Ethnic activists are protesting The Last Airbender and Prince of Persia. Amusingly predictable story here.
Thanks for pointing this out, Fortunato, as I was not aware that the article did not allow comments. I have rectified the situation. I apologize for the oversight.
I know it has nothing to do with this article and I apologize for the inconvenience of being off-topic, but why are comments not available on the Roger Scruton article?
Yeah, because Hollywood has portrayed Asians in such awesome light the past 100 years/sarcasm
“My first response is: Where were these “critics” when Andrew Klavan’s great novel True Crime was being ‘black-faced,’…”
See, and my first response was the producers of both “Prince of Persia” and “The Last Airbender” should have hired Jonathan Pryce to play leading roles.
My first response is: Where were these “critics” when Andrew Klavan’s great novel True Crime was being ‘black-faced,’ and the character on whom the entire novel turned was changed from Caucasian to Black? That was something that didn’t just change the faces on screen. It turned the story’s theme on it’s head.
That being said, I think there is merit to the argument that Gyllenhaal is miscast. It’s “Prince of Persia,” for goodness sake, not “Prince of Montana.” Could they not have found someone of Iranian dissent to play the part? It isn’t as if Jake Gyllenhaal has ever carried a movie, or I hear people clamoring for the next Gyllenhaal picture. I understand that this is supposed to be a big action, summer tent pole movie and they would want a name on the marquee. But do they really think Gyllenhaal is it?
Maybe he’s gotta do something to buck “Brokeback Mountain” off his … uh, back.
Concerning, The Last Airbender: The racialist bean counters really have too much time on their hands when their nitpicking over who portrays a cartoon character.