March 16th, 2009

Sparkly Sokka

Petition asking Paramount Pictures to correct unethical casting of The Last Airbender

What follows is the form letter provided by racebending.com. I've already given my own words on the subject here.

Hi, I just signed the petition protesting the discriminatory casting practices of Paramount's The Last Airbender. This 2010 M. Night Shyamalan children's film, adapted from the animated series Avatar: The Last Airbender, will star white actors playing ethnically Asian characters. In this day and age, casting white actors to play Asian characters--even going so far as to "whitewash" the Asian fantasy setting—is simply ignorant and unacceptable. You can learn more about the film's discriminatory practices at www.racebending.com.

The production made a choice. That choice sent a clear message:
"Children of Color: You are not good enough to play the hero, even if that hero shares your ethnicity."

Please join me by signing the petition protesting The Last Airbender, to be presented to the producers of the film: Sign the petition!


Filming is supposed to be starting this week in Greenland, so time is of the essence. Please sign the petition today. Also, if you do decide to sign it, I'd appreciate if you'd leave a comment here to let me know. Thanks.

Joie