The following exceprts are taken from the article entitled: Some see racist theme in alien adventure 'Avatar' By: Jesse Washington (AP)
- Near the end of the hit film "Avatar," the villain snarls at the hero, "How does it feel to betray your own race?" Both men are white — although the hero is inhabiting a blue-skinned, 9-foot-tall, long-tailed alien.
This world is stupid.
Since the film opened to widespread critical acclaim three weeks ago, hundreds of blog posts, newspaper articles, tweets and YouTube videos have said things such as the film is "a fantasy about race told from the point of view of white people" and that it reinforces "the white Messiah fable."
This world is doubly stupid. Not only is using the term Messiah contentious it's just down right tiresome. It's a tired word. It needs to not be used. Just like racist is tiresome. Liberal and conservative is tiresome. (Insert name here) agenda is tiresome. If you have a problem it's time to state the problem instead of metamorphing it into a cliche and expecting to be taken seriously.
Adding to the racial dynamic is that the main Na'vi characters are played by actors of color, led by a Dominican, Zoe Saldana, as the princess.
Yeah, cause it couldn't be because they have great voices or that they speak powerfully. No...no...it has to do with what people can only see on the outside. Yeah, that only makes who you state did that racist, not you for pointing it out as something YOU noticed. No way.
"It's really upsetting in many ways," said Lee, who is black with Jamaican and Chinese ancestry. "It would be nice if we could save ourselves."
I don't know here's an idea: maybe instead of making gangsta films with the hood and the gang signs and the rapers and the angry at the world characters...y'all could make films that James Cameron did instead of...OMG NO WAY...expecting the "white messiah" to come along and make one for you. Don't take it from me. I wouldn't want to save you since I'm in no way the same skin tone as you. If only firemen thought like that during a fire. Hey here's a white kid. I am black. I can't save him. Get Frank up here. He's white. He can save him, because it's the politically correct thing to do and I'm pretty sure they are the same tone of white.-- said J_Jammer who is a race mutt a hybrid of Japanese and Irish.
"When will whites stop making these movies and start thinking about race in a new way?" wrote Newitz, who is white.
I don't know. It seems to me the only people thinking in that way are people that are pretentious enough to think that they only see what is hidden from view. So they have to point it out and then subtly call people racist in hopes they get others to agree with their pretentious point and then they can pat themselves on the back and be happy that they did a good job for others who are not the same skin color as them...what did I just do there? Ohnose.
"It's a film with still a certain kind of distortion," he said. "It's a movie that hasn't yet freed itself of old Hollywood traditions, old formulas."
You know if I decided to do math in the "new" way and say that 2 and 2 is 1 billion then I would be making a lot of money. Who the hell needs the old traditions and formulas in math when I can have my own? Awesome...
There will always be a way to make money in Hollywood that works. Whether or not that is something people agree with...aww doesn't matter. It is not Hollywood that decides this. It's the viewers. You're not fixing the problem if Hollywood changes anything. The moviegoers decide what is and isn't popular. So one shouldn't worry about what Hollywood has or hasn't done. They should worry about what a viewer finds interesting and not. They decide. It's not like Wal-Mart became popular because it wanted to. McDonald's is on the same front there...people decide, not the business.
"Can't people just enjoy movies any more?" a person named Michelle posted on the Web site for Essence, the magazine for black women, which had 371 comments on a story debating the issue.
Where is this person and why can't we clone 'em?
It is funny that the article had to point out who was what race, as if that gave more creditability to what they were saying because they were this color instead of that. Where do these people come from and why were they not rejected legally at birth so that they didn't have to spawn such stupidness for us all to endure?
It is nice that a film can have people discuss things at a "deeper" level, but this is ridiculous. I did not think that Avatar was outstanding enough for me to put it in my Top Ten of 2009. It had to be on the list somewhere so I made it the Top 20 instead. It is a good film, but to give more credit to it than is necessary is just insane. It's like a fable. A fable is a simple story that has a moral. It doesn't have to be complex. It doesn't have to use huge words that only scientist bore themselves with. It speaks to the people on their level and leaves them with their own thoughts on what has transpired. Avatar isn't as remarkable as a fable, but it is sort of like one. People saw it and maybe they got something out of it and maybe they didn't, but who cares what skin color is what character? I don't.
I write stories all the time and I don't really focus on what characters look like too much and when I do I don't make it a note to state what skin color they are because I don't care. It has no barring on how I tell the story. It never will. I refuse to be confined by this world's need to see what people are on the outside to determine worth of the inside...just like people are doing to the outside of Avatar's look.
I leave you with a speech from Shakespeare's play The Merchant of Venice and though you might have heard it before or read it before maybe this time it'll actually mean something and you won't soon forget it:
Hath not a Jew eyes? Hath not a Jew hands, organs,
dimensions, senses, affections, passions; fed with
the same food, hurt with the same weapons, subject
to the same diseases, heal'd by the same means,
warm'd and cool'd by the same winter and summer
as a Christian is? If you prick us, do we not bleed?
If you tickle us, do we not laugh? If you poison us,
do we not die? And if you wrong us, shall we not revenge?
If we are like you in the rest, we will resemble you in that.
If a Jew wrong a Christian, what is his humility?
Revenge. If a Christian wrong a Jew, what should his
sufferance be by Christian example? Why, revenge.
The villainy you teach me, I will execute,
and it shall go hard but I will better the instruction.
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