Avatar Racist? White Vs. Blue Is The New Internet Meme
Today, Google Trends had "Avatar racist" in the top 10 trends. First, that signifies that people are still talking about James Cameron's epic Avatar. Secondly, it means people are now pondering what they saw on the screen and re-evaluating the message. A week after the movie's release, Internet was abuzz talking about the so-called hidden message in Avatar, which many figured was a call to protect and cherish indigenous cultures in an effort to learn from past mistakes and stop repeating them in the future.
However, recently Avatar message is being re-evaluated by many. The latest Internet meme is that Avatar is actually racist. Some allege Avatar is anti-white, showing whites as a race of self-centered destructors. Jake Sully, the central figure in the movie, is being accused of "betraying his own race" as he tries to help out Na'vi, the people of Pandora whose home humans are trying to destroy in order to mine precious unobtanium. Many are saying the movie is all about Sully being an outcast and a kind of white Messiah, coming to the rescue of noble natives.
Here are some of people's reactions on Twitter to the claims that Avatar is racist:
diannerz: Wth ? Why are people calling Avatar a racist movie . Crazy .
chriszeller: according to CNN Avatar is racist against white people, and is so depressing that it has led some to kill themselves. WTF?
bink204: Just read an article about how "avatar" is racist, against who, 9 foot tall blue guys with a tail? Its not like he was drinking malt liquor.
IvonaTomiek: Avatar racist and sexist!??? No, I definitely don't think so... I've seen it weeks ago and absolutely loved it! Great movie!
The movie director James Cameron says he does not see the movie as racist.
Writer/director Cameron, who is white, said in an e-mail to The Associated Press that his film "asks us to open our eyes and truly see others, respecting them even though they are different, in the hope that we may find a way to prevent conflict and live more harmoniously on this world. I hardly think that is a racist message."
Avatar is now #2 highest grossing movie of all time with only Titanic still in the lead. The movie was released three weeks ago on December 18, but most of the shows are still sold out hours in advance.