A controversy is starting to brew over the new movie, “The Last Airbender”. This movie is based on the extremely popular animated series that features Asian characters and celebrates the Asian culture.
Paramount has made this movie into a live action film that will be released in July 2010. However, the part of the main Asian character, Sokka, was given to a Caucasian actor, and the only Asian actors in the film are all cast as villains or background characters. In fact, for the casting call, the main characters were asked to be “Caucasian or Any Other Ethnicity” while the film extras were asked to be “Middle Eastern, Asian, or Latino”.
Many groups are now planning to boycott the film to protest this type of casting in American movies. You can read more at Racebending.com.