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Avatar anyone?

                                                                        Avatar anyone?

How many of you folks have seen Avatar? I watched it over the holidays and was encouraged by its imperialism will not always win the day message. That said, there were unfortunate comments such as Sigourney Weaver stating, "this is not Voudon, this is science."  Anyone who understands the Haitian culture knows Voudon is not about witch doctors. And of course there was the white savior implications that a lot of folks found that troubling.
What I want to know from you is,  did the movies message ring true? Have all these countries throughout the world been destroyed by the dominant culture? If so why do you think that is? How can the neo colonialism, neo liberalism  invaders be stopped? Do you even care? In terms of the white savior at the end, did anyone catch that? The same theme runs in the Matrix. Incidentally how many of you knew the Matrix and Terminator Franchise are being sued by Sophia Stewart, a black woman. Stewart is suing the Wachowski brothers and Warner Brothers for copyright infringement. Strange that James Cameron would make a movie about stealing folks land and he is named in a lawsuit about stealing someones property albeit intellectual.  They are in court right now. It's a fascinating story.  If you think it cannot happen check out Flash of Genius, whereby Ford Motor Company steals an engineers idea.Anyone who thinks ideas are not stolen is living in a fantasy world. I'm not judging folks,  I'm just saying.  That said, in Warner Brother's version of the Matrix,  they make Neo the Savior of all humankind. In Avatar the converted hero learns all the Nav'i culture and secrets in 3 months and saves the day.  I want to know what you think, what you took away. While you are at, tell me what you thought of the Blind Side if you saw it. While I liked it, I was again fatigued by the stereotype black ghetto no-good-shiftless project folks. The heroine was a good person but I tire of these same old plots. How about you? Am I being jaded? How many of you out there think we are due for an Avatar moment in beloved country?   Holla back, OK.

Donna Scott can be reached at escott9614@att.net  or DonnaScott@examinerhouston.com 

 http://wwwthedivineoraclesophia.blogspot.com

Comments

  • White savior? 4 years ago

    The white guy became blue! If anything, this movie was more about religion than race. Much like "God sent his only begotten son" (an outsider) to save the world (humanity) in Christianity, "Eywa", the God of the Na'vi, chose the outsider Jake Sully to save the Na'vi people, the sign being when the seeds of the sacred tree landed on Jake.

    98% of the bad guys in Avatar were white, and 100% of them were corporate.

    If you want to make it about race, then what I saw was a human being falling back in love -- and back IN LINE -- with nature, and then fighting to save it because he realized how important it is.

    That's the message...not a "white savior", and no, I'm not "white."

    I don't need to be to see the point behind what happened. Besides, Jake would have been killed if Neytiri wouldn't have saved him THREE TIMES in this movie: 1) when the dogs attacked him, 2) when he almost fell off the logs that night, and 3) when Quarich was about to cut his throat.

    Blue girl played by

  • White savior? 4 years ago

    Blue girl played by black girl.

  • white savior? 4 years ago

    Four times, if you count the oxygen mask scene.

  • Donna 4 years ago

    Good feedback. There is definately a salvific message. There are folks however that believe strongly this is patronizing, one wrote about how the entire tribe prays for the Sigourney Weavers healing as if that were more important than all the other atrocities they just witnessed. I do not want to throw to the baby with the bathwater. I did like the message on reconnecting to ones spirituality, God, and the perils of imperialism and wanton greed. No matter how powerful you are there is something that is more powerful. One day crooked places would be made straight.

    It is difficult to watch beauty being destroyed for lucre.

  • Joy 4 years ago

    I think Sophia Stewart lost that case against the Matrix films- not sure about Terminator films (the court case is an old story that recently got recycled for some reason). I also heard that Will Smith was offered- and rejected- the role of Neo. cnn.com/2008/LIVING/worklife/10/20/mf.rejected.movies/index.html

  • Donna 4 years ago

    Joy:

    She refiled. The judge dismissed part of the case because she missed a court date. What does Will Smith being offered the job have to do with the Wachowski Brothers and Warner Brothers stealing intellectual property? This happens all the time. At festivals, when you apply for interviews etc. They just got caught because she had copyrighted all the material. The lawyers were going to settle when in a deposition, they inadvertantly admitted things that showed they had stolen her ideas. The FBI also gave her information that helped her case. For my part, when someone steals another's intellectual property who they try to hire for the film means nothing. They should have paid her, but instead they kicked her to the curb. I recall feeling so disappointed when I discovered the court case. When I saw the film I was like Wow, Hollywood is changing, a movie with a lot of blacks in positive leadership roles. But it was not their idea. Defendants in a civil suit prolong to eat money

  • Chris 4 years ago

    She did refile. If you go to that website www.thedivineoraclesophia.com you will see the emails and case filings. She had a corrupt lawyer that got paid off and did not file her copyrighted eivdence. He also told her she did not have to appear. Then the case was dismissed because her lawyer did not enter the copyrighted material proving Cameron, Huld, Warner Brothers and Wachowski willfully hid and stole her material. For Cameron to do Avatar is the biggest hypocrisy. Wonder how he stole that from. I hope she previals with her RICO suit. The judge, her lawyer Cameron adn the rest of the crooks involved in covering it need to be in jail The violence done to her was as bad as the violence Cameron shows in Avatar. uugh. The arrogance to steal her ideas, pay lawyers and judges off. Anyone with a brain can look at Hollywoods treatment of blacks in movies. When have you ever seen them do a movie with blacks running everything,and its legit not criminal activity?

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