Hello beautiful people,
I just received this from our friend Anselmo Villanueva in Oregon. Please support this boycott of "The Last Airbender" movie. My kids and I love
the cartoon--and it's so nice to see Asian and Inuit representation in such a positive way for our children. But Hollywood's casting of white actors in these roles for the movie is an insult but typical of their continued Yellow Face and race bending/white washing practices. I personally am finished supporting M. Night Shyamalan movies as well.
In Struggle and Solidarity,
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Han invited you to "Boycott 'The Last Airbender' Film" today. Maki Doolittle, Leo Chiang, and 8 other friends are also invited.
Han says, "I'm aware that many of you might actually disagree with Racebending on the issue of the casting of the Last Airbender film. If nothing else, please watch our doc: "Yellow Face" which will be online in the next few days before you purchase a movie ticket.".
Event: Boycott 'The Last Airbender' Film
Start Time: Today, July 1 at 12:00am
End Time: Thursday, September 16 at 2:00pm
Where: Your Wallet
To see more details and RSVP, follow the link below:
The Facebook Team
"We want to support The Last Airbender film, but we cannot in good conscience support a production that systematically excludes people of color from heroic roles."
'The Last Airbender' (2010) is a live-action Paramount film directed by M. Night Shyamalan. It is based on a popular cartoon called 'Avatar: The Last Airbender' on Nickelodeon. The world of 'Avatar: The Last Airbender' was heavily inspired by Asian and Inuit cultures, and championed by Asian and Inuit heroes.
For children, the animated series was an opportunity to witness heroes and heroines of color – an opportunity that enriched all of us, regardless of ethnicity. With the live-action film adaptation, that opportunity was lost.
'The Last Airbender' cast white actors to portray Asian/Inuit heroes, the latest example of Caucasians playing Asians (e.g., '21', 'Dragonball Evolution', 'Kung Fu', and more).
Paramount's choices have taken the film away from the integrity and dedication to cultural accuracy that fans respected in the original animated series.
Did they find the best actors? Initial casting calls for the principal roles clearly indicated a preference by using the wording, "Caucasian or any other ethnicity."
This preference was not seen when casting for background actors which sought "authentic Asians." Relegating actors of color to unnamed featured characters, villains and background extras perpetuates Hollywood's glass ceiling. [More: http://www.racebending.com/v3/learn/
The most important color in Hollywood is green. Paramount, or any other production company, should NOT PROFIT from such discriminatory casting practices.
HOW TO BOYCOTT:
1. Do NOT pay to see this film in theaters. This is most important.*
2. Tell your friends and family that you're boycotting the film and why. Discourage them from watching the film if you can.
3. Do NOT endorse or purchase any promotional products connected to the film (e.g., action figures, Happy Meals, novelizations, video games, etc.).
4. DO endorse products connected to the original animated series (e.g., series DVDs, toys, artbooks, etc.).
* If you do nothing else, please DO NOT PAY to see this film in theaters. Box office figures are the biggest indicator of a film's success or failure. If you really, and I mean REALLY want to see it, wait a couple of months to rent it on DVD. Or better yet wait til it's On Demand; the idea is to only give them cents instead of dollars if any money at all.
THE TIME TO ACT IS NOW
This is not the first instance of racebending in film, nor will it be the last. 'The Last Airbender' is the biggest and most recent example. We ultimately want to end the practice of yellowfacing, whitewashing, and racebending in the media.
Now is the time to make your voice heard.
BOYCOTT 'THE LAST AIRBENDER.'
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