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avatar is not a racist screed

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

it’s oscar campaign time and we’re wondering whose spreading badness about avatar in the hopes of denying james cameron a much deserved oscar. the story is not a messiah tale about the white man who goes to save the noble savages. this is a story about aliens. the main character, happens to be white. and at the end when he’s accused of betraying his race, the guy’s talking about the human race, because well, the character sam worthing portrays, jake sully, is a human in an avatar body. here’s the ridiculous article on yahoo. bear in mind, the yahoo links tend to vanish after a few weeks. but you could always google ‘some see racist theme in alien adventure.’ one of the most laugh out loud headlines i’ve read in centuries.

aside from the story line. i would bet that this is one of the few blockbusters that has a diverse cast of extras. how many latina women have been cast to play the lead in films with budgets over 100m dollars. the answer to that is one. zoe saldana. and she carries the film fantastically. we just wish we could add the umlaut and other character to her name and write it the way it should be written, but our html reader would probably freak out.