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    Default Avatar causing depression and inciting racism?

    This is absolutely ludicrous, but there was an article in the free newspaper Metro here in the UK that claims people are becoming depressed from watching Avatar and realising a utopian dream is impossible in this day and age. And the almost entirely white Earth force doiminating Pandora leaves eerie thoughts of colonialism in people's minds...

    Has anyone heard of that? Does anyone feel adversely affected by the movie?

    I think it's pure nonsense myself. I loved the movie, but I don't feel like a utopian world is impossible. Though as capitalism would be a difficult thing to defeat. The aggressive-dominant nature of our species drives us towards capitalism. The utopian Human society portrayed in shows like Star Trek would only likely arise from a near-apocolyptic end to the world.

    I did however get an un-easy feeling at the nigh-complete white opressor, and the way the Na'vi were dressed in similar styles to African native tribes.

    A brief on-line version of the article can be read on the Metro.co.uk site:
    Avatar fans struck with depression, amid racist message claims | Metro.co.uk
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    I didn't, I found it to be soul nourishing for my idealism.

    I'm surprised it hit people that way, I watched The Road, now THAT was depressing, and that invoked a feeling of helplessness.
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    I did read this, ha. Let's be honest: Avatar is the largest leap forward the fetish community [particularly furries] has had in years. It's going to attract some nutjobs.



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    Why is it such a big deal if Avatar is racist/depressing? There are a ton of movies out there already like that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Haphazard View Post
    Why is it such a big deal if Avatar is racist/depressing? There are a ton of movies out there already like that.
    Well to be honest, I don't care so much. The only thing that crossed my mind during the movie was the colonialism angle. But I was wondering if anyone on here had experienced such feelings.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ProperDave View Post
    Well to be honest, I don't care so much. The only thing that crossed my mind during the movie was the colonialism angle. But I was wondering if anyone on here had experienced such feelings.
    I dunno. Colonialism is history. It happened. We all know it. Therefore it is fair game in a writer's bag of tricks.
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    I don't know how often non-white people notice this, but in many movies where there is an indigenous/native population being oppressed, it's usually not even a native person who "saves" them. It's usually some white guy who comes into the situation, gets adopted into the community and saves the day.

    Basically, many times as this is portrayed on screen, people of color would like to be the controllers of their own fate. Why does a white man need to save them?

    Here's the article I read about it and I agree. Parallel Universe: Some Detect Subtext of Racism in 'Avatar' It didn't stop me from enjoying the movie. Maybe I'm just more sensitive to such themes. *shrug*
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    Quote Originally Posted by proteanmix View Post
    I don't know how often non-white people notice this, but in many movies where there is an indigenous/native population being oppressed, it's usually not even a native person who "saves" them. It's usually some white guy who comes into the situation, gets adopted into the community and saves the day.
    They do notice it.

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