeah. That makes sense.

(One more to add!)
OMG stop saying everyone should be Asian! It's a fantasy world, they shouldn't all be Asian! All-Asian casts are illogical!
....but an all-white cast is okay? Okay....

Please understand- most people aren't asking for ALL-AZN, they're asking for diversity. Just like the Avatar cartoon shows racial diversity - fictional races or no - a little casting diversity would be um. Correct.

Honestly, if you can't tell that Avatar:The Last Airbender is an Asian-based fantasy world (as opposed to say, a European-based fantasy world like Middle Earth?), I....I dunno what to say.

I think Toph could be played by a Latino girl, she's not necessarily Asian. Therefore you're somehow being crazy and Asian-obsessed.
Um...good for you? I'm not arguing about what PoC can possibly fit what character, I'm arguing about an all-white cast for non-white characters. Open your eyes - we're in agreement.

Why do people need to argue so hard against this racial representation uproar, that they have to start saying stuff like this? It's...amazingly horrible.

But they're voiced by white voice actors in the cartoon! So why are you all angry at the movie casting?
So...by this logic, I should be rabid that Apu Nahasapeetapetalan is voiced by Hank Azaria, or that the dragon-thing from Mulan is voiced by Eddie Murphy or that Bender is voiced by Joe DiMaggio? OH MY GOD.

SCAR FROM LION KING IS VOICE-ACTED BY JEREMY IRONS AKA...A HUMAN. GASP. THIS IS HORRIBLE. Despite us never seeing them during the cartoon, apparently voice actors must always be exactly whatever they're voice-acting! Because a cartoon and live-action are so very, very similar, yeah? Yeah.

But they look white!
Okay well, words aren't making a difference to you, so maybe images will?

Okay, how about this lesson in Cartoon Art 101.

No? Okay, how about this--
(quoth aang_aint_white): There's more to a character's ethnicity than the way their face is drawn. And just because a character design doesn't have exaggerated ethnic features doesn't mean they then "default" to white. That kind of thinking is exactly what this campaign is trying to fight against.

Clothes and names and culture and the setting they live in say as much about their ethnicity as the way their faces are drawn.

My PoC friend says/I'm PoC and I say it's okay, so shut up why are you complaining?
Via Appeal to Melanin This is an attack wherein a non-brown person attempts to negate the argument/complaint/insight of a brown person by claiming the non-brown opinion is...backed up by a black or brown or chinese or filipino or puerto rican etc friend who feels the same way.

Guess what - I have an opinion too! And it doesn't agree with yours, or your PoC friend! Whatta crazy concept that PoCs can have varying opinions on things!

It's just a movie, chill out.
I'm glad you think it's just a movie. Must be really nice to have such a life where you don't feel discrimination, and therefore cannot possibly conceive how it must feel to have something that clearly celebrates multiculturalism taken away from you. Great! Just don't tell me to 'chill out' because I'm angry. I can make my voice heard and I want to entreat others as well. So let us cute widdle PoCs make our cute little grr!fight and you can run along pretending racism is over, okay?

Yeah but so-and-so PoC was cast as white!character in some other movie; and I'm not all angry about that!
(quoth cereta) - Because, you know, trying to increase representation of a group that is underrepresented and whitewashing an entire cast are TOTALLY THE SAME THING.

I'm curious to know more. Are you the only person angry about this?
Why no! I have a link Roundup HERE - READ WHAT OTHERS SAY. And the list keeps growing, and this keeps me happy and proud.

Screw the Man! I'm interested and outraged! What can I do?
GLAD YOU ASKED!! As it so happens, I have a list.

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28 February 2008 @ 03:57 pm
A post on health. I've never done this before, fwahaa.

A friend on LJ, a member of fandom has opened up a new blog regarding a form of 'therapy' (read: torture) that she experienced as a child. She has opened up this forum so it'll no longer be a secret to those who've survived or to those who had no clue this sort of horrible, inaccurately named 'attachment therapy' exists.

Be warned, it is not an easy thing to read, but it's something that everyone should.

"Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive...those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience."



For her sense of safety, our fandom friend has chosen to remain anonymous.

I went to see a physiotherapist yesterday; I'd never ever gone to see one before and had no real idea wtf they did, but. I had been getting pain in my wrists and elbow during work and at home. I used to get sharp, stabby pains in my shoulder blades. I fixed myself some ghetto-ergonmics at work and it helped a lot; but I wanted to see the physiotherapist just in case.

I have such a fear of carpal tunnel. Such a fear.

