The website is called www.racebending.com and it’s mainly in reference to Avatar: The Last Airbender (no matter how much it might remind you of genderbending) which is a title for a feature film directed by M. Night Shyamalan. What is "Avatar: The Last Airbender" about? Read its Wikepedia page.
I have updated my queue on Netflix and I’ll be receiving the episodes for this show starting this week. I will not, under any circumstances, be altering my view on this just because of watching the cartoon. I needed something interesting to watch and this just happens to be something I might like, like Doctor Who when I first heard about it. Unfortunately Doctor Who is white and according to these people at Racebender me being half Asian shouldn’t find anything appealing about heroes that are white because they are not just like me.
I plan on exploring as much of this website through my very pissed off thinking on this matter. This is part one. No need to flood you with my disgust and massive disappointment all at once. I’ll trickle it for your enjoyment.
The mission statement for Racebending.com (I feel like making up a name to mock them):
Through open dialogue and grassroots protest, we seek to raise awareness.
Through organized boycott and communication with Hollywood representatives, we encourage studios to create television and film that reflect the true richness of the American people.
What they mean to say is that they want to dictate who gets to be picked for what roles, because they better understand how acting works than those that actually get paid to do the job. They would have been more pleased if there were no white people in the film at all. Shut them out like a Bollywood film or Japanese studio film. Because it is ok to shut out white people, because these same white people enslaved blacks and made them pick cotton and they made the Chinese work on the rail roads all for less than nothing. Oh and less forget they killed American Indians during the creation of America and put Japanese in concentration camps during WWII. They deserve to suffer for what their nasty, evil ancestors did. MAKE THEM SUFFER!
Apparently the cartoon is set “in an Asian-influenced world of Chinese martial arts and elemental manipulation.” It draws on traditional ways of Chinese and Japanese culture. I have read that they are ambiguous characters in this show. Meaning they are not specifically any race. The animated show had high ratings on Nicktoons (5.6 million) and was “nominated and won awards from the Annual Annie Awards, the Genesis Awards, the primetime Emmy awards and a Peabody Award.”
The Avatar world has Asian influences meaning that the whole world is supposedly Asian like but the races of this world are what? That’s right: ambiguous. That would mean that there were no white people. What would happen if a world was created that had ambiguous races but all the races looked white? All hell would break loose. This is about Asians screaming MINE, MINE, MINE and less about what the story.
I am mad that Captain America is about to be played by the same actor (who I like) that played the Human Torch. Captain America does not make jokes. Chris Evans just looks like he cracks jokes all the time even when he’s not smiling. He’s NOT Captain America material, but I’m not going to protest this. They made the decision and I’m going to see the film and then decide if I was right or wrong about being weary. It’s not that I think he cannot do it as much as I cannot stand when they use an actor that already had a role in the Marvel Universe (or another superhero). Like Ryan Reynolds who played Deadpool is also going to play the Green Lantern, another he looks like he’s joking when he’s serious actor. Green Lantern isn’t a funny guy like Deadpool. It’s not a great idea. It might work, but that doesn’t mean it needs to. They could have picked someone else. They should have to, but again I’m not going to create a website and whine about it, because it won’t matter. They’ll do as they want and my voice will be lost in the screaming girls that really don’t matter as much as actual fans. Trust me girls as fans is not at all as fun as it might seem…*sigh*
The creators Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko were interested in Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings but they wanted to take a different approach. They love Japanese anime, Hong Kong action and kung fu cinema, yoga, and Eastern philosophies so that had a hand in their creation of “Avatar: The Last Airbender”. (Taken from Wikipedia article) But the races, again, are ambiguous. There’s nothing specific, and yet we’re supposed to believe that they are Asian via ambiguity. Okay….
X-Men, Fantastic Four and the Avengers were mainly white when they were first created. (Though the X-Men have Storm, Jubilee, Psylock, Warpath, and Dust to name a few.) There have been no change in the Fantastic Four’s make-up (excluding the times when different characters have taken a specific spot on the team still making up four members; such as Luke Cage who is black) that would add much color, but the X-Men and the Avengers have had teammates of different races. Now think of all the villains for each team and tell me the villains that were a different race outside of white? X-Men have Magneto, Apocalypse, Mr. Sinister, Mojo, The Hellfire Club, Saruon, The Shadow King and the Government…all white or white origin. Wolverine has villains that are Japanese like Lady Deathstrike and the Silver Samurai. The Fantastic Four have Dr. Doom. The Avengers have aliens and many other villains that are for each individual team member but none that are different races outside of the Mandarin for Ironman. There are many different races when dealing with the hero side of this argument, but not many when dealing with the villains. Is there a problem because the majority of the villains for Marvel are white? No. Why should there be? It’s ok to have more white villains but not heroes.
In their “Who We Are” section the pretentious phrase “we cannot in good conscience support…blah blah” is used. When someone says or posts something like that no one in their right mind should take them seriously. It should instantly turn into a joke. Then they go on to say more asinine things:
To publish a casting call seeking actors who are Caucasian or any other ethnicity is contrary to fair hiring practices and an active rejection of full diversity of American people.
Which is in direct contradiction to what they just said previously which was:
The series featured Asian characters in a fantasy setting inspired and informed by a variety of Asian cultures.
