There is a campaign underway to boycott James Cameron’s latest movie ‘Avatar: The Way of Water’ due to a variety of issues.
Some Aboriginal and Indigenous people accuse the film, like its predecessor, of cultural appropriation and its use of the white savior complex.
Join Indigenous peoples and other Indigenous groups around the world in boycotting this appalling and racist film. chirp Yoi Bejay, Navajo artist and co-chairman of Indigenous Pride Los Angeles. Our cultures have been appropriated in a harmful way to please some [white flag emoji] Man’s savior complex.
The interruption of the sequel brought back the conversation that occurred in 2009 when “Avatar” was first released.
The original film follows the Na’vi people from the fictional planet Pandora, a group that battles colonists from Earth in an effort to wrest their resources.
The 2022 sequel follows the same tribe as they leave their former land for one near the ocean, but still face the same issues with the land-based invaders.
Another factor fueling the boycott are comments Cameron made in 2010 about the Lakota Sioux in a Guardian article, where he spoke out against the Belo Monte hydroelectric dam in the Amazon.
The Academy Award-winning director said that the colonization and displacement of Native Americans were a “driving force” in his writing of “Avatar”. However, one comment has landed him in a quandary as some feel it contributes to “anti-Indigenous rhetoric”.
“I felt like I was 130 years in the past watching what the Lakota Sioux would have said at a time when they were pushed around, killed, asked for displacement and were receiving some form of compensation,” he said. “This was a driving force for me in writing ‘Avatar’ – I can’t help but think about it [the Lakota Sioux] They had a window of time and they could see the future…and they could see their children commit suicide with one of the highest suicide rates in the country…because they were desperate and it was a dead-end society—which is what’s happening now—they would have fought harder.”
These comments appeared again in a tweet They set the internet on fire.
Don’t watch that movie. I couldn’t even begin to how wrong he is about “they would have fought some more,” chirp Anpo Jensen, who claims the Oglala sub-tribe of the Lakota people.
“It seems James Cameron made ‘Avatar’ to inspire all of my dead ancestors to ‘fight harder’,” Dr Joanna Brewer of Smith College said. chirp. “Immediately with this complicated savior, bud. And everyone, please watch a real original movie instead of that badly appropriated blue trash.”
“Eww, way to blame the victim and not think about your status/privilege,” he tweeted. Lydia Jennings, for the people of Wixárika and Yoeme. “I saw the original avatar; upset, people celebrated the story while not thinking about how many indigenous peoples nowadays struggle to do so.”
So far Cameron has not made any public comments about the boycott.
“Avatar: The Way of Water” is in theaters now.
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