May 22nd, 2010

Sparkly Sokka

Link: L.A. Times addresses "racebending" in The Last Airbender and Prince of Persia

It's been a while since I've talked about Paramount Pictures shameful casting of The Last Airbender, but make no mistake: I'm just as angry as ever that characters of color are to be played by white actors in a film based on a story that I love. While it's certainly too late to save The Last Airbender from the mire of racefail, it's still not too late to raise awareness of the larger issues at work here.

I'm pleased to say that a major newspaper has now picked up the story of the protest, and I think the article does a very good job of explaining the issue of racebending. Please check it out.

Hero Complex: Hollywood whitewash? 'Airbender' and 'Prince of Persia' anger fans with ethnic casting