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Star Trek: Into Whiteness

Star Trek: Into Whiteness

If there’s one thing that most fans of Star Trek will agree on, it’s the fact that Gene Roddenberry’s vision for the show — and, more optimistically, for human society — was predicated on the idea that all life is valuable, and that the worth of a person should not be judged by their appearance. Much of this was done through the old sci-fi trope of using aliens to stand in for op...
The Last Airbender – A Timeline of the Protest

The Last Airbender – A Timeline of the Protest

2002 to mid-2008: Origin of the Animated Series August 2008: Casting Heroes: “Caucasian or Any Other Ethnicity” December 2008: The Protest Gets Organized January 2009: Extras and Villains Wanted, Seeking Actors of Color February 2009: Advocacy Groups Become Involved Summer 2009: Former A:TLA staff members speak out! Fall 2009: Paramount’s film The Goods Outrages the Asian Americ...
The Last Airbender Movie Trailer: Super Bowl Ad First Look

The Last Airbender Movie Trailer: Super Bowl Ad First Look

UGO has released the first look at The Last Airbender movie’s Super Bowl ad. The Super Bowl spot reminds us of what the movie could have meant. A large budget film portraying heroes of color in a positive light. Instead, it shows the continuing Hollywood tradition of whitewashing – which is itself a direct descendant of practices of blackface and yellowface. The bottom-line is that...
From Fans to Activists: Loraine Sammy and Racebending.com

From Fans to Activists: Loraine Sammy and Racebending.com

Henry Jenkins is the Provost’s Professor of Communication, Journalism, and Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California. This blog highlights some research he has done with Anna Van Someren and Sangita Shresthova on fan activism and participatory culture. Lori Kido Lopez, Vice President of the Media Action Network for Asian Americans and doctoral student on this research team...
Shirt Sale – Protest The Last Airbender in Style

Shirt Sale – Protest The Last Airbender in Style

Want to protest The Last Airbender film in style? You’re in luck – Racebending.com is launching a brand new line of Carolina-blue street team shirts. U.S. manufactured, union-made, sweatshop-free! The new shirts are on-sale at BlackLava.net. Today, January 27th ONLY, our shirt is available for just $15 – no tax, no shipping! The sale is OVER but the shirts are still available...
Whitewashing in Young Adult literature

Whitewashing in Young Adult literature

Over the past few months, Bloomsbury has been under scrutiny for using racebending tactics for the cover images of their young adult genre novels. What blogs across the web have been discovering, this practice is not uncommon. Various other publishers make the decision to whitewash characters of colour for the cover images of teenaged- and adolescent-themed books. Bloomsbury’s first faux p...
Video Series: The Last Airbender Film: Why Are People Upset About Airbender?

Video Series: The Last Airbender Film: Why Are People Upset About Airbender?

A new video series on how to talk about Racebending. Having trouble explaining to people why you feel so passionately about The Last Airbender film? Frustrated by the people you meet who mean well but don’t understand? Watch this series – it’s less than five minutes altogether. We hope it helps! (Now with subtitle/transcripts provided by Racebending.com volunteer Maddy!) Introdu...
Extraordinary Measures? Yellowface? via Roger Ebert

Extraordinary Measures? Yellowface? via Roger Ebert

The Extraordinary Measures film opened last week and film critic Roger Ebert weighs in on the casting. As it turns out, Harrison Ford’s character is based on Dr. Yuan-Tsong Chen. In his review, Mr. Ebert writes: Dr. Robert Stonehill doesn’t exist in real life. The Pompe cure was developed by Dr. Yuan-Tsong Chen and his colleagues while he was at Duke University. [...] Harrison Ford...
Media Monday Spotlight – Avatar: The Last Airbender

Media Monday Spotlight – Avatar: The Last Airbender

Every Monday, we’ll be spotlighting media that celebrates the contribution of diverse faces, traditions, or talents to the American cultural landscape. In the future we’ll be letting you know about films, shows, and music that resonates with the mission of Racebending.com, with a focus on Asian American and Native American culture. For our very first media spotlight, we look to Avat...
'The Last Airbender' Protest on Facebook

'The Last Airbender' Protest on Facebook

To celebrate the New Year, we have launched an official Facebook Page. Becoming a fan lets you: Show your support for the movement Access all the latest Racebending videos and news Quickly share Racebending with your family and friends Check us out: http://facebook.com/racebending
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