Protesting the Premiere of “The Last Airbender”

Attention all MANAA and Racebending supporters, Asian American community organizers, and thousands of disgruntled fans of Nickelodeon’s Avatar: The Last Airbender! A boycott/protest is being planned for the opening night of the movie, Thursday July 1st. More volunteers are needed to hold the protest in Los Angeles.

MANAA’s protest last year against the movie “The Goods” resulted in media coverage and helped lead to an in-person meeting with the head of Paramount. Protests against the The Last Airbender have already resulted in media coverage, such as:

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/herocomplex/2010/05/racebending.html

http://www.racebending.com/v3/news/associated-press-50-other-media-outlets-may-25th-2010/

http://www.movieline.com/2010/05/boycotts-urged-over-white-stars-in-prince-of-persia-last-airbender.php

Please volunteer, make your voice heard, and send a message to the entertainment industry. For more information, see www.manaa.org/lastairbender.html or find MANAA on Facebook.

Kudos to Pixar for Asian American Star of “Up”

Guy Aoki’s letter to the editor was published in the LA Times:

While it was interesting reading John Horn’s story about how the creators of the movie “Up” developed the plot of the movie (“Up, Up and Away,” May 10), he missed a very significant element of the production: The costar of the film is an overweight Asian American boy. So in addition to praising the studio for telling the story of a senior citizen (an often overlooked demographic of society), kudos should be given to Disney/Pixar for not shying away from using a person of color — who also didn’t fit the ultra-thin model of attractiveness foisted upon us by the media — to costar in their big budget film.

Guy Aoki