December 11th, 2008

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Saving the World With Postage

This entry will be left as it is for the sake of reference. However, we suggest you read more recent entries on this journal, or else go to racebending and Racebending.com, for current news and information regarding this movement.

For those who don't already know: The actors who will play the main four characters of "The Last Airbender," the live action Avatar film, have been announced. And all of them are white.

We love Avatar, and have for a long time. But we're pretty disappointed about this casting decision, and we know we're not alone in that. This post is about what we can do.

What we need to do is send real, paper letters to the Kennedy/Marshall company -- specifically, the film's two produces, Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall -- telling them why we're offended by their casting choices and what we want them to do about it.

Below is a guide for how to make your letter as effective as possible and where to send it once you're done.

Please feel free to link this to as many people as possible. The better organized we are and the more people we get to participate, the more likely it is that we'll make a difference in this mess!

And once you're done with your letter, post a photo of yourself holding it in the comments! (Or your action figure/stuffed animal/dog if you're camera shy)

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As a fandom we don't always get along, but if we can come together and put in a little time to do this one thing, we can really make a difference! We all want this movie to be good -- let's do what we can to help that happen!

EDIT: It's been incredibly heartwarming to see so many non-fans speaking out about this issue and writing letters of their own. If you're unfamiliar with Avatar: The Last Airbender and want a better sense of why fans are so upset and offended by the casting decisions, we've put together a "Visual Essay" -- the show really does speak for itself.

EDIT2: The response so far has been fantastic, and we're SO GRATEFUL to all of you who have written letters so far! However, please keep in mind that we have a long way to go -- a hundred letters is an amazing thing, but it will take many, many more to get the attention of Paramount. Keep writing, keep spreading the word -- every letter is important, and every voice brings us closer to being heard.