Asians can’t play main characters in “Asian inspired” cartoon
March 18, 2009, 11:00 AM
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If you haven’t heard. The 3 of the 4 principle cast members of “Avatar: The Last Airbender” is caucasian. Even though the story is based on and inspired by asian cultures and stories.

The producers believe that having an asian cast will not draw as many people to the theaters. Not all asians are the stereotype “nerdy asians” there are plenty of good looking/fluent english speaking asians who can play ASIAN roles. 

Basically as of now, it seems like the few caucasian characters will be surrounded by a bunch of asian extras and minor characters in the movie… which is really awkward. 

Why not take this chance with such a popular series and large budget to take a stand against the whitewashed American media? To give proper exposure to Asians in film and popular culture. That its okay to invest a film with a full Asian cast. This is the perfect chance to step up and rightfully represent Asians in a Blockbuster movie (rather than force us into minor characters with 2 minutes of screentime).

Please help the protest and movement by signing the petition below and send to your friends.


Check out the website dedicated to following the protest here:


Check out how the “hero” characters are played by white actors while the one asian actor (Dev Patel – hired after the protests) plays the “villian”.

Wow. I just read this from a journalist who went to a casting call for this movie.

Another handful of prospective extras wore traditional Nigerian outfits (most at this particular casting call were African American), but the vast majority thankfully had on boring, contemporary Western clothing.

One middle-aged black woman, clad in a denim jacket and black slacks, raised her hand. “Are you at a disadvantage if you didn’t wear a costume?” she asked, evidently concerned about her “non-ethnic” outfit.

“Absolutely not!” Rickets reassured her. “It doesn’t mean you’re at a disadvantage if you didn’t come in a big African thing. But guys, even if you came with a scarf today, put it over your head so you’ll look like a Ukrainian villager or whatever.”

The people running this movie really don’t seem professional at all and doesn’t seem to understand cultural values/sensitivities in our society at all. 

The filmmakers’ request for extras to come dressed in the “traditional costume of [their] family’s ethnic background” patronizes members of all races. This type of racially charged statement is particularly damaging for Asian Americans, who are already widely dismissed as “perpetual foreigners” regardless of how long they have been in the United States.

Professional actors do not typically come dressed in costume for casting calls, nor should they be asked to bring “traditional costumes” from home.


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