Racebending.com from the Last Airbender Moviev

5 Jul


This is a way to bring attention to the racial discrimination in the movie The Last Airbender. All of the heroes were white, when clearly in the Last Airbender the culture is based on Inuit and Asian culture, particularly Chinese. And though the face structures are similar, it is obvious that they don’t look much like the characters.

Of course in most live actions they don’t. But I guess since Paramount hasn’t been doing well in the recession, they want to get it to sell. And a white face sells. It’s a bit interesting, I don’t know the real circumstance. I will be doing my own research.

I don’t think it can be compared to Dragonball Evolution. I mean, not only was Goku Asian, but he just didn’t look anything like Goku. Bulma was totally off, and so was Master Roshi, who lacked the gray hair. And Piccolo…sigh…I don’t know.

But with Avatar, the faces look a bit similar. And they probably played the role. But it would be better if they cast a group of people who were actually from the culture, rather than slapping a Caucasian and making them pretend to be Asian.

Maybe some of them were part Asian…I heard Aang was, but they just don’t look the part. They have to add more diversity in order to attract more people.

I was just upset Tauft wasn’t in it. The casting is shocking, and it’s ashame the only one who is South Asian was Zuko, but it is an American cartoon after all…

But I hope the movie was close to the show in story too. I’m not one to go around claiming racism, but gosh, why not place an Inuit or Asian in the movie. This is the 21st Century, right?


8 Responses to “Racebending.com from the Last Airbender Moviev”

  1. tophatal 2010/07/06 at 11:24 #

    America’s idea in Hollywood when it comes to depicting another culture is filled with some bigotry and a great deal of naivete. Look throughout the course of history of the films in Hollywood primarily made by Caucasians and the evidence is there for all to see.

    So you shouldn’t at all be surprised by this latest installment even if it’s directed by an Indian American in M Night Shymalan. I mean after the Sixth Sense the guy has gone downhill in terms of the movies he’s made.

    A great movie that depicts racial culture is Paul Haggis’ “Crash ” ! That’s now been turned into a cable series and is just as realistic in its portrayal as it was on the big screen.


    • generationnext 2010/07/06 at 16:48 #

      That’s what I think as well. I’m just concerned whether it follows the plot of the movie. I never expected them to get real Asian people as the race and culture of the characters have never been expressed, however the writer of the original series said it was based off of ancient Chinese and Inuit culture specifically. I guess people are whining about how messed up it is, and it’s mostly the Caucasians that are. For once, this was not made by a black person.


      • tophatal 2010/07/07 at 05:32 #

        John Wayne movies rarely were there African American characters. And on numerous occasions where it called for an Native American portrayal . Well what better than getting a Caucasian darken him up a bit and then have him portray and a Native American. Wayne himself was never that openly keen on minorities at times.

        But really should anyone be surprised by that fact ?


      • generationnext 2010/07/07 at 16:25 #

        Yea, and all the Caucasians who played the Native Americans were told to go outside and get a tan so they could play Native Americans. Pathetic. It is not surprising, just the reality of the US. Some people want to “try and make a difference” but it’s going to take more than one small organization to do that. People have to change their mindset, which is as hard as changing 100 light bulbs.

        Have you ever seen Little Big Man? If you haven’t, good, because that piece of crap is a prime example of racial bigotry and stereotyping.


  2. tophatal 2010/07/07 at 21:04 #

    Few films have legitimately portrayed the Native American experience. “Dances With Wolves”
    and “Soldier Blue” are the two that comes to mind. But there was also “The Legend of Walks Far Woman ” .

    Alan ……….


    • generationnext 2010/07/10 at 16:05 #

      And many Native Americans are not portrayed in a modern way, wearing 21st Century clothing and having modern American culture. They’re always portrayed like they still live in the past.


  3. tophatal 2010/07/11 at 06:36 #


    Hollywood wouldn’t know the modern way were it pinned to their tails.

    Alan ………….


  4. tophatal 2010/07/11 at 06:41 #

    Hollywood rarely looks for authenticity but would rather have you believe that they’re on the cutting edge when to real portrayal of a minority.


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