Avon Barksdale wrote:Oh man, I'm sorry don't take this personal, so many people just don't get it.
These people who you call "liberal" which includes a good chunk of people who live in west coast urban environments encompassing Hollywood are actually some of the least tolerant people you're ever likely to find anywhere in the world. Yeah, they're accepting of gays, and drug use, and whatever else. You know what they are not accepting of? Anyone at all who dares to disagree with them. Just witness the kind of shit that the Prop8 protesters were pulling, vandalising Mormon churches, intimidating black and latino neighbourhoods which were mostly in favour of Prop 8. Check out someone like Hayden who, hot though she is, makes completely brainless political statements and pours the hate on everyone who disagrees with her. She's just a kid too, they get 'em young, with both political messages (schools have basically become indoctrination centres) and race imaging;
The only shows I can think of off the top of my head that got regular Asian guy characters in them are Heroes and Lost, and no one watches NBC so Heroes doesn't really count, and of the 4 characters, 3 of them are playing foreigners. There are more Asian women, but typically they all either mysteriously don't know a single other person of their race or got really oppressive parents. Oh yeah, I remember Dexter has Vince who is usually in it. Well, except in the wedding scene which every single other frakking person in the cast was in.
Sean Penn is a fucking asshole. I really can't stand that sanctimonious fuckwit. Let me tell you about people in Hollywood. They're paid to look good and pamper themselves. Not just the actors and directors, pretty much everyone who lives in that world connected to celebrity. They don't live a real life! They can hardly be called real citizens and they do not have realistic views of their country. They'd rather save a rain forest than save a country.
Black people are doing better in Hollywood because as an entire group they get their rage on when they are disrespected, even if there's little to no basis for it. The Asian American community hasn't followed suit, they've been mostly content to slide into the background and get fucked in the ass by white rule.
M.Night Shyamalan directed the film but he doesn't appear on screen. I'd guess the average person doesn't know what he looks like. Yeah, yeah ok I know he's actually always making appearances in his own films but no one really pays attention to some one minute cameo. Ang Lee has made like hundreds of films and I still got no idea what he looks like. If it wasn't for the name and me thinking hm, that's an odd name, sounds east-asian, I wouldn't even know he was Chinese. I didn't know who Shyamalan was until Unbreakable came out and someone said it by the same guy who did Sixth Sense.
You're right, I don't get it. I don't get what you're saying when you say the, "protestors of Prop-8." Because you just lumped pretty much every person who agrees that gays should be able to marry in this radical anarchist group of protestors. Some people burned mormon churches or attacked Latino's and blacks you say, but is that all of them, or even most of them? I for some reason doubt the majority of people against Prop-8 destroyed and vandalized anything they came across that was disagreeing or working against them. There are radicals everywhere and for every reason. They are the only ones that made the news during prop-8 because most news stations are conservative. They don't want gay marriage. Just because you see a couple celebs ranting about things they don't understand doesn't mean that is how they all are. Like, you don't know any of these people yet you say things implying you do just because you see how the news portrays them or what movies they are in.
You say celebrities don't live a real life. I don't get that. They aren't humans capable of rational thought and forming their own opinions? They just support things well... Because? How do you know this? I would love for you to tell me about Hollywood, have you been there? You must know a ton of execs, actors and shit because of the way you write so passionately about their beliefs (or lack thereof).
So, saving rainforests, part of the lifeblood of this planet is not in a way doing a service to your country? I believe celebs get involved in these political things because they know their voices will be heard and they can affect things to the point of change. They probably know that if they get out there to support what they believe, their fans will listen.
Plus, it is just funny that you're fighting for Asian rights, when you basically just said they are content with what they have... Why fight their battle for them, no one did that for Martin Luther King or Malcom X, or Ghandi. Where the fuck is the Asian rebellion? From what I have read, the only dominant Asian counties in the U.S. are in Hawaii, making it near impossible to do anything but waste your time and breath. Until America becomes a place with a thriving Asian population, it is going to be impossible to cast accordingly.
And the kid that plays Aang looks exactly like the cartoon character. My chinese friend, who is a huge fan of the show is just completely excited for the movie. She tells me I have no idea how excited she is and she has everything Avatar from stuffed animals to bonus DVDs, etc. Why can't people just see past the race and appreciate the story? That is what I am going to do.
And answer me this: If being a celebrity isn't a real life anyway, why do you want Asians to be a part of that lifestyle?