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OHH YEEEEEEES

Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] zidane for finding that article with KORRA'S FACE and also, KORRA'S MUSCLES. OH YES.

In Hunger Games-related news, racebending.com has found that the media this time has noticed the problematic casting language, some with references to The Last Airbender, Prince of Persia and even the whitewashed Earthsea miniseries.
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Racist casting call for a movie based on the Hunger Games novels, which star characters canonically described as "olive-skinned with black hair and grey eyes". Casting call? CAUCASIAN. Side note rage: casting call includes "naturally pretty underneath her tomboyishness". Because, you know, being a "tomboy" means you aren't pretty, and being pretty is all that matters.
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Doing some signal boosting. Premise for an awesome sounding show by Ariel Rivas about MesoAmerican/American Indian-inspired cultures (IN SPACE).

You can read this and other proposals and vote here.
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I'd like to share some numbers, as provided by Box Office Mojo.

First, this was the state of TLA about two weeks ago:

Domestic gross: $123,264,000
Foreign gross: $27,300,000
Total gross: $150,564,000
Production cost: $150,000,000
Total cost: $280,000,000 (plus a possible $10-15,000,000 if the cost of the last minute 3D isn't taken into account)

The current state of TLA, having been open for over a month, and then compared to four other summer movies, as typed up by my regular journal ([livejournal.com profile] robowolf):

Domestic gross: $128,951,000
Foreign gross: $53,000,000
Total gross: $181,951,000
Production budget: $150,000,000
Total budget: $280,000,000

This isn't the huge flopcrash we'd like but since the movie industry apparently only looks at the domestic gross for these things, TLA is looking more and more and more like a huge financial loss. It's taken them two weeks to gain just $7 million in the domestic market and it took them over two weeks just to gain back their domestic gross...and only by scraping by in the international market, where it is not being received nearly as well as Jackson Rathbone claims it is (warning for a HUGE DOUCHEMONKEY).

Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] wtf_tla for these links and info.
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Asian-American comic book superhero, Tommy Zhou aka "The Weapon", set to be played by a white guy.

I heard about this last year and it doesn't seem like the movie's picked up any steam so right now the racebending staff's kind of waiting and seeing what comes of it, but I felt this needed to be known about, even if nothing's come of it.

Although it should be noted that last year, both the racebending staff and MANAA talked with Platinum Studios about this and their response was less than polite, "with Platinum Studios's rep flat out admitting they knew and anticipated that the Asian American community would be upset with this casting, but decided to go ahead with it anyway" (from the post). We'll see what comes of this.
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Shyamalan continues to be classy. So classy, in fact, that the following links come with precautionary trigger warnings for mention of and comments about suicide. Yeah.

[livejournal.com profile] racebending's post.
[livejournal.com profile] wtf_tla's post.
Here's the youtube clip by itself.

EDIT: for those of you who can't or really don't want to see the clip (like myself), here's the exchange under an lj cut and whited out font for potential triggers. There's some transcripts here as well (again, trigger warning, not just for the transcript but also for other comments in the post overall).

How Not To Be a Decent Person )
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It's been over a week since TLA opened, and it's not doing all that well with critics (8% on Rotten Tomatoes) or fans. I've been collecting links so I could do one big post instead of constantly updating and editing and overall flooding the network.

To start off with, racebending.com's page on how journalists and critics have taken to TLA

Fancasting for the Water Tribe with Native actors, because a) I like these choices and b) to show that yes, you can get good Native/Indigenous actors, Hollywood; in fact, you can get experienced ones if you so wish. There is no dearth of actors of any kind. Also, Bronson Pelletier? Adorable. He looks like the perfect Sokka!

