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2. Avatar: The Last Airbender is an American childrens cartoon. In 2010, Paramount will release a live-action adaptation.The cartoon starsAsian heroes inan Asian world.but Paramount decidedAsians arent good enough. 3. Paramounts CastingDecisions Water TribeChampionsCh i CAUCASIANFire Nation Terrorists SOUTH ASIAN MIDDLE EASTERN 4. A show lik Hh like Heroes l k for th b tlooks f the best actors for the role.Example: p [ AGENT 1 & 2 ] 28 45. PLEASE SUBMIT MEN AND WOMEN OFALL ETHNICITIES. MUST BE IN GREAT PHYSICAL SHAPE. EXPERIENCE HANDLING WEAPONS A PLUS. These men/women are FBI agents taking part in a top-secret military operationWhat did Paramount look for with The Last Airbender?[ AANG ] 12-15 years-old, Male, Caucasianor anyy other ethnicity. We are looking for a young man to play the lead role in a motion picture franchise. He must be athletic and graceful with an ability in Martial ArtsYou get what you ask for. 5. Race in Avatar: ThheLast Airbetender 6. Pointing to his eyes ignores context. His eyes are part of the Art Style. His eyes match the Mythology. His food dress culture tribe elders and food, dress, culture,elders, language point to his Asian Heritage. 7. People think Aang is white because of the ANIME ART STYLE. His eyes arent chink enough. So lets look at his eyes. Aangs eye shape varies with emotion. Color is linked to the shows different nations:Air isGRAYFire is GOLDWater isBLUEEarth is GREEN 8. Caucasians do not have a monopoly on blue, green, blue green and round eyes eyes. 9. "I think it's one of those things where Ipull my hair up, shave th sides,h the idand I definitely need a tan. It's oneof those things where, hopefully, theaudience will suspend disbelief alittle bit. Jackson Rathbone, SokkaDeedee Ricketts, Casting Director gIt doesn't mean you're at a disadvantage if you didn't come in aTo extras: big African thing. But guys,"We want you to dress in even if you came with a scarf today today,traditional cultural ethnic put it over your head so you'll lookattire. If you're Korean, like a Ukrainian villager orwear a kimono." whatever. 10. Asian Americans are underrepresented in Hollywood by 40% (Screen Actors Guild, 2005) Most roles are supporting and 2/3 of the roles go to women Asian Americans are >8% of the population of California, Texas, New York, Florida (the 4 most populous states)African Americans are 10 9% of the same four states 10.9%states. And for children, such as the actors who star in Avatar: 40% of American children are ethnic minorities. In 10 years, that number will be 50%.Still think Asian Americans are fairlyy represented?Would Caucasians really be robbed of roles? 11. Post-Racial World? Blacks Bl k are t treated th same t d the as whites in my community.How many Caucasians agreed with that statement?Almost 2 out of 3.That was the fraction in 1963 and that number is virtuallyunchanged today. hdt dstatistics via Tim Wise 1969: (one year after MLK Jr.s assassination) 44% of whites think blacks have the advantage applying for jobs. 42% think blacks receive better education opportunities than whites. 67% think discrimination has nothing to do with high black unemployment.This is the difference between people whounderstand racism exists andpeople who have the privilege toignore it. 12. Children See Race 1940: Kenneth and Mamie Clark show that black children prefer, by a margin of 2 to 1, white dolls over black ones.White dolls are nice and good. Black dolls are bad. 2006: Kiri Davis repeats these experiments. With identical results.Can you show me the doll that looks bad? The child, a preschool-aged Black girl, quickly picks up and shows the Black doll over a Whit one thatt is id ti l iin every respectt exceptt complexion. Whiteth i identicall iAnd why does that look bad? Because shes Black, the little girl answers emphatically. And why is this the nice doll? the voice continues. Because shes White.And can you give me the doll that looks like you? The little girl hesitates for a split second before handing over the Black doll that she has just designated as the uglier one. 13. Intention of the CrewUnfortunately,Unfortunately the creators and much of the original series crew havebeen forced to sign NDAs. But some things get through anyway. "I have NOTHING TO DO WITH THE CASTING WHATSOEVER for the feature film. -Brian Konietzko, co-creator We wanted to base it in Asian rather than Europeanbackground, and use the elements; to use martial arts askind of the basis for the supernatural element of the show.-Mike DiMartino, co-creator Kinda like the Kung Fu TV Series when DavidCarradinebeat out Bruce Lee for the lead. I mean goodnesswe all know David Carradine was by far superior in the martialarts compared to Bruce Lee.-Sifu Ki Sif Kisu, M ti l A t C di t /C Martial Arts Coordinator/Consultant lt tThe show was heavily influenced by Asian culture, some of the characters were even modeled after Asian members of the crew. But now, with the pre-dominantly white cast, it feels like all the Asian/Eastern influences, origins, what have you, were just a , , g ,y ,j backdrop for these characters. But I always believed they were Asian, or even mixed Asian.And that belief added a little extra pride in working on such a great show.The appreciation Mike and Bryan had for Asian culture, the interest it generated in the fans, gave ME greater appreciation for my own culture.So it's just hard to believe they couldn't find one Asian actor to hold any of the lead parts. Not one? This film is going to feel like some other Avatar story. -Dao Le, Animatics Editor 14. True Fans We believe loving a show is about more than blind faith in its perfection. Just because we love a series does not mean it can do no wrong. Bryan and Mike willingly paidhomage (their own words) tog ()Asian culture and philosophy.Theyre amazing creators andwe will always love their series. Bryan and Mikeearned our loyalty. Paramount and M. Night Shyamalan have not. They believe PREJUDICE means PROFIT. Prove them wrong.BOYCOTTTHE LAST AIRBENDER. 15. Asian AmericansWant to Act For every five-second walk-on Asian role y you see on television, there are scores of, actors who vied for the part. The media underrepresents Asians by 40%.For each of the three heroic lead roles theroles,film will have dozens of Asian Americanand minority actors as extras.All but one of the stunt doubles for the main cast are Asian or Asian American.Asian American performers are here. You see them everywhere.You just dont hear them.