A film critic in a sarcastic tweet claimed that ‘Avatar 2’ is guilty of ‘cultural appropriation’

Film critic Kathia Woods showcased what many called “offensive” and “racist” on Twitter Sunday night by claiming that the “Avatar” film series is an example of “cultural appropriation.”

Avatar: The Way of Water, the long-awaited sequel to James Cameron’s 2009 film “Avatar,” officially hits theaters Friday after several delays and nearly five years of production. With Avatar being the highest-grossing movie of all time with over $2.8 billion in global ticket sales, expectations were high for what the sequel would do.

However, Woods offered a less enthusiastic perspective on the film, suggesting that it is an example of “cultural appropriation” with the white cast representing the fictional alien race, the Na’vi.

“At some point we have to talk about the cultural appropriation of Avatar and white actors playing cos. It’s just a mess and it’s not necessary and no amount of visual effects/CGI is going to erase that. Nasty lace fronts/dry synthetic braids,” Woods tweeted.

Fans attend the premiere of “Avatar: The Way of Water” at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles on December 12, 2022, and director James Cameron arrives at the world premiere of “Avatar: The Way of Water” in London. 6, 2022.
(Reuters / Toby Melville / Mario Anzoni).

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After several social media users derided and attacked the tweet shortly thereafter for claiming that playing alien characters is somehow a “takeover,” Woods made her Twitter account private.

“James Cameron didn’t even try to find blue-skinned people to play these roles,” Andrew Kerr, investigative reporter for the Washington Free Beacon, wrote on Twitter.

Washington Examiner columnist Beckett Adams agreed, saying, “It’s true. It’s disgusting. James Cameron never cast any real actors in a movie about Naifi.”

“No, no, we don’t have to talk about it,” federal writer Anna James Ziegler wrote.

Libertarian writer Hannah Cox tweeted, “When you get very awake, you start grouping aliens with real people of color. Like this is so offensive, how right.”

Avatar: The Way of Water will be released on December 16, 2022.
(20th Century Studios via AP)

Alberto Miguel Fernandez, European Conservative Contributor, stated, “I suppose this is a parody account. James Cameron is ‘culturally appropriating’ because he didn’t hire anyone blue? Even worse when you learn that the original script for #Avatar was definitely written by a non-blue Cameron.”

“Only nine-foot blue aliens can play nine-foot blue aliens in the movies,” radio host Dan O’Donnell joked.


Although Woods attacked “Avatar: The Way of Water” for having “white actors” portraying “characters of color,” the film actually features several non-white characters playing queer characters including Emmy-nominated actress CCH Pounder and Zoe Saldaña. , who reprises her role as “Nytiri” in the sequel.

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James Cameron at a movie premiere

James Cameron at the “Avatar: The Way of Water” premiere.
(Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images for Disney)

And while Woods limited her responses to her tweets, she eventually responded backlash from her opinion, claiming that “some people on the right” are the only ones who are angry.

“Obviously I made some right-hand people so crazy with my avatar tweet that someone emailed me. Thank you,” Woods wrote Monday.

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