What does Zach Tyler, Mae Whitman, and Jack De Sena have in common with Ang, Katara, and Sokka? I’ll give you a hint. It’s not their race. You’re RIGHT, it’s their voices. Three white people voice the three ambiguous Asian characters from “Avatar: The Last Airbender.”
I swear I just want to create an entire website that pimps only white people. Not on accident and not apologetically, but on purpose. I would praise white people and all of their accomplishments and give them their own month. Typically the whitest month of the whole year December. Just so all you few readers out there December 2010 is the first White History Month. Tell all your friends and ask them to participate and by participate I don’t mean wear any type of headgear.
Any website that pretends to pick people under the guise of fairness and doesn‘t do it, should be tarred, feathered and strung up so all can give them the stink eye. According to Racebending.com they like http://www.racebending.com/v3/featured/follow-friday-jennifer-8-lee-author-and-journalist/ “featuring a different writers, artists, activist, and all-around awesome people who have contributed something unique to the American culture and social landscape” aside from that being a total lie, it was far too wordy and should have just said we only pick Asians--simply put. There is no problem only showcasing one’s own race. I do not have a problem with it. I don’t find it a problem to have schools that decide to be race specific because that’s how the creators wanted it to be. The problem starts when those that do that go about their lives claiming racism every single time their race is excluded without intentional malice.
I find it to be totally disingenuous to have programs that are race specific (unless you’re white then they’ll just call you the clan--so want to make that website) and then go on a hate mission when someone excludes your race.
You know back in royalty days they would marry off their children so that they could bring peace among two warring kingdoms (or kingdoms about war). I think that could be similar to what mixed race children could be liken to, however it does not work that way. We can’t bring races together no better than those marriages between a horny prince and a not interested princess (or visa versa) had done.
Moving on to the Shyamalan Interview that is belittled and mocked. Let’s look.
“Unfortunately, Shyamalan’s idea of ‘diversity’ only proves how much he completely misconstrues the casting concerns of the public.”
Unfortunately Racebending.com thinks it speaks for me. They will NEVER speak for me…ever.
I want them to use a thesaurus and pick a different word than Asian. That word is raped by this site. I almost wish I wasn’t Asian after reading it being paraded around like a badge of honor. It’s like if you weren’t Asian then you ain’t nothing’.
I thought they were going to share the interview and explain why they disliked it or disagreed with it. Nah they just link it. Then they promote their poorly written letter to Paramount. You know the kind that puts in perspective how many Asians have roles in America. Ignoring that there’s Indian (Bollywood), Chinese and Japanese films that have, in their own country, all Asian casts. That’s not good enough. They have to have the majority of America too. I know, I know they just want their fair share, but what’s fair? What Racebending.com thinks is fair? Pretentious and selfish people who think that every single film that doesn’t give them Affirmative Action isn’t fair. They need to stop crying over spilled noodles.
Some Paramount films that have some “dark skinned people”(/mock) in them:
Iron Man 2
Star Trek (all)
The Indian in the Cupboard
Kiss the Girls
Yes, this isn’t the majority or what one might consider fair, but if Paramount is as terrible as Racebending.com would have one believe, then there wouldn’t be minorities at all. It would mirror the films they had when they first started in the 1900’s.
I understand the want to see more Asians in film. I get excited when there’s an Asian on American Idol or Survivor, but just because they’re there doesn’t mean I’m going to cheer for them solely because we might share the same skin tone. They best prove themselves. I ain’t time to deal with someone who can’t sing or can’t strategize. (Note that Survivor has had a season where they split the tribes in to races and the Asian Team dominated and an Asian man won.)
Moving on to superheroes.