More articles on TLA that mention the racebending:
NPR
more NPR (with bonus Glee talk re: able-bodied actor playing character in a wheelchair)
Some more NPR on the whiteness of this summer's movies
Time
MSNBC
Vanity Fair
The Boston Globe
Dante Basco, voice of Zuko and Filipino-American actor, weighs in

Here are articles discussing not only the racism of TLA movie but also the history of whitewashing, facepainting and other forms of racism in Hollywood, how the nature of racism plays out in many myriad ways, and how all this affects everyone, especially the children who see it all.
Also known as "no, M. Night Shyamalan is not all to blame for this racist mess".
Floating World's "FacePainting", a really, really amazing article.
MSN's "Infamous Moments in Racebending"
Aspire NY's "The Racial Politics of M. Night Shyamalan's TLA"
TLA: Who Is To Blame? by [livejournal.com profile] glockgal at [livejournal.com profile] racebending, also a terrific read (and with a very handy image).
"Tinkerbell's Amazing Ethnic Friends" by [livejournal.com profile] jedifreac at [livejournal.com profile] racebending; it's a look at how systemic racism in the movies do, in fact, affect children today, and takes a look at Disney franchise Tinkerbell and her multicultural Five Girl Band.

Quotes and Interviews from M. Night Shyamalan:
Racialicious's "M. Night vs the Internet: The Airbender Mash-up" (note: this is not an interview, it's essentially a comparison of quotes from Shyamalan to quotes from people who have spoken out against the casting)
"Paramount and Shayamalan Readying 'Airbender' Sequel? (comm post here)
NY Mag's "Vulture Breaks the News to M. Night Shyamalan About TLA's Reviews"
Rediff's "Why Shyamalan Thinks His Movies Are Doomed" (comm post here)

Finally, [livejournal.com profile] racebending has some discussions on TLA and box office money here and here.

If you need a film to see this summer, please, go see Toy Story 3, Despicable Me, The Kung-Fu Kid (may be called The Karate Kid where you are, like in America or Canada). These are all excellent, quality movies that deserve your money and your attention much, much more than The Last Airbender.
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So much news, I just don't know where to begin. Okay, so tomorrow, July 1, TLA opens in America (and Canada?). If you're in Seattle or LA, there will be protests - details on the facebook events page, or you can contact mike@racebending.com for details. I unfortunately can't make it to a protest, but if any of you guys can make it to one, that'd be awesome.

Many of the following links provided here will contain spoilers for TLA movie, if that concerns you.

First, Paramount allowed MANAA, JACL and the team at Racebending to view the film early; you can see their reviews all linked here (so many thanks to [livejournal.com profile] socchan for putting these in one place!) along with some clips from the movie. I'd like to particularly point out Ebert's review, since he's been a vocal opponent of the racist casting of the movie for a long while. The racebending site also has a page up about the differences between the show and the movie (other than, you know, RACE).

In addition to the racefail of the movie, there is considerable genderfail. Shocking, I know!

Shyamalan continues to take questions on TLA and respond to them; a nice quote in particular is "Every nationality is represented with the exception of blond people. They can be upset, because I didn't actually put them in the movie." Yes, he actually compared racist casting to not having blond people in this movie. The [livejournal.com profile] racebending posts on these are here and here, respectively. EDIT: Oh, Shyamalan, you just don't know when to stop, do you?

Another big thing: original creators of ATLA, Mike and Bryan, signed a copy of the artbook for one lucky racebending.com supporter. They reportedly refused to sign any film-related merchandise.

Finally, one last bit of related news: an article on the whitewashing of the recent Cleopatra movie.

As usual, all my love and thanks to the [livejournal.com profile] racebending comm and site.
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On some really weak internet, so it'll be quick: Shyamalan responds to the casting controversy and defends his actions.

If you want to respond (and I highly encourage you all to do so), I suggest reading the comm's post first - basically, be polite, don't attack Shyamalan, don't respond to the pro-casters. Shyamalan's trying to make it personal, but it's more than just him: this is a Paramount thing, a Hollywood thing, a society thing, and it needs to change.

