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Taking it to Twitter

We have been told that Frank Marshall, one of the producers of The Last Airbender, has an account on Twitter. We've also been told that many of our supporters have been sending him harassing messages.

While we understand that this is a rare opportunity to communicate more directly with the producers, rude behavior reflects badly on all of us. It's far better for our movement if we are polite and precise with our words, and present a unified front.

If you have a Twitter account and want to help, you can use this message:

@LeDoctor I want Airbender to be successful, and so I'm asking you to address the public's concerns with its racially insensitive casting.

If you want to follow our own updates on Twitter and discuss the casting controversy with us in that format, you can do so here.


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Apr. 3rd, 2009 04:26 pm (UTC)
I think it's easier to ignore polite messages than hundreds of cries of "Racist!". =/
Apr. 3rd, 2009 04:31 pm (UTC)
By attacking him, we make it easy for him to cast himself as the victim, which he has already started doing. He (and the general public) can easily dismiss aggressive, rude statements -- ignoring polite ones makes Marshall look bad, rather than us, particularly as those messages are public for all to see.
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Apr. 3rd, 2009 04:45 pm (UTC)
Maybe we could try asking him questions like, "Aang is Asian; why is the actor for Aang not Asian? :(" or "Katara has brown skin? Why doesn't the actress for Katara have brown skin? What's wrong with brown skin? :("

Well, we speculate on it day in and day out, we could try and get some real answers from him.
Apr. 3rd, 2009 04:49 pm (UTC)
All we ask is that you word your replies to him politely -- he's much more likely to read what you have to say if you're respectful. <3
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Apr. 3rd, 2009 07:34 pm (UTC)
Would it be a good idea to send him a few links to some of the news articles that are linked to here? I doubt he'd call respected journalists, or journalists from legitimate new sources "uninformed and without merit" or "crazy."
Apr. 3rd, 2009 08:18 pm (UTC)
Can't hurt.
Apr. 3rd, 2009 11:00 pm (UTC)
I Twittered!! :D

LeDoctor: Our vision for the movie is of ONE world, made up of four Nations, influenced and inspired by the Asian undertones of the series.

LeDoctor: This world will have an ethnically diverse cast that represents many different heritages and cultures from all corners of the globe.

Rotae @LeDoctor: But Avatar is an entirely Asian world! I don't seem to recall the European or American influences in it.

Rotae @LeDoctor: Why bother basing a film on Avatar if you're just going to ignore the source material?

Apr. 4th, 2009 01:09 am (UTC)

If that isn't a reference to europe's most popular religion I don't what is.

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Apr. 4th, 2009 03:14 am (UTC)
Campfire! ^_^
Hey guys! Update on the Campfire discussion: we had a nice turn out today, and while we may have gotten just a little off-topic at times, there was actually a lot good discussion going on. I copy & pasted the comments Mr. Marshall made about their vision for the movie and its cast, and we talked about that for a bit. Basically, no one's really liking it, but it's nice to get an explanation from someone working on this project. Also, I brought this up:

"This is just a random thought that's crossed my mind several times when I've heard people try to defend the cast and it being "multicultural," but if the world of Avatar isn't all Asian like people have said, then can we least agree that the characters weren't by default, white? I mean, if they were, we've seen some blonds, and redheads or something, right? And I'm thinking that the creators chose not to give some of people from the Fire Nation red hair, and instead gave them gold eyes and blue eyes for the Water Tribesman, and green and brown for the Earth Kingdom people was to avoid any confusion about their race if the topic ever came up. I can concede that maybe they weren't all Asian and Inuit (even though I still think they are), but I never once considered them to be white."

What do you guys think? We also discussed the facial features of the characters as a whole, and it was brought up that certain features, like their noses weren't something you'd expect to see on a white character. For the most part, white characters are given smaller, thinner noses (there are exceptions though). Not sure if this is the entry to start a discussion on this, but let's see what we can do with it. :D (And please correct me if I said something wrong. I'm always open to constructive criticism!) But this was a really good idea, we should do it again sometime!
Apr. 4th, 2009 03:53 am (UTC)
Re: Campfire! ^_^
I think it's a valid point. I wouldn't mind having white actors in the cast, but I don't like taking obviously dark skinned people and casting them as white people. I think most people's problem with the "multicultural" argument is that "multicultural" apparently means "replace dark skined heroes with white."

Actaully, I think they could have gotten away with a white Aang so long as Katara and Sokka had been cast as darker skinned people.
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Apr. 5th, 2009 04:10 am (UTC)
Are there any suggestions for dealing with the highly impolite troll who has been harassing Frank Marshall on twitter? It's gotten fairly offensive and insulting, to the point where Marshall has said he's no longer going to comment on the movie on his twitter...
Apr. 5th, 2009 04:28 am (UTC)
Re: LivreFille
We'd encourage you to direct message the person responsible and politely ask them to stop, explaining your reasons as best you can given the format.

