‘Avatar’ Is Being Urged To Be Avoided Because Of Racist Claims Made Against It!

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Claims of Native American and Indigenous cultural appropriation regarding themes and imagery in James Cameron’s latest blockbuster, Avatar: The Way of Water, have been made.

The sequel to his record-breaking 2009 film, Avatar, debuted at the top of the box office this past weekend. The theme of colonizers conquering native peoples returns in this installment, as it did in the first. The colonizers in Cameron’s story are people like us, who are looking for a new habitable planet because Earth’s resources are dwindling.

The new Avatar movie is being accused, like the first one, of using a mash-up of Indigenous peoples’ histories to justify its predominantly white cast. Aside from Zoe Saldaa (a Black Latina actress) and Cliff Curtis (of Maori descent), the cast is largely white.

Yuè Begay, an influential Native American, and co-chair of Indigenous Pride L.A. is among those who are upset by Cameron’s film.

So, What Is The Point Of “Avatar”?

The recently released “Avatar 2” is the follow-up to the 2009 science fiction adventure film “Avatar.” It’s 2154. Pandora is a habitable moon orbiting a gas giant in the Alpha Centauri star system and serves as the story’s primary location.

So, What Is The Point Of Avatar

The Navi are a blue-skinned, tall, and svelte race with a deep spiritual bond to the world’s lush vegetation. Even their god, Eywa, represents nature in human form. Interplanetary Commerce Administration has granted permanent permission for a powerful organization called the Resources Development Administration to hold a monopoly on Pandora’s resources.

The most important of these is a mineral with the misleading name Unobtanium because it can only be found on Pandora. Back on Earth, unobtanium is used to power RDA’s high-speed rail network. The problem is that enormous Unobtanium reserves are buried beneath the Home Tree, a towering tree whose massive branches serve as a home and a place of worship for the Omaticaya people.

Our hero is paralyzed marine Jake Sully, played by Sam Worthington, who is asked to take his twin brother’s place as an Avatar by the RDA.

The Avatars are people who have had their bodies crafted to look like the Navi. The RDA plans to use the remotely controllable omaticaya to infiltrate the Omaticaya clan and persuade them to abandon the Home Tree. The alternative is a full-scale assault by RDA’s private military forces.

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Is The ‘Avatar’ Series Just A Story, Or Does It Have A Deeper Meaning?

No. It should be clear by now that the ‘Avatar films, and by extension the franchise as a whole, are meant to be a metaphor for the genocide and repression Europeans inflicted on Native Americans and indigenous populations in Australia, New Zealand, and elsewhere.

Is The 'Avatar' Series Just A Story, Or Does It Have A Deeper Meaning

This isn’t even subtle. Many of these groups, like the Navi, believed in Animism and had a deep respect for the natural world. They fight with bows and arrows and decorate themselves with feathers and war paint.

Many indigenous communities around the world honor a deity called Eywa, who they believe is the spiritual force behind all living things.

Cameron has been very forthright in his statements throughout these films. He acknowledged the clumsiness of the story’s metaphor in 2021. In 2012, he told Business Insider that “Avatar is a science fiction retelling of the history of North and South America in the early colonial period.

” The colonial period in the Americas, when European militarists attacked and slaughtered native peoples, was a time of great conflict and bloodshed that was explicitly referenced in Avatar. Comparing Europe to the planet Earth. Navi represents the indigenous people of the United States. We don’t intend for it to be subtle.

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Specifically, What Do The Naysayers Have To Say?

Navajo artist Yuè Begay recently criticized Cameron, and her criticisms of the film’s sequel were particularly insightful. After accusing Cameron of ‘Blueface,’ she urged people to not see ‘The Way of Water. She warned her Twitter followers,

“Do NOT watch Avatar: The Way of Water. Protest this offensive and racist movie alongside indigenous peoples from all over the world. Our cultural traditions were stolen and distorted to appease the savior complex of a few. We can’t have Blueface around any longer. The Lakota have great strength!

She publicly proclaimed, “This is unacceptable! The population of people of color and indigenous peoples is already large enough to play aliens based on us. It was our turn to have our faces and voices broadcast. We are masters at illustrating our pain and anguish, and most of all, our ability to persevere despite it.

My Lakota family is among the most influential in American history. A conflict did arise between them. Indeed, they did succeed. Their ancestors would be pleased to see how well their descendants have done while keeping their culture alive and well.

However, this is not reflected in your movies. But you’ve opted to demonstrate or celebrate colonialism instead. Native Americans as aliens based on white people. To act in such a way is to practice colonialism. This is an example of colonization.

Remedy the situation. Use us! Put our consultants, writers, actors, and directors to work for you. Put an end to your attempts at leadership. Don’t think for a second that you’re in charge of us. A stranger, in other words. A traveler who has come to visit our country and our people. Put on an act.”

Why Is Cameron Subjected To So Much Criticism?

Surely it’s a good thing to have a popular film draw attention to the wrongs committed against indigenous peoples at the hands of Europeans. Right? Yes and no, I suppose. However, everything is far too generalized and one-dimensional. It seems like the film’s central message is that “Both racism and greed have negative consequences.

Why Is Cameron Subjected To So Much Criticism

Don’t venture too far from Mother Nature. Additionally, there are risks associated with using technology that you should be aware of “. And? Yes, we must protect the natural world or perish. The indigenous peoples’ rights certainly should not have been violated. To take their land was wrong. True, but didn’t everyone already know that?

And there’s even worse than that. There’s a good reason why people keep bringing up “white guilt” when discussing “Avatar.” It’s as if Cameron feels guilty about what Europeans did to indigenous people and wants to share that feeling with the world through his multimillion-dollar films.

Jake’s presence was completely unnecessary to the plot. It would not have altered the central plot points of the story if a native Navi had been cast as the protagonist of the rebellion against the humans.

However, a white man was introduced to provide some “perspective,” and he ends up taking command of the fight after only having lived as a Navi for a short period of time. The argument’s detractors call it a “white guilt fantasy.”

Because of the similarities between Navi and Native American cultures, both films have been accused of cultural appropriation. The similarities between the Maori and the Metkayina Clan in ‘The Way of Water’ were even more striking. The Maori are the indigenous Polynesian people of mainland New Zealand.

Conclusion

Other Christian critics wrote that Avatar has “an abhorrent New Age, pagan, anti-capitalist worldview that promotes goddess worship and the destruction of the human race,” and they suggested that Christians see the film as a reminder of Jesus Christ as “the True Avatar.”

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  • Karan Sirari

    I am an author and a public speaker. I was born in India and have travelled to many different countries. I have a masters in public communication from California University and I love to write about famous peoples from different industries.

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