EDIT: the post is locked (although if you join the comm, you can see it), but here's the basic gist of it as [livejournal.com profile] whosdamike put it: By reading the interview and clicking this link, I agree to only comment if I can stay reasonable and calm. I agree NOT to attack, mock, patronize, or insult M. Night in my response. (Thanks, Mike!)
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TIME wants some fan questions for M. Night Shyamalan about The Last Airbender. Everyone should go leave a comment asking why this film has been whitewashed! [livejournal.com profile] racebending has some good ideas for how to best word your question.
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An incredibly moving piece from [livejournal.com profile] ssj10 on how The Last Airbender movie is personally affecting and hurting people with their racism.
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[livejournal.com profile] pie_or_death also sent me this CNN article about recent whitewashing in movies, which includes white, white Angelina Jolie cast as Cleopatra in an upcoming biopic...you know, the Egyptian queen of Mediterranean descent who science has determined had an African mother. Totally white!

Of course, that's not the only problem with this movie; as pointed out very well in this thread in the racebending comm, the few movies that are made about historical women are almost always about their love lives, and Cleopatra is practically synonymous with "hot sexaholic". I personally wouldn't expect anything of much substance from this movie, regardless of the racebending associated with casting the very white Jolie as the very not-white Cleopatra.

In other, more active news: take charge and email people about the racism in the casting of The Last Airbender! We've got two weeks before the movie opens (July 1st in the US, they moved it up a day). I'll post the email I write to this journal later.

As usual, all my love and thanks to the [livejournal.com profile] racebending comm and the site; they're the ones doing all the work, I'm just repeating the message.
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"Why is Spiderman White?" It's a damn good article, go read it. It's also been mentioned on here.

Also, if you were planning on it, please don't go see Sex and the City 2. It's offensive as all hell.
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The LA Times blog wrote an article about the racebending in both The Last Airbender and Prince of Persia. It's a pretty good article, so if you'd like to leave a nice comment thanking them, that'd be awesome!

In other news: Saban is making a new Power Rangers series and releases a casting call; the red ranger must be white.

Finally, if you're a member of the [livejournal.com profile] racebending comm (and if you're not, go join it!), go take a laugh at these pics from the film and merchandising for the movie. It's just so terrible. "Take me to the spiritual place!" --white!Aang
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SciFi Wire has two articles up about the racebending, one saying "yes, this is racist" and one saying "no, this isn't racist". Let's all go politely say our opinion on each of these pieces.

Thanks to the [livejournal.com profile] racebending comm! Their post is here.
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Shyamalan, why don't you stop while you're only so far behind? Why do you continue to defend this movie? "So if I'm failing the bar, I'm not sure whose bar is set higher than this movie." How dare we have standards, you guys, how dare we expect Asians and Inuit to star in a world based on Asian and Inuit cultures!

Thanks once again to [livejournal.com profile] racebending for pointing out this article.

While we're on the subject of racebending and reactions to it, racebending found an article about Idris Elba, a British actor of Ghanaian and Sierra Leonean descent, was cast as Heimdall for the Thor movie (based on the comics, not the mythology). Shit hits the fan, because whitewashing scores of PoC characters and series is okay and clearly they were just hiring the best actor possible, but the occasional PoC playing a white character is wrong and just a bunch of "PC crap"!

On a slightly less rage-inducing note, acting, disabilities and the "supercrip" trope and how it relates to Toph. Because I'm an ASL geek (third most used language in the United States!), here's Marlee Matlin's new show, free and on youtube because no network thought it was marketable, My Deaf Family. The pilot is less than 10 minutes long and you should all go watch it right now. It follows the Firl family, who have two deaf parents, two deaf children and two hearing children (or CODA, Children Of Deaf Adults).
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Mickey Rourke as Genghis fucking Khan. Article here.

Fucking seriously? In all our American history books, he's the evil Asian warlord oh noes until we want to make a movie about him, then he's suddenly white? Fuck you, Hollywood!

Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] racebending for finding this.
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[livejournal.com profile] jedifreac makes a really good argument about numbers and the "cost of appeal" argument you hear so often against casting people of colour (or women, or any other minority, really) in lead roles, especially as to how that argument fails in regards to Avatar: The Last Airbender.

Also, here's another article covering the racebending! Featuring Shyamalan going "no comment", which is possibly the smartest move (other than, you know, not whitewashing the entire damn movie). Post about the article is on the comm here.

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