Amid over at Cartoon Brew, has done a great job aggregating the mounting anger surrounding Paramount's casting process for M. Night Shyamalan's latest film, The Last Airbender, an adaptation of the Nickelodeon animation series, Avatar ().
As he writes, this image is of "Charlee, a fan of the Avatar series, who protested the live-action film’s racially questionable casting choices at an Avatar casting call in Philadelphia today. He writes about his experience in this blog comment."
In an effort to alienate every Asian-American before the film's release, the film’s casting director Deedee Rickets recently explained to a Pennsylvania newspaper how they wanted to cast ethnic extras: “We want you to dress in traditional cultural ethnic attire. If you’re Korean, wear a kimono. If you’re from Belgium, wear lederhosen.” Of course, Koreans don't wear kimonos (that's Japan), the traditional Korean dress is a hanbok.
The Angry Asian Man blog writes:
“Right. Koreans, kimonos, funny Asian outfits… they’re all the same. It’s apparent that the people making this movie really don’t care about the kind of movie they’re making, as long as they get to use Asians (and their basket-weaving skills) as props.”
Amid gives us a slew of links to raise fans ire and get involved:
A blog that explains how to protest Paramount and documents the growing chorus of discontent.
Avant Garde Retard reimagines Avatar director M. Night Shyamalan turned white.
Passionate outrage from Maykazine
A blog post by angered Chinese-American who laments “a great opportunity for aspiring young Asian actors that has been taken away.”
Well, Fuck You Too, Hollywood: Not eloquent but an honest sentiment from a fan.
And it’s not just Asians, even the Angry Black Woman is angry: “I’m holding out one hope — that this is some kind of messed-up viral marketing effort, maybe using reverse psychology to get people all riled up about the film so they’ll blog about it, etc. But if this is really the cast they’re planning to go with, I will definitely be boycotting this movie, and urging everyone I know to do the same.”
No word yet from anyone who is angry for the simple fact that M. Night is actually being ALLOWED to make another movie. Hasn't he wasted enough time and money over the years with such horrendous failures as The Happening and Lady in the Water. The Last Airbender will, most likely, justly be forgotten.