It seems to me like there’s a lot of mental calesthetics going on, to make it ‘ok’ that Korra’s getting the crap side of the stick when it comes to Avatar power. And it’s confusing as heck at how wide the stretching goes. Toph kicks ass as a Master. Avatar Kyoshi kicks ass as a Master and an avatar. But the moment the WoC is actually center, the protaganist, current, suddenly the power isn’t there anymore? Suddenly she needs to be more spiritual, in more danger in more peril, have to be better somehow than a male Avatar?
Aang first lost his cool when he experienced rage/grief. Rage and grief were, in fact his keystones for hitting the Avatar state; loss of others, or loss of something of himself.
Roku was all about righteous anger.
Kyoshi was all about calm kick ass.
The prior water bender (a male) was all about crushing loss (of his love).
But Korra, somehow, hasn’t hit fear and alarm? Fear and rage? Fear and grief? Righteous anger? She somehow cares less for her friends? Less for the people she’s meant to protect? Less for her place as the Avatar? Is that’s what’s being said with all this; she’s just not THERE yet?
Why are so few people paying attention to the fact that instead of a heroine, we’re getting a ’leading lady in distress’. We can’t just be distracted by her muscular arms and think she’s doing heavy lifting. She isn’t - not on the same scale as the others.
So what if she’s got Ripley’s arms. Where the hell is the ‘Get away you B*tch!’? And DOING something?
[And look how this of all things is gonna have me actually commenting and likely effing it up]
I’m still asking this: How is someone who has been bending 3 elements since 5 years old, with expert training LESS capable than every OTHER character who gets a name thus far, even BEFORE we get into having an Avatar State?
There’s also the issue that as far as a plot device goes, the Avatar state served both to a) let a 12 year old barely trained boy kick ass when it’s convenient, to escape overwhelming odds as a “Get out of Trouble Free” card, and b) served often as a way of having to put on a kids TV show a boy going through grief of dealing with genocide or thinking his friends have been murdered.
What happens when Korra faces overwhelming odds? She does something kinda awesome, then she gets her butt kicked, then she’s unconscious, then someone saves her (or, they’re also knocked unconscious, and then someone saves them).
What happens when Korra faces overwhelming emotional threat? She falls crying into the arms of the father-figure character… Does she come out of it more confident, transformed (or at least, in the process of transforming)? Nope. Same thing, same results.
Like I said, my expectations at this point are a well animated trainwreck, and it will require massive turnaround to justify things, though I’m having a hard time imagining any of that will happen.
896: I’m really sick of people excusing LOK’s poor pacing by saying that Bryke only had twelve episodes. That isn’t how writing works. You’re supposed to use the time you have to efficiently and effectively develop your plot and characters well. Bryke didn’t. End of story.
submitted by delirious-bitter-gardens
“TLOK is like the posterchild of pretty good ideas terribly executed.
>Have a tough, risk-seeking heroine
>Push her into a MFF lovetriangle
>Have an interesting city that is the melting pot of all nation’s cultures
>spent most of your time in an arena playing dodgeball
>have an enigmatic villain, with a relatable agenda
>he barely shows up and when he does, he’s lol-evul
>have superb, fascinating adult characters
>spent most of your time with one-dimensional teens
>give mysterious flashbacks hinting at unfinished business involving the previous Avatar
>wrap it up in the most lackluster way possible”
Confessed by anon
“It really irks me when people say Mako was a pointless character and didn’t contribute anything to the show, if anyone was a ‘pointless’ character it would be Asami by far.”
Mako is probably not pointless, but he sure as hell hasn’t done very much for the Krew.
Asami, on the other hand, has contributed quite a bit to the story. In episode 7, Asami provided a home to Mako and Bolin. On top of that, she betrayed her own father to save her friends and stand up for what she believes was the right thing. In episode 8, Asami stayed classy and refused to make a fuss when she saw that her own boyfriend and new “friend” (using that term loosely) flirting with each other. In episode 9, she still kept her cool and even helped the Krew find Korra despite what had happened in the past episode. In episode 10, Asami used her own car as a weapon against an Equalist mecha only to later take out Equalists in hand-to-hand combat. In the season finale, she faced off against her own father and helped the Krew (or at least Mako and Korra) get their (undeserved) happy ending.
So, to summarise, this confession is a load of shit.
From witchdoctor-cupra here on Tumblr.
Here’s this person’s own words:
- “As you can see for the clothes, this is Korra with her present. I’ve just imagined how she became her main accessory. I don’t think she must be like a dark chocolate, isn’t it?”