Edited at 2009-04-05 04:29 am (UTC)
Re: LivreFille - robotech_master - Apr. 5th, 2009 05:12 pm (UTC) - Expand
Apr. 5th, 2009 12:02 pm (UTC)
Seems Frank Marshall has had enough of the trolls and locked up his account. At least for me as non-twitter-user I just see now "This person has protected their updates." Are you still able to get in contact with him?

Apart from that it's a pity that some people just can't stay polite on the internet. :C
Apr. 5th, 2009 05:13 pm (UTC)
He unlocked it again this morning, for now. Fingers crossed.
Apr. 6th, 2009 04:18 am (UTC)
my guest blog went up. Maybe someone should point him to this:


(cross posted this link to the main comment section. Not one to pimp my stuff like this usually, but, there it is. Go ahead and delete one if you thing that's too much)
Apr. 6th, 2009 04:33 pm (UTC)
*APPLAUSE* That was an excellent article, dear! I cannot express how amazing that is! Excuse me while I go to Tweet that to Mr Marshall. :>
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Apr. 6th, 2009 11:55 am (UTC)
He's Trying to Make Us Out to Be Racists
On Twitter, Frank Marshall wrote:

"Our vision for the movie is of ONE world, made up of four Nations, influenced and inspired by the Asian undertones of the series.2:23 PM Apr 3rd from web"

He wants a multicultural world while those of us who seek authenticity are the racists, putting the blame on us. Yes, we are racist for insisting that an all-Asian story have all Asian characters.

Apr. 6th, 2009 06:05 pm (UTC)
Re: He's Trying to Make Us Out to Be Racists
How about respond with how come that fantasy movies centered on European culture were not altered to have Asian or African cultures added into them and those movies did fine on their on. Like LOTR, Narnia and The Golden Compass to name a few. Those movies are also multi-cultural in their own way without altering or adding anything that disrespects the original.

Yet, for movies and stories that center around Asian and African cultures, why let the white man always be the main hero in those stories and/or add European cultures to those stories when the originals are already good on its own. Lastly, what is wrong with letting a non-white main hero take center stage in a Hollywood film?

Anyway, you understand the idea and lets see if he has anything to say about that. So you can either use what I've said or say something similar to this.
Apr. 8th, 2009 01:09 am (UTC)
I used part of the suggested post but I also said I will not pay money to be insulted by a movie.

It's funny I'm willing to pay 100 bucks for a Katara cosplay, for DVD box sets and merchandise. Yet they are pretty much telling me they don't want my money for the movie with this casting.
Apr. 8th, 2009 03:17 pm (UTC)
It seems that when I used the suggested post all my tweets directed at LeDoctor or that mention him disappear.
Apr. 9th, 2009 01:38 am (UTC)
@LeDoctor im still holding hope that this casting choice is one of Shymalans famous twists :D. but i will not pay money to be insulted.

hows this?? i havent posted anything
Apr. 10th, 2009 05:55 pm (UTC)
aang is half white?
I was reading some things on lastairbenderfans or whatever and an extra on set described Noah Ringer as being of somewhat asian descent. And I will tell you, when someone is partly of asian descent and stands among white people...he looks really asian. haha, Daniel Henney of X Men Origins, for example, looks really white when he's among Koreans for korean films, but really korean when he did x men. He's a horrible actor, but that's besides the point.

Anyway. Apparently this kid is a little martial arts genius.

Also, I implore this community to explain intelligently and calmly as I think we are being perceived as fanatical purists and that does not do us any good. :D

Anyone see Yue's casting? Pretty good. But I think she would have done better as Katara. Actually, she looks a TON like Katara. -___- casting is kinda mixed up here.
Apr. 12th, 2009 06:53 pm (UTC)
heads up: Dragonball Evolution does $4 million on its opening weekend. Debuts at #8. Has a 16% Tomatometer reading (will change as more top critics post reviews).

Dear ATLA producers: This will be you, next year. Great jorb there, Hamstray.
Apr. 12th, 2009 10:46 pm (UTC)
LOL, I love how crappy it did. After the massive canon rape and God knows how fast word of mouth spreads nowadays, I'm not surprised.
Oct. 25th, 2009 08:24 pm (UTC)
This guy isn't a producer of The Last Airbender... he's the producer of Avatar (completely unrelated to the airbender show/movie).

So don't twitter him, because there's nothing he can do about it.
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