Good news is, the awesome physio doctor said I was no where near to carpal tunnel. What I have is major flexibility (to the point of it not being good) coupled with minor strength, especially in my shoulders. What results is my elbows and wrists overcompensating, hence inflammation and pain.

She said this is the case with a lot of computer users and gave me all these pointers to helpCollapse )

I used to feel like I was pregnant, it was so bad. my tummy would be pressing hard against my pants and it was painful and degrading. So then my friend _happyd_ said her doctor told her to only eat warm food. Everything must be warm or hot - from the water you drink, to the fruit you eat (should be room temperature). Foods like yogurt were generally out, if eaten cold.

So I tried it out and. MY GOD. What a difference it makes! I love drinking hot water anyway, so that wasn't a problem. And planning my meals to ensure they are hot/warm/room temoerature is easier than you think. Now I am bloat-free! Woohooooooo!


Damn! Ran out of time to find/post BoB pics. Next time!
03 January 2008 @ 04:46 am
So amidst all the holiday gluttony, I saw and heard about a lot of interesting behaviour regarding people's fanworks and feedback on LJ. Of course these topics creep up because it was holiday season and there were jillions of fic and art fests going on.

I debated over LJ/fandom etiquette and fandom's complaints with my sister and the visiting star_maple which of course led to me saying "I MUST POLL THIS."

And they wholehartedly agreed. So here it is!


Posting Fanworks: A Poll about Comments, Recs, Advice and StrategyCollapse )

Oh and feel free to comment and discuss/clarify/rudely point out what I did wrong; I love that. (Except the latter).
14 December 2007 @ 04:59 pm
For all the Vancouverites, 2010 Olympic fans and 2010 Olympic Mascot fans:

A little bit of funny, Vancouver-style. If you haven't already seen this, then enjoy! Laugh! Snort derisively! It's what we Vancouverites do best. ;D

Remember the debut of these supposedly adorable widdle 2010 Olympic mascots?

R. Filbrandt responds oh, so cleverly here and here.

Heh heh. My favourite are 'Junki' and 'A-Hole'. Ahhhhhh, I gotta love it when other people hate the Olympics as much as I do, and express it through comics.
15 November 2007 @ 04:24 pm
How much do I love the new 'edit comment' feature that LJ's sporting? Thos Thsi Tihs much. XD

Also, I feel like a total wretched cad for my last post. Hey Glock, let's see how sad and unhappy you can make people about their art! It isn't enough for artists to beat themselves up constantly over their art skills, I think it'll be better to create a public forum over which to self-flagellate. Yeah. Isn't that a GREAT idea? GOOD JOB, WINNER.

In order to correct my heinous mistake, I'm turning this post into a Fanart Love Meme of sorts. Oh wait --

Fanartist Love Meme

There, that's better.

1) ARTISTS: Comment with your name and say why you love your own art/making art.
2) EVERYONE ELSE (artists and art-lovers)!! Reply to artists to add further why you love their art. This isn't a personal-love meme, it is ALL ABOUT THE ART.
3) PIMP! As my last post indicates, artists are delicate like puppies or kittens or puptins. Spread the love, instant karma; you know the drill.

I fully expect everyone who commented on the last post to comment on this one. FULLY. EXPECT. *looks stern and task-misstressy*

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My journal is apparently only about polls. I can't meta, so I poll!

Well, at least this one I can blame on Cathy, because I lurve her. *hee*

Please do pimp far and wide! My personal flist is obviously very biased (no one's here just cause they like my personality!) so I really want to try and get this poll to reach ALL fandoms, including movies and TV and RPF/S and so forth. I'd love to get a good cross-section of all types of fandomers for this.

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26 February 2007 @ 05:57 am
Wizard Clothes
sure it's been pondered over millions of times already, but I'm doing it once more!

Drawing some recent canon art has given me a lot of thoughts and re-thoughts on clothes, fashion and style in the HP Wizarding World.

I consulted the HP Lexicon for reference/research.

So it's established that wizards, for the most part, tend to stick the the standard outfit: robes, boots/shoes and cloaks. Accessories like hats, gloves, scarves, earmuffs and handbags are normal in both the wizard and the Muggle worlds. I don't quite recall, but I think in GoF the Beauxbaton girls were also sporting armmuffs. Or maybe that was just my imagination.

There are exceptions to this standard outfit. Fudge for example, wears trousers. Whether or not this is just a Minister of Magic accoutrement as a liason between Muggle and Wizard world, I prefer to assume that other wizards wear trousers as well. They are likely not Muggle-style jeans or cargos, as it seems wizards tend to wear much brighter and extravagantly designed clothes in general.

