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Old April 1 2011, 10:52 PM   #1
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Racebending and other Asian-Americans speak up against Akira whitewash

Earlier this week, Racebending – the group who organized the boycott against 2010′s Last Airbender film – sent letters to the studios behind the upcoming Akira movie adaptation, following reports that the movie, based upon Katsuhiro Otomo’s iconic manga series, would be subject to a similar whitewashing.

The letters were addressed to Warner Brothers president Jeff Robinov and Thomas Tull, chairman and CEO of Legendary Pictures, and was also signed by these Asian-American community groups:

Asian Pacific American Media Coalition (a coalition that includes organizations like the Japanese American Citizens League and East West Players)
Asian American Justice Center
Media Action Network for Asian Americans
National Korean American Service & Education Consortium
Organization for Chinese Americans – Greater Los Angeles
Taiwanese American Citizens League.

The revamping of Akira has also spurred Racebending to create a Facebook petition against the whitewashing, which has garnered more than 6,000 followers as of Wednesday night.
Racebending and other Asian-American Groups Speak Up Against Akira Whitewashing
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Old April 1 2011, 11:03 PM   #2
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Good for them.
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Old April 1 2011, 11:12 PM   #3
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Re: Racebending and other Asian-Americans speak up against Akira white

Wow! more than 6,000! That's almost more than some small towns in Kansas.
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Old April 1 2011, 11:18 PM   #4
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Re: Racebending and other Asian-Americans speak up against Akira white

Interesting. On the heels of the discussion we had here a few months ago about how The Hobbit could be well-served by casting that didn't necessarily match the racial tradition of the source material, we now have protests against a film ... not necessarily matching the racial tradition of the source material. It'll be interesting to see the how consistent the comments are. Do you cast the "best actors available" regardless of source material? Or do you cast the "best actors available that most closely match the source material"? Personally, I agree with the petition. Fidelity to the source material is preferable to false political correctness.
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Old April 1 2011, 11:42 PM   #5
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So why aren't they protesting against all "racebending?" Why is it that only Asian "racebending" is a crime against humanity?
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Old April 1 2011, 11:51 PM   #6
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The casting of this proposed Akira adaptation is of vital concern to the national community of inter-ethnic rel- kzzzzzz zzzzzzzz zzzzzzz...
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Old April 2 2011, 12:14 AM   #7
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Re: Racebending and other Asian-Americans speak up against Akira white

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So why aren't they protesting against all "racebending?" Why is it that only Asian "racebending" is a crime against humanity?
What was the last American-made movie you saw with an Asian star? Or even a strong supporting role? How about one that didn't have "martial artist" as a defining trait? Hell, the only decent Asian character on TV right now that I can recall off the top of my head is Cho from The Mentalist and half the writers on that show seem to ignore him.

I can understand Hollywood execs not wanting to have a completely Asian cast, but just about every major city in the US has a large Asian population, and they happen to be very visible in the street motor-sports scene. There is no reason why at least a few of the main characters can't be Asian, if not strictly Japanese. Import a few huge stars like Rain or the like from Japan and Korea and you can pretty much assure any loss of interest from the American public will be made up by those two markets.

Asians are clearly under-represented in entertainment media though, to argue anything else is simply untrue.
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Old April 2 2011, 12:19 AM   #8
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Hopefully this will be every bit the outstanding success that the Airbender piece of crap was, and similarly affect the careers of those involved.
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Old April 2 2011, 12:32 AM   #9
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Re: Racebending and other Asian-Americans speak up against Akira white

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The casting of this proposed Akira adaptation is of vital concern to the national community of inter-ethnic rel- kzzzzzz zzzzzzzz zzzzzzz...
I say that they're right, which is why I objected to the casting of Idris Elba in Thor and the idea of any casting (as mentioned at the original article's site) of women of colour as Lois Lane due to similar backlash/protest from fanboys and the population at large. If it works, or can work without people having adverse reactions to the concept, I'm all for it. But it rarely works outside of theater.


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What was the last American-made movie you saw with an Asian star? Or even a strong supporting role? How about one that didn't have "martial artist" as a defining trait? Hell, the only decent Asian character on TV right now that I can recall off the top of my head is Cho from The Mentalist and half the writers on that show seem to ignore him.

I can understand Hollywood execs not wanting to have a completely Asian cast, but just about every major city in the US has a large Asian population, and they happen to be very visible in the street motor-sports scene. There is no reason why at least a few of the main characters can't be Asian, if not strictly Japanese. Import a few huge stars like Rain or the like from Japan and Korea and you can pretty much assure any loss of interest from the American public will be made up by those two markets.

Asians are clearly under-represented in entertainment media though, to argue anything else is simply untrue.
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Old April 2 2011, 12:34 AM   #10
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Re: Racebending and other Asian-Americans speak up against Akira white

Really, my main gripe about the casting in Last Air Bender was Uncle Iro, he's supposed to be fat, not rail thin. Of course there are other gripes, as well.
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Old April 2 2011, 12:53 AM   #11
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Re: Racebending and other Asian-Americans speak up against Akira white

This is only the beginning.

The rape of great anime has begun.
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Old April 2 2011, 01:07 AM   #12
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Re: Racebending and other Asian-Americans speak up against Akira white

the only good thing about akira is kaneda's awesome bike.

but also i think kaneda should be played by ving rhames and tetsuo should be colin firth.
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Old April 2 2011, 01:40 AM   #13
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This is only the beginning.

The rape of great anime has begun.
So then, why don't the Japanese make this and other anime properties into live action movies?

This reminds me of the movie Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World, and why (for the life of me) it wasn't made in Canada, by Canadians, but made in Canada by a British film director and an American film company (Universal). It seems that Canadian directors and writers, so used to making every dismal imitation Sundance style movie, can't make a movie like Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World since their sensibilities can't grasp it in any way. Perhaps the Japanese have the same problem (although they've made live action movies out of Casshan [as Casshern], Initial D, Devilman, and Space Crusier Yamato, so it's not been totally bad-but doesn't explain why they haven't made a live action version of Akira.)

AS for the 'rape of anime' can you be any more of a drama queen?
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Old April 2 2011, 03:00 AM   #14
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Re: Racebending and other Asian-Americans speak up against Akira white

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Hell, the only decent Asian character on TV right now that I can recall off the top of my head is Cho from The Mentalist and half the writers on that show seem to ignore him.

There's a show that takes place in Hawaii that has a couple of Asian leads and many guest stars.
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Old April 2 2011, 03:09 AM   #15
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Re: Racebending and other Asian-Americans speak up against Akira white

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Hell, the only decent Asian character on TV right now that I can recall off the top of my head is Cho from The Mentalist and half the writers on that show seem to ignore him.

There's a show that takes place in Hawaii that has a couple of Asian leads and many guest stars.
Yup. Forgot to Mention Grace Park (Boomer from NuBSG) and Daniel Dae Kim (Crusade and LOST) in Hawaii 5-0
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