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AVATAR THE LAST AIRBENDER - PHILADELPHIA!!
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.

AVATAR THE LAST AIRBENDER - MORE GREAT LINKS
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.
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I kinda want to cry. WITH ANGER.

AVATAR

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

AND! AND.

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.

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?***

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!


***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!
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AVATAR
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.
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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!
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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! Collapse )

....and yet people still argue for an all-white main cast. I just. Just. Don't read the comments. *facepalms*
fem - glockgal

AZKATRAZ!

AZKATRAZ
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.

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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!

Yes
19(63.3%)
Maybe
11(36.7%)

ARTISTS: Would you participate in...

Drawble Booth! People request things, you drawble it, squee ensues
0(0.0%)
Pictionidditch! It's like pictionidditch, just HP
0(0.0%)
Portfolio Showings! Show off your fanarts to adoring/curious fans
0(0.0%)
Portfolio Reviews! Have your art reviewed by a professional artist
0(0.0%)
Portfolio Reviewers! If you're a professional artist, take the time to share your wisdom
0(0.0%)
Fanartist Meet 'n Greet! Fanartists and fanart-lovers mingle and squee
1(7.1%)
Some other awesome fanart idea - comment!
0(0.0%)

FANDOM: Are you interested in...

Drawble Booths! Request drawbles from HP fanartists
0(0.0%)
Pictionidditch! No drawing experience required
0(0.0%)
Portfolio Showings! Admire your favourite fanartist's work
0(0.0%)
Fanartist Meet 'n Greet! Fanartists and fanart-lovers mingle and squee
1(4.3%)
Some other awesome fanart idea - comment!
0(0.0%)



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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HNY 2009

AVATAR UPDATE
- 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! 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
USA


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

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.

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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!
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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/
fem - glockgal

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AVATAR THE LAST AIRBENDER

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!
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LETTER-WRITING UPDATE
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?'
fem - glockgal

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AVATAR THE LAST AIRBENDER

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.

and

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.

ETA: HOLY MOLY, SCIFI WIRE PICKED UP THE STORY WE'RE MAKING PROGRESS.

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!


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!
fem - glockgal

SHARING TIME!

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. ♥
fem - glockgal

some progress

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!
fem - glockgal

AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER

PUBLICITY
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!)
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WHY THIS IS A GOOD FIGHT
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.
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--Also a YouTube Avatar Audition of What could have been - Aang audition
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--- And the casting call for Aang. White or other? Well, now I know what category I fall into.
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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.
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POLITICAL CORRECTNESS
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!
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MEME
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).