And by this reasoning, I'd also like to think that witches do wear skirts, or at least perhaps shorter, thinner material robes on hotter days.

Finally, I'm assuming that due to weather changes, robes can also be layered. On a cool autumn day, Snape for example might layer his robes for school. He'd start off with underwear first, and then maybe a thin shorter robe (like a nightie). Then his normal long robes, which on warmer days he could wear by itself. Then an overrobe, possibly with clasps (the equivalant being Muggle blazers or cardigans). And finally, for traversing outside, a cloak. Too bad he forgot his boots, oh noes frostbite!!!

So what about the kids?

It says in the Lexicon that the kids and younger adults will for the most part wear Muggle-ish clothing on casual days. But I don't think this is entirely the case. For people like Dean, Tonks and the Creeveys all having Muggle parents, sure.

But how would pureblood children wear Muggle clothes, if their parents don't even know that nighties and galoshes are not everyday Muggle wear? Where would Gran Longbottom even start trying to shop for Muggle clothes? And can you imagine Draco lounging around in a vintage The Young Ones t-shirt and factory-distressed black cordouroys? (well, of course we can because it's so emo, but that's not the point, heeheh)

So like, say the Trio have a weekend to Hogsmeade. Hermione could possibly be in a nice cotton blouse and cargo skirt that she bought at, say, H&M. And Harry would be in some Duddie-jeans and a Duddie-tshirt (the boy doesn't have much of an imagination in the fashion department; why doesn't the poor socially-inept child go an a bloody shopping spree in canon? Why didn't Parvati and Lavender have a Fashion Intervention? Oi.) And Ron? As a fullblood wizard, Ron'd be wearing something completely wizardly.

Ron would wear casual robes, then? Perhaps, but if jumpers and trousers are the norm in the wizarding world, that style of clothes - except completely un-Mugglelike - would be acceptable. So. What would he wear, that's distinctly wizardly and completely un-Muggle? Children's casual wizardly clothes is something left up to the fanartist's imagination.

I can think of a couple exceptions to this pureblood dress:
1) Bill Weasley, who dresses like he was going to, as Harry put it, a rock concert.
2) young!Sirius Black. While not established in canon, I can see teenaged Sirius gleefully trying out Beatle boots, bellbottoms and colourful striped polyester shirts with wide lapels.

Why these two? Because they are both purebloods and they are both, to different extents, rebellious. Bill is a rebel in that "Dude, I'm so cool. But I still love my folks!" and; and Sirius, rebellious in possibly every way.

However, most fullblood wizards tend to stick to their own and consider Muggle anything to be odd and strange, including their clothes.

Hmm. Anyway, I'm purposely not mentioning the movies because they are not my canon. With the exception of the Quidditch uniforms, because I LOVED those designs, ahah!

Okay, and I did rely on the movies' British school uniform designs in my fanart as well, but I'm trying to break out of that lazy habit and utilize my own imagination. There's nothing wrong with the movie designs, but it's just not my thing anymore; it's a personal choice.

Despite all these various difference, at least one article is clothing is firmly established as an unchanging crossover between Muggle and wizard clothing. I'm referring of course, to socks. Pretty eiw, but there it is!
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31 October 2006 @ 11:12 pm
It's 50 minutes to midnight and I need to go to bed, so...


Post your self-portrait here, all you Van Goghs and Kahlos!

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EDIT When I'm not choking on deadlines, I'm gonna comment individually to each AMAZING portrait, but for now I just gotta say - you guys are FANTASTIC. I WANT TO CRY. Refreshing my LJ all day is seriously keeping me sane, inspired and enthusiastic.
21 September 2006 @ 12:22 pm
Have you ever received feedback for a fanwork (fic, art, icon, wallpaper, etc) that you've posted on LJ?
Ask your friends to take this poll! Inquiring minds (aka my mind) needs to know this stuff...for no reason.


So. I don't know how much you guys know about my love for the battle of Thermopylae, specifically Steven Pressfield's novel Gates of Fire. I know it's all non-novel and paperbacky, but I looove it. Loooove.

That said, my seester pointed me towards 300, based on the graphic novel by Frank Miller (Sin City = yay! everything else = blah,grr,argh) regarding the very same battle.

And so. Gerard Butler and David Wenham. But I watched the trailer for 300 and I'm just like...hmm. I love this battle, and I'm guessing that they're trying to aspire for a very graphic-novely-combined-with-historical FEEL, but. Hmm. I feel torn.

And kind of disappointed. I really wish they'd get Gates of Fire made into a movie instead! Like a good movie, unlike Timeline.
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