Goss (gossymer) wrote,
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Petition Signing

It's not just about a movie. It's not just about a bunch of fans being wanky.

When you get down to it, the issue the petition focuses on is racism.

My frustration can be explained via two pictures. Characters in the cartoon:



The casting of the same characters in the movie:



This is about the way Hollywood has been doing movies, where heroes = whites and villains = people of color. Whitewashing has been happening throughout the history of film and it continues today.

Personally, the rage I feel comes primarily from the fact that the entire Water Tribe - the nation with pretty much the darkest skin tone in the series - has been white-washed. And at the same time, we have Fire Nation - the villains, with a much lighter skin tone than the Water Tribe - as an asian!nation.

Hollywood has done this time and again with movies and I can't even explain the frustration I feel to see it being done to Avatar which has always been about going past that.



I hate the way people are telling others to just suck it up and deal - that nothing can be done, that it's just a movie and doesn't matter in the scheme of things. It's not just Avatar - it's Dragonball, it's Prince of Persia, it's AKIRA, its Cowboy frickin Bebop.

And Avatar isn't a Japanese anime being turned into an American movie - it's already a western cartoon and doesn't need to be Americanized for mass consumption and to increase marketability because those Asian themes its incorporates is exactly WHY there's such a huge fan base already in America and the world over.

Just. ARGH.

If y'all haven't signed the petition yet *points to the button above*
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