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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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singingsun199
Apr. 4th, 2009 09:18 pm (UTC)
Mourning the dead isn't solely Christian, but there is a Christian statue just like that.

But it's jsut one reference. And Aang is more like a Hindu Avatar/Dalai Lama/The Hero combo anyway. =/


skemono
Apr. 4th, 2009 10:49 pm (UTC)
Mourning the dead isn't solely Christian, but there is a Christian statue just like that.

Yes, the Pieta, I know.

But it's jsut one reference.

I still don't think it actually is a reference to that. It's a girl holding a boy's body in preparation for moving it.
singingsun199
Apr. 12th, 2009 10:40 pm (UTC)
The scene is set up exactly like the pieta statue. Katara looked at Aang the way Mary looked at Jesus, with a torn expresion and a sideways glance. SHe held him the same way, and her hair was around her head like Mary's head covering.

But, lol, it doesn't really matter, does it? XD
aang_aint_white
Apr. 12th, 2009 10:45 pm (UTC)
I think it has more to do with the Avatar staff being art geeks than the overall cultural setting and themes of the show. ;)
skemono
Apr. 12th, 2009 10:52 pm (UTC)
The scene is set up exactly like the pieta statue.

Not really, it's not. For one thing, Aang is facing the wrong way. For two, Katara is kneeling after having caught Aang, instead of sitting down.

Katara looked at Aang the way Mary looked at Jesus, with a torn expresion and a sideways glance.

I'm not really sure where you're getting that, since Michelangelo's Mary doesn't seem to really be looking at Jesus at all. But even if she were, it would have to be at a sideways glance because they're both with horizontal, dead bodies. This does not make one a reference to the other, they're both just vaguely similar depictions of a similar situation.

SHe held him the same way

Again, not really. In the Pieta, Jesus is draped across Mary's lap, with one hand sort of propping him up while the other hand is kind of waving in the air. In Avatar, Katara is holding Aang with both arms, not in her lap at all.

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