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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

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semiramis
Jan. 26th, 2009 11:29 pm (UTC)
I kind have this idea of making posters juxtaposing the stanzas of Kipling's White Man's Burden with montages of images from Avatar, but I'm not sure if that's coming on too strong--and in any case, I'm not certain whether or not I'll have the time. I'm in Pittsburgh, which is a seven- or eight-hour train ride from Philly.
semiramis
Jan. 26th, 2009 11:30 pm (UTC)
...or signs, rather. Not posters.
socchan
Jan. 27th, 2009 04:06 pm (UTC)
I'm not going to be able to make it to the protest, I'm afraid - I live several states away and have a tight budget - but my spirit's with all of you who can get there.

Having read our previous protesters' story, I remember them mentioning the news channel coming around and not being able to report on our issue. Has there been any thought put into contacting local news agencies this time around and maybe suggesting they cover the protest?
star_bolt08
Jan. 27th, 2009 05:34 pm (UTC)
That's a good idea. Right now the only thing I remember about the new casting call article is the rather embarrassing remark someone made about Koreans wearing kimono(?!), so this might be a silly question: is it going to be held in the same place as the first one? If so, maybe some of the people who were at that one should contact the reporter who said she wanted to help, and whoever else in the local media there who covered the story. Plus, I bet more people would show up to protest if they new for a fact that they were going to get publicity. (Once again, I won't be able to go. I live several states away, and am merely a constantly broke college girl.)
techiecl
Jan. 27th, 2009 06:50 pm (UTC)
If you are in the area...please show & a possible light hearted protest song
I live in GA. If I was not hosting a party (whom all will hear about the efforts here) the 7th, I'd be sorely tempted to fly out for the protest. So please if you live in the area or are fortunate and driven enough to commute/travel a long ways to the protest, I implore you to.

If you do show up, there is a song sung by Maurissa Tancharoen, one of the writers (Asian fiancee of Jed Whedon) of Joss Whedon's smash hit Dr Horrible's Sing-A-Long Blog. She has a song on the DVD commentary (it's also a musical) entitled: Nobody's Asian In The Movies.

It'd sure liven up any protest as well as educate through humor.

*song discovered via 8asians.com
someguy44
Jan. 27th, 2009 07:08 pm (UTC)
Would protest
But unfortunately I don't live in the area. A few states away from Philly and I don't have my driver license. Anyway, if you are someone who lives in Philly, PLEASE SHOW UP AND PROTEST! PLEASE! HELP DO SOMETHING TO REMOVE THIS CAST! Come on people, let's a good group of 30 people or so this time.
dharmavati
Jan. 27th, 2009 07:55 pm (UTC)
I was just tagged by the Facebook group about Facebook event for anyone protesting at the casting call. I unfortunately will not be able to go but this might be helpful for anyone who wants to join in the organization of the protest or possibly look for a ride/carpool. :)
aang_aint_white
Jan. 27th, 2009 07:57 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the heads up! We'll link to that right away!
megan_c_kelly
Jan. 27th, 2009 08:01 pm (UTC)
Yeah, we over at the facebook end have gotten some yes responses so far for the event, and we'll give yinz updates as we get them on numbers and such. Currently, 15 people have said they will be attending. Myself personally, I plan on attending if my plans work out for making the trek from Pittsburgh with some friends.
aang_aint_white
Jan. 27th, 2009 08:03 pm (UTC)
Very best of luck to all of you!