This pisses me off. Of course they mention Sunfire but do they mention Dust (Sunni Muslim) and Storm (African Goddess)? No. And what about Psylocke whose Japanese? No. They make a mockery of Marvel by not even mentioning the fact that the majority of the villains in Marvel are white like the major ones Magneto, Dr. Doom, Mr. Sinister (please do not be offended by his white face), Apocalypse (oh please he’s not Egyptian no matter what his origin says) but they pull from one of the smaller ranking villains and say the Mandarin points out how Asians are more likely to be villains (let’s not forget Lady Deathstrike) because they don’t want to be all exclusive. Maybe Marvel should do a recasting and make the Blob a black guy who loves chicken and totally make him ghetto instead of white and total trailer trash. Maybe that’ll make some people happy. OOH they could make Magneto black and make him enslave white men instead of enslaving specifically humans. He could have a slave grudge. They could make Mr. Sinster Jewish and have him do experiments on only Nazis. Readers take that with a grain of salt.
This section speaks about a book titled “Secret Identities” by [enter a bunch of Asian names here]. Their main interest is that these are only Asian heroes that were created by Asians for Asians so that they can identify and feel more loved because they are Asian. Let’s totally ignore the fact that “Heroes” (NBC—though not awesome as it could be, still, for me, good) has two Japanese heroes that speak Japanese and look Japanese and are Japanese. Are there French heroes? How about African heroes (the Haitian doesn’t count)? Specifically more Asian heroes in “Heroes” than there are other minorities and the villains are mainly white. But what difference does that make? It doesn’t add to the victim mentality that is now embraced by the Asian community. Woe is me.
It's really getting under my skin. I'm so annoyed that activist honestly think this brings people together. When I write my stories I specifically leave out race. I use generic first names and last names to keep from giving them a specific race. I combine a bunch of different things to give me unique last names that are most likely not held by anyone on this palent. I don’t want my characters to be dictated by what color they are. Some people need color to add to what they’re sharing, I do not. I want to give a human experience. Humans should relate to other humans. It’s a good thing firefighters and police officers do not save people because they share the same colored skin. That’s essentially what any activist is saying. That it is ok for someone to save another person based on whether they match skin or not. You can only relate to a hero if they share the same skin color as you.
I, however, went against my thinking on leaving out race(as writers should go against rules when it’s necessary, don’t be boring and follow rules relentlessly--even your own) by describing a love interest in one of my recent stories as being black because I wanted hair to be a puff of awesome like a sunrise. I read Percy Jackson and the Olympian series and I am pretty sure most of those characters were white or could be assumed to be white, but in the movie they turned Grover (who was specifically describe as white) into a black character and some people went all into a tirade. I didn't see no racebending crap on that. Because it didn't matter, Grover could be black and he was and it worked. The gods on Olympus have been written in their time as being white, but if someone were to write them as a different race, by all means what difference would it make? Shakespeare is the same...and then you have Marvel characters in film such as Nick Fury who is played by Samuel L. Jackson who is black. Nick Fury has been white for many years. Only when Marvel decided to do an alternate universe and call it the Ultimates did they turn him black. I don't think it was a bad idea. I honestly LOVE they took that Nick Fury instead of the actual timeline one. I think it's a wonderful decision. But no one really praises when things happen that way. They have to get all pissy over any and every race change (or just specifically their own race).
I don't need to know someone's race to relate to them. I’m Jirish. How many of any famous person, let alone person in a comic book or movie, even come close to that? If I were to go by this websites mentality I’d be a sad panda for not getting what I want out of life. My favorite hero is Cyclops and he's as white as white can be, stubborn, so sure of himself and a whore for telepaths -- but he constantly fights for what he believes to be right no matter the odds that are against him and his team. He also wears glasses. How many heroes have to wear glasses? He has been my favorite since 6th grade when I got my first pair of glasses. No hero I have ever read about HAD to wear glasses and he did and I thought he made glasses cooler. I think it’s far better to be enamored by someone because of what they have done, what kind of personality they have, what they wear or whatever, but not skin. Skin is something they just can’t pick. Would you mock someone and give them hard time over how they can’t walk because of them being crippled? Why not? What someone has physically isn’t necessarily always something they had created on their own. It might be something they inherited and worse it might be something that was inflected on them. Appreciate people for what they can accomplish without their physical inheritance.