After I informed the person that Korra is BROWN and is supposed to be brown:
“I don’t consider it to be the great problem, but I start to think , that you have predjudice against pale skin, isn’t it…”
Typical racist logic.
Deedee: That’s some twisted up bizarro logic right there!!
Been on the korraisnottan (and other poc sj blogs) all the wee hours of the morning. Changed up Korra’s colors to be more accurate. Then again, her skin color seems to vary with the lighting, so I just used the eyedropper tool on one of the official art.
I’m having brown skin issues when I’m sometimes not satisfied with my skin, thinking I’m too brown and I should use an umbrella more. To counteract this self-loathing, I design brown characters. I can’t wait to start drawing my OC’s now so I can get some headcanon skin colors ready.
Deedee: Oh you sweetheart you are too precious for this world.
Deedee: Was asked to make this ask rebloggable
Hi, just found this blog and read through a couple pages and I have a question. What is whitewashing, exactly, as defined by you? I ask this for a couple reasons:1. I’ve never heard of this word or of this issue until looking up stuff for Avatar and 2. I think some people genuinely don’t draw from references and may get the color wrong. I am not intending to start any sort of argument, I just want to be educated. Anyway, I love the fantastic (as you label) fanart you find! Keep it up! :)
Well I’m glad you asked. :3
1. Whitewashing is both the intentional and unintentional act of turning a POC into a person that is either white or less “ethic” than they originally. That means turning a dark skinned black person for example white or making them a lighter skinned black person. This can be achieved many ways but more commonly it’s with skin color but it’s also (in the case of black people) changing their hair texture to a straight texture. This is also giving characters like Korra european facial features. Like when people make realistic depictions of them, they use white people as models instead of Inuit like her original race is based off of.
This is also giving roles in movies and television shows that are meant for POC to white actors or less “ethnic” actors. For example the X-MEN movies gave the role of Storm to a light skinned black woman instead of a darker skinned actress like her character originally is. Or in the abomination that is the The Last Airbender, giving the roles of Sokka and Katara to white actors. Or Prince of Persia where they gave it to a white actor and just gave him a dark tan.
This is because white or close to white is seen as more desirable as well as relatable. This is why even in generic movies where race wouldn’t matter, white people are always the leads because people assume white people are more relatable to a larger audience than POC. The darker they are, the less relatable. The idea that white is more relatable is a product of a white upholding society where white is seen as right and whitewashing is a product of that where the desire to become closer to the “right” race is a rampant problem around the world. Many places where there are a large amount of POC, you can find in stores skin bleaching products to make them lighter. (Hince the term Damn lay off the bleach from the other antiwhitwashing blog I’m sure you’ve come across)The drive to make a character white or lighter or finding them prettier with lighter skin is the product of that problem.
2. People that draw her very light and don’t use a reference are the product of a color blind society. If you don’t know what colorblind means in terms of race, it is the claim that someone doesn’t see race when they look at someone and therefore treat everyone equally. This sounds good on paper but in practice it leads to people ignoring the racial differences, the social, cultural, economics that make up a person’s life. They hold people to the same standards when they don’t start on the same playing field. Many of those people believe affirmative action is wrong as all people should be treated equally but when POC pretty much start the race with no legs to run on to begin with, taking way the only leg they have in the race of life is unfair.
When people ignore race, they remember a character as they saw them and in most cases, they end up white as white is seen as default. Drawing a character you’ve seen a million times without a reference and still drawing them white is just a sign that the color of someone’s skin isn’t seen as important even though to the people in said skin, it’s an integral part of their identity.
References are easy to get and we actually supply are large amount of them on our blog.
Not having a references is not a good excuse.
I hope you learned what you wanted to learn. ;3
my two cents: Korra is a good example — by merely making her “tan” she is incorrectly labeled a PoC (as in, “problem solved y’all, we don’t have to include any actual black people because we included a tan person”). The Vv best example of whitewashing in pop culture, animation and comic books: Storm of the X-Men (initially and often depicted in animation with white hair, features and blue eyes)
Deedee: I wouldn’t say this was the best since Storm has almost always canonly had white hair and blue eyes. (Couldn’t tell you all the appearances since so many artists have drawn her.) Black peoples features aren’t all the same as you know so again, I couldn’t say it’s whitewashing because of again I don’t now all the appearances.
I’d say the best example in all of history is the whitewashing of Jesus in Christianity.