January 26th, 2009

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Another Update On Addresses

As you know, we've been given a lot of different information about who the correct person at Paramount is to send letters to, and now we've been tipped off by several kind commenters to the fact that Mark Bakshi was actually replaced this fall. We have no idea why, when we called Paramount in late December, we were told he was still president of features production and given an address we should use for him -- we realize things change quickly in Hollywood, and called to confirm for EXACTLY this reason.

After calling Paramount's offices again and getting yet another address -- one without the specific routing information we were previously told was essential -- we're starting to feel that the studio is giving us the run around.

Don't worry about letters that have already been sent -- we think they're the reason we now can't get a straight answer. Instead, just concentrate on sending letters to the Kennedy/Marshall address, which can be found here.

Also, please keep sending letters and emails to media outlets! Putting in links to some of the essays in the links list can be very helpful, especially those links that are other media outlets, as few things drive a story faster than other reporters being on the story as well.

Again, let us know if you are getting any of the letters returned, and keep writing!
down south

February 7th Casting Call in Philadelphia: Can You Make It?

A second casting call for The Last Airbender will be held on February 7th in Philadelphia, from 10AM to 4PM at the Independence Hall Visitor Center. If you're a supporter in that area and wish to peacefully protest Paramount Pictures' whitewashing of "The Last Airbender," this post contains all the information we have.

The precise address they give is:

Independence Hall Visitor Center
"Independence Ball Room"
6th & Market Streets
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Specific transportation advice and information can be found here, with thanks to drmoonpants. You can read the flier in its entirety here.

Because of the incredibly short notice only a few supporters were able to make it to the last casting call, but they had a GREAT day and were kind enough to share their story with us. You can read it here, complete with an excellent photo -- we can't stress enough how proud of them we are!

Two brave protesters lead to a series of newspaper articles and a flurry of discussion online, helping to shine the spotlight on what Paramount is doing and raise awareness of the larger issue of whitewashing in Hollywood. Imagine what ten could do. Or twenty. Or more!

If you're on Facebook and want to help, you can go here sign up for this event and coordinate with other people who plan to attend! Carpools are being arranged for those who don't live in the city.

If you prefer to coordinate via the comments on this entry, drmoonpants has volunteered to help organize and has posted all the details here -- please reply there if you plan to attend or have and questions!

Reposted from the previous entry, because it bears repeating:

If you can make it to the casting call in person, we would love for you to
• Ask polite but firm questions of the casting people about why they chose white actors to play Asian and Inuit characters and report back here with what they say
• Ask why no formal statement has been made by Paramount Pictures or Blinding Edge Pictures (Shyamalan's production company) about the casting controversy and, again, let us know what they say
• Take photos and notes about what you see and hear and share them with us in the comments
• Peacefully and respectfully protest the casting decisions, and tell the local media that you plan to do so. If you want to organize a protest, relevant information regarding applying for permits and such can be found here. And again, there is a Facebook event for those who prefer to coordinate that way.

You should not, under any circumstances
• Spam their voicemail or email with messages
• Harass or insult the casting people in any way or interfere with their ability to do their jobs
• Protest the casting in a manner that is not completely peaceful, polite and respectful
• Confront or disrespect anyone else who shows up to the casting call
• Behave in a manner that would cast a bad light on this movement as a whole