Alternatively titled: “Why ‘The Last Airbender’ Is, Actually, A White-Washed Film — No, Really,” or simply just “Yes, Another One of Those Race Posts”
I’d be lying if I said this wasn’t inspired by a certain event that happened in the fandom a few days ago. Nevertheless, this is not aimed at any one specific person, and I mean that honestly. I’ve noticed many people using these excuses and defending very dangerous prejudiced ideas in this fanbase and I’m not all right with it. But I’m going to try not to let my rage control most of my words here. Okay.
But first, a prelude (this doesn’t just apply to Avatar, tbh).
What to Do if Someone Claims You’ve Said/Done Something Racist:
Do not pout. Do not cry. Do not throw a hissy fit. Do not immediately say “I AM NOT A RACIST HOW DARE YOU YOU DON’T KNOW MY LIFE!!”
- Breathe. No, really, just take a deep breath and calm down before you respond. No matter how rude someone may have been in their accusations (if they were at all), nobody is going to take you seriously if you scream and act like a child.
- Do not start your argument off with “I am not a racist” or “don’t call me a racist.” Nobody’s going to believe or humor you.
- Realize that if you are white and a person of color claims that what you have said or done was racist, then it’s very likely that they are correct. White people have something called white privilege, which is invisible to most Caucasians, but many people of color see it every day. Try to recognize your privilege, and if it’s blocking you from understanding their point, step away from it and think about how they might be right.
- Understand, or try to, why they claim what you did was racist. Do they have a point? Acknowledge it. People are going to be much more willing to be nice to you if you are polite about the situation. This may be the Internet, but that’s no reason to be a jackass.
- If you really don’t get why what you said was wrong, say so in a polite way. Emphasis on the word ‘polite’ — you want to say “Hey, I really don’t get why you’d say that because a, b, c,” not “Your opinion is stupid and you don’t know shit because x, y, z.” I don’t care how “cool” the second option sounds.
- Understand that your pride does not matter. If you realize you’re in the wrong halfway through the argument, that you’re out-numbered (which is a dumb reason to give up lbr), or that you have no other legitimate points, don’t say “I’m done with this.” Don’t say “Shut up, I don’t want to talk about this anymore.” The least you can do is follow through with your argument if your actions, thoughts, or words are the ones that instigated it in the first place.
Here’s what you SHOULDN’T do:
- Don’t you dare use the First Amendment as an excuse to say whatever you like. Yes, you do have the right to free speech, and that allows you the right to say whatever you please — that does not, however, protect you from people that are similarly free to argue against it. Your right to free speech will be respected, but nobody’s guaranteeing you anything for the words you say themselves.
- Do not, under any circumstances, tell someone to:
Because you are not them. You have no right to tell somebody not to be upset. You have no right to tell somebody that they aren’t allowed to care. If your words or actions affected somebody, they matter, and you need to own up to that.
- calm down
- stop complaining/overreacting/letting it get to you
- any variation thereof that disregards their points and only serves to emphasize your inability to focus on an argument without whining about how “not fun” it is to see people fighting all the time.
Korra Learns to Drive, now with visual aid!
(this is all completely based on oh-the-linsanity’s post.
she’s awesome btw shower her with your praise)
Three generations of penguin sledding!
(Aang and Katara
Kya, Bumi and Tenzin
Jinora, Ikki, Meelo and Rohan)
I listened to the orchestra version of Chinese Tall Story again and then watched “The Boy in The Iceberg”
I can’t believe it’s been that long already, my heart is PHYSICALLY hurting with nostalgia and memories. But in a good way??)
I noticed that I hadn’t been farting around in my sketchbook enough lately, so I went and fixed that.
I feel fortunate that I know just enough kung fu to draw halfway convincing sparring.
Fire is the element of power.
These two would never stop making fun of each other.
in an affectionate way, of course
Hahahaha ever since Saturday the Korra finale seems to make me angrier and angrier. As a storyteller and as a fan of solid storytelling, it is an atrocious mess! I stand by the creators are amazing directors, amazing concept artists, amazing producers, but wow are they terrible writers. They have absolutely no understanding of dramatic convention, and so the first season of The Legend of Korra suffered greatly from terrible execution, and the core ideas were so good it should’ve been a gamechanger. It should’ve been the most brilliant thing on television and instead we were given a 12-week narrative case of blue balls.
Disclaimer: if you enjoyed/love/fanatic about Korra, by all means continue to do so! I enjoyed a lot about Korra. In fact that is why I am so frustrated. But that aside, this is meant as a critique and a dissection and as such you can take it or you can leave it. Nothing I have to say will change the show, nor will anything I have to say will have any effect on what season 2 will bring. Mostly I have been ranting about it to everyone on a daily basis since Saturday and this is my way to finally just. get. it. all. out. So this is me shouting into the ether for my own cathartic glee.
one of my fave quotes from atla ^__^
All my Iroh I and II feelings.
for fucks sake, bumi.