It just makes me mad that people make "grassroot" movements that are supposedly for the betterment of all when they singly lift one group above others and say yes, they are better. Why don't YOU acknowledge that?
What can you do? That is answered at this link.
Look stupid in a t-shirt, that’s what you can do. Don’t believe me; look at the t-shirts and then the people wearing them. Give me the power to design t-shirts. I swear I can design better and people would actually want to wear them even after this tiresome and mundane event passes and is forgotten.
At that link they also state “Tell your friends, get a pic, do a blog. Every voice counts.” They got that right, I’m Asian and my voice will count against them. I have never seen so many people hate on another race so much without wearing hoods. I don’t apologize for the over dramatic tone I have. Deal with it.
Oh, oh and then they have this, “The one color Hollywood can’t ignore is green.” Funny, since that is why they cast the way they want because they do want green. Silly Asian only lovers.
This link makes a good point about saying Caucasian or any other ethnicity as a bit crass. I would like to point out; however, that white people are not treated equally as this website would like to believe. Look how they treat white people. Also you cannot use this as a reason to dislike Paramount. Whoever wrote that probably went against what was required to request.
“The research speaks for itself. The evidence is pulled directly from documents officially released and endorsed by Paramount – or spoken by one of the film’s casting directors.
Decisions were made within Paramount’s leadership to systematically exclude faces of color from the forefront of The Last Airbender. When pressured to introduce diversity into the cast, Paramount carefully selected roles that were either antagonistic or inconsequential.
The wording of the casting calls, the offhand remarks of the casting director, and the overall attitude of Paramount’s search for actors reflect both implicit and explicit bias against Americans of color.”
No the research does NOT speak for itself. It’s more ambiguous than the characters they claim to like (hello purple eyes, blue eyes…not ambiguous. An ambiguous color is more natural color and brown would be that natural color.). The wording may be harsh and the wording may be ignorant but that is not indicative of the director or the casting. That’s more the problem of the person that wrote the descriptions and the person that signed off on it. Note that they didn’t specify who did these things; they’ll just allow you to assume they know who did and let you think that it was someone very important, important enough to be pissy like a little girl who didn’t get her way.
I don’t have time to deal with this one. It’s ridiculous. Prince Zuko is not nice, nor good in the first season. Avatar: The Last Airbender is based on the first season. So Prince Zuko is evil. OMG don’t say evil that’s labling dark skinned (lame phrase) people as having the possibility of being evil. NO WAY all people who have dark skin (it’s on the dumbest phrase ever list) are always GOOD. Duh. Pathetic. Only white people can be and should be evil.
In a show called “Rosewell” there’s a character that’s the sheriff’s son and he’s evil the first season. Why was he evil? That wasn’t explained but even after it was he wasn’t any nicer until season two. Then there’s “Smallville” with Lex Luther. He’s vile and even after we learn that his father is part of the reason he is that way it didn’t make Lex less mean, it just had the audience understand him more. The prince is no different that those characters. He can be as good as he wants, but if he isn’t a good in his action then that’s too bad, because that’s what the audience bases evil on. Hello there’s a show that has a serial killer (“Dexter) as a main character and people see him as a hero of sorts. The Prince is evil in the first season so what. Oh wait there’s got to be a skin related issue because Racebending.com is ran by racist. How do I know? Anyone that doesn’t like anything that has to do with race is, well, a racist. That’s what black leaders have taught me and shown me by their own actions. Lesson learn. Move along.
The website again is www.racebending.com. Go ahead and join it. Share your views about how you think Asians should rule the world. I, personally, will not be posting at that site, nor will I even bother believing a single word that they type. I won’t tell people not to go to that site, because some people would love to know of a website that specifically does that. Why not share? I’ll direct traffic to them because I believe that people should know all about ignorance and what it does and what better way to see it than first hand at www.racebending.com.
Excuse me I have December to plan for. Did you hear? It’s White History Month in December. Be sure to tell everyone you know. Let’s make this the best racist month ever created.
*Marvel Characters were pictures done by people at www.deviantart.com