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Annotated Korra! Episodes 1 and 2

Annotated Korra! Episodes 1 and 2

With the advent of a new Avatar and the premiere of The Legend of Korra, long distance Racebending.com co-founders and collaborators Lori Sammy and Marissa Lee got together to watch the online premiere together…on instant message! In what we hope will be the first in a series, we gush over and break down the concepts presented in The Legend of Korra using a racebending lens! What do the E...
Noah Ringer: American Indian

Noah Ringer: American Indian

As many of you are aware, there was a recent article about Noah Ringer. It discusses his future as an actor, and also includes one revelation pertinent to the racebending.com The Last Airbender protest: “Ringer, who’s of American Indian* heritage, still lives in Dallas with his parents.” *(Racebending.com confirmed that when asked by Entertainment Weekly reporter Karen Valby about h...
Marvel Responds to Runaways Casting Concerns

Marvel Responds to Runaways Casting Concerns

Marvel Studios has responded to Racebending.com and the Asian American community’s concerns about the casting of an Asian American actress to portray the character Nico Minoru in Runaways (2012). A statement Racebending.com received on Thursday, August 26th read: “Thank you for reaching out regarding your concerns over Marvel’s recent casting notice for THE RUNAWAYS. We appreci...
Adoption Today: Asians can be heroes, too!

Adoption Today: Asians can be heroes, too!

Adoption Today is the only magazine dedicated to international and transracial adoption. Ten year old writer Li Huan Shandross, a transracial adoptee, weighed in on the casting of The Last Airbender in an article in the July 2010 issue. According to Li Huan’s mom, Ellin: “She put tons of hours into writing and re-writing her piece, and although I’m biased, I have to admit that s...
KTTV Fox 11 News Los Angeles– Last Airbender Draws Race Protests

KTTV Fox 11 News Los Angeles– Last Airbender Draws Race Protests

Fox 11 News (Southern California – Channel 11) was on scene to report on the protest against The Last Airbender held in front of the Arclight Theater.  Reporter Hal Eisner interviewed protest organizers and protesters present at the demonstration for a report that aired on the 10 o’clock news. Hollywood – Movie critics aren’t the only ones taking issue with M. Night Shyamala...
KABC TV – Channel 7 – Los Angeles News –  Protests against ‘Last Airbender’ casting

KABC TV – Channel 7 – Los Angeles News – Protests against ‘Last Airbender’ casting

Racebending.com and Asian Americans took to the streets in a public demonstration against The Last Airbender on July 1st in front of the Cinerama Dome in Hollywood.  Channel 7’s 6 o’ clock news reporter Leanne Suter was there, interviewing protesters and moviegoers about the casting controversy. – Protests against ‘Last Airbender’ casting     Racebending.c...
The Problem With Colorblindness

The Problem With Colorblindness

essay by guest contributor Faith Bell Colorblindness. I have been hearing this term more and more. It sounds nice, but it does more harm than good. After centuries of giving value to the color of a person’s skin, attempting to push race aside now also pushes aside the struggles that many people have gone through because of the value placed on their skin. Colorblindness is passive. It hel...
Shyamalan interviews: racebending.com responds

Shyamalan interviews: racebending.com responds

Director M Night Shyamalan was interviewed by ugo.com (further related interviews here and here) about the casting discrimination in his upcoming film The Last Airbender. The interviews meant to clarify his motives behind casting white protagonists in an Asian-based fantasy film. Unfortunately, Shyamalan’s idea of ‘diversity’ only proves how much he completely misconstrues the...
WonderCon 2010 has a new fan table:  Racebending.com!

WonderCon 2010 has a new fan table: Racebending.com!

Racebending.com will be at WonderCon! If you’ll be in the San Francisco area April 2nd through 4th, come join us at the show! Last week, the Exhibitors were announced for WonderCon 2010. This year, WonderCon will be held from April 2nd through 4th in San Francisco, California. WonderCon, also known as the “Nor-Cal Comic-Con” is an annual comic book, science fiction, and motio...
Wired Magazine – March 23, 2010

Wired Magazine – March 23, 2010

Wired Magazine’s GeekDad blog had a special guest writer, blogger Corrina Lawson‘s eldest daughter, write on the casting controversy. One Kid’s Take on “The Last Airbender’s” Casting Fail. One Kid’s Take on “The Last Airbender’s” Casting Fail By Corrina Lawson March 23, 2010 The other Avatar movie, The Last Airbender, is coming out on July 2. My kids are considerabl...
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