The Epic Racefail of The Last Airbender
Please take a moment to read Ellen Oh’s blog: http://elloecho.blogspot.com/2010/02/whitewashing-is-racist.html
Here’s a brief excerpt: The movie has been completely whitewashed so that the rich culture of Asia that made the television series so wonderful is now represented by white actors. I can’t help but wonder what this really means. I’m sad for my children who were shocked to hear that Asian faces weren’t good enough to portray an Asian character. I’m sad for this culture that devalues the contributions of their Asian citizens. They believed that to make Airbender more relatable to the white majority, they needed to put white faces in Asian roles. At least the original casting of Prince Zuko with Jessie McCartney was replaced by Dev Patel. But notice the one main Asian actor happens to be the role of the antagonist.
People, this insanity has to stop. If you’re an author or artist, don’t be so quick to sign your rights away, I beg you. More often than not, there will be no diversity in the casting unless and until we speak out, we meaning the creators of projects. If anyone tells you Hollywood casts white because that’s all audiences want to see, call them on it (maybe its all THEY want to see). This is both a tragedy and a travesty….