Maybe there are local fans who can put you up for the night? It might make the trip a little less onerous if it doesn't all have to be in one day.
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someguy44
Jan. 27th, 2009 08:13 pm (UTC)
Everyone who is attending the protest, remember to bring your pitchforks and torches... oh yeah, uh, right, sorry, trying to make a lame joke.
drmoonpants
Jan. 27th, 2009 08:53 pm (UTC)
Barring unforeseen catastrophe I'll absolutely be there. I'm keeping up with the Facebook group too, I'm just putting myself out here extra as a local with a car and a spare couch and a pretty good knowledge of the area who would love to do anything to help I can.
aang_aint_white
Jan. 29th, 2009 09:00 am (UTC)
More specifics now available, and post updated accordingly!
bluegreenpen
Jan. 27th, 2009 09:53 pm (UTC)
Hey, the girl from the Lemon Water blog over here : D

I can't attend (I'm sorry, but living in Peru means it is kind of out of the question), but I'm really proud of how everybody is working together to make our voices known. I'm glad you guys are doing so much - I never would have dreamed that people could unite like this over something a lot of people would dismiss. I'll be there in spirit and mind, and hope everything goes well!
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opal_skies
Jan. 28th, 2009 03:48 am (UTC)
I think these are all excellent ideas! Pamphlets, excerpts from some of the excellent essays that have been written - heck! why not throw some sandwich boards in there? :)
(Anonymous)
Jan. 28th, 2009 12:29 am (UTC)
This is bad...
Listen to this interview with Jesse McCartney. It... horrifies me. O_O
(Anonymous)
Jan. 28th, 2009 01:23 am (UTC)
Re: This is bad...
Dude, I'm worried that we won't be able to save Avatar. I understand we want to raise awareness, but still...I don't want to see white people playing my favorite characters on the big screen.
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(Anonymous)
Jan. 28th, 2009 03:46 pm (UTC)
wanted to audition
I was planning on going to the audition..but am torn because I was VERY upset with the main casting. Zuko is actually my favorite and when I saw the cast a pop star I was infuriated!! Supposedly the cast are already set in stone, but I do love that you are all trying.
aang_aint_white
Jan. 28th, 2009 04:44 pm (UTC)
Re: wanted to audition
While we also hold out hope that the cast may change if we push them hard enough, the main reason we're protesting The Last Airbender is to send a message to Paramount: that we won't support a film that was cast in this way, financially or otherwise.

By refusing to support this project and making sure as many people as possible know why, we hope that at the very least we can keep something like this from happening again. Studios whitewash properties like Avatar and marginalize minority actors because the public lets them get away with it.

All of that said, it's up to you what you want to do personally.
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djinnj
Jan. 28th, 2009 07:24 pm (UTC)
I should be able to go. Don't have/don't want facebook so I can't follow it there, but keeping a weather eye out for more info. :)
glockgal
Jan. 28th, 2009 08:03 pm (UTC)
Hooray! I joined the FB group and I'm keeping an eye on it, so I'll definitely keep you informed when it all gets solidified!
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avatar_mom
Jan. 28th, 2009 08:46 pm (UTC)
Life Time Achievements
Even though I support these arts and I am usually so happy when professionals in this field are honored. But because of what is happening with The Last Airbender, I find myself less than jovial for Frank Marshall and Kathleen Kennedy's life long achievement awards:

http://www.visualeffectssociety.com/documents/Nominees%202009%20Release_FINAL%20DRAFT%20Jan%20%2018%202009.pdf


Congratulations
caterfree10
Jan. 28th, 2009 09:44 pm (UTC)
Re: Life Time Achievements
*growls* They don't deserve that award. Not for the crap they're pulling with Avatar. *attempts to hold self back*
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(Anonymous)
Jan. 29th, 2009 06:05 am (UTC)
Hey guys
Just so you know, I'm not sure if you have seen this already but there has already been another very upfront Article about this posted recently:

http://media.www.dailypennsylvanian.com/media/storage/paper882/news/2009/01/29/News/Protestors.Oppose.whitewashing.In.New.Shyamalan.Film-3602449.shtml
(Anonymous)
Jan. 29th, 2009 07:22 am (UTC)
Re: Hey guys
That link is not working. Here's another one:

http://media.www.dailypennsylvanian.com/media/storage/paper882/news/2009/01/28/News/Casting.For.Shyamalan.Film.Extras.Draws.Complaints-3601849.shtml
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