So in reality they would have been more pleased if the casting call said, “Seeking ONLY Asians.” Don’t pussyfoot around what you really mean and pretend you’re trying to be an equal opportunity provider with characters that are supposedly racially ambiguous (ick), as if anyone is racially ambiguous. That’s just disgusting. If the creators were insistent on what race their characters were I don’t think there would have been a problem. But they were not; they only state that they favor Asian because that’s what makes up most of what the storyline focuses on.
They have a vision, adorable. OMG my eyes cannot roll in the direction I want them to to show how incredibly ridiculous this website is.
We know we cannot change the casting of The Last Airbender. But this is not the end of our movement.
That was a pointless statement. If they knew that to be the case then they wouldn’t bother, but because they know they cannot win it’s best to state what they wish they could do by stating they know it’s not possible.
We want Paramount Pictures – and all Hollywood studios – to know that supporting and hiring actors of color in prominent roles will help build passionate, devoted audiences. The appeal of Hollywood’s films will expand with greater attention to the face of modern America.
They mean to say supporting and hiring of actors that are not white in roles that are for any race (even specifically white) will help build passionate audiences that are more racist than what we are blaming you for.
Someone should have helped them write this outside of someone with a boring law degree.
Opening a dialogue with grassroots organizations like Racebending.com can and will help studios create enjoyable and profitable entertainment.
They mean to state that they wish they could have done the hiring of the cast because they could have done better job than the stupid foolish Hollywood elite.
We want actors of color to know that there are people out there who support them and want to see them in bigger roles. We want children to know that people of all colors should have the opportunity to be seen as champions. And we are eager to support projects with fair casting practices, utilizing the talents of the many faces of America.
What the hell? If your children need Hollywood to dictate to them what is possible then your children are as dumb as the children of the people that say, “OMG now my kids can see that it’s possible to be President since Obama was elected.” Uhm…who did Obama have to say that about? Oh he just did it because he believed he could? NO way that can’t be possible, he needs someone who was the same color as him to be President to show him it’s possible. What the hell? Do we live in a freakin’ paradox of some kind? The only reason a child is dumb is because the parent is. Grow a brain.
Through open dialogue and grassroots protest, we seek to raise awareness. Through organized boycott and communication with Hollywood representatives, we seek to encourage the creation of television and film that reflect the true richness of American society.
That does not include white people, because we, at Racebending.com, only complain when it’s white people that stomp on us, no other race. Understand? You better. And if you’re half white you best hate that half and only love the richness of your Asian side. Duh.
And the most pointless bit of all is their “Our Members” crap:
We are represented in all facets of America. Our supporters come from all walks of life: concerned parents, students, academics, and industry professionals.
We are an international movement, with vocal activists in forty-nine different countries around the world.
If you want to support the ideal of fair and equal opportunity in American films, then please join us.
Totally pointless and mostly dribble. Let us point out how smart we are for disagreeing with this movie’s casting. Look we are so smart we can afford to be richer than anyone that isn’t as smart as us. And if you don’t support us or agree with us then you don’t want “fair and equal opportunity in American films” you bastard.
I understand that by posting something about a website that I think is stupid (like I think of Current who lies about what they stand for) is directing traffic towards them. I don’t wish to shut them down. That’s just ridiculous. I wish them to become less ignorant and annoying, but that’s like wishing for peace on a planet full of idiots that can’t live with one another because someone likes apple juice more than orange juice. It is funny that they claim to want to bring about racial equality or some crap like that with hiring for acting. What they fail to understand is what acting is. Acting is pretending. Did they know that men pretended to be women to do a play back in Shakespeare’s day? (That is if Shakespeare is actually real because there are some people that just can’t believe someone can be that creative. You know those kind of people…the stuffy logical kind that have nothing better to do than be cynical and hateful).
Acting is pretending to be someone you are not. Use to be it was ok for white people to put on black face and pretend they were black. Sometimes putting on make up and pretending to be Japanese like in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Now it’s not ok to do that. Instead it’s only ok to mock a race if you’re a comedian and if you are that race. If you’re not that race, well you better not be mocking anyone else unless that race is white. So white can mock themselves but no one else. Everyone else can mock their race and white people. Especially black comedians, they can mock white people up and down the lame joke ladder, but you best not mess with them cause that’s racist. No that’s not racist you idiot, it’s fair.
Anyway, actors go around and pretend to be all kinds of things. According to Racebending.com grassroots movement they need to find people who are really: blind, deaf, have fought in WWII and are in their twenties, Abraham Lincoln because only he could play himself, zombie, sparkling vampire, princess, alien, singing chipmunks, man with claws that protrude out of his wrist, get their arm cut off, get shot with a shotgun while on a marry-go-round of death and getting raped; cause if it ain’t real—it’s not great acting.
This is just a little of why I don’t like that website. Tune in later when I post the rest of why that website SUCKS. This from your half Japanese half Irish (Jirish) movie critic—because I get to bash Asians, why? Cause I am one. If you don’t like that rule, well more than likely you’re the reason it exists.
*I posted pictures of the characters from fan art I found on www.deviantart.com. (all on first page when searching Airbender) Look how the fans make them look totally Asian. Let me tell you how many Asians I know with blue eyes. Ok that’s it.