The Awakened critic accuses the new Avatar movie of cultural appropriation – even though the Na’vi are aliens

A Woke movie critic has been derided for accusing Avatar: The Way of Water of “cultural appropriation,” claiming that “white actors” masquerade as people of color.

  • Independent film critic Cathy Woods tweeted her critique of Avatar yesterday
  • She was brutally ridiculed for claiming that “cos” white actors played the role of “Buck”.
  • One reporter joked, “James Cameron didn’t even try to find the Aboriginal Blues.”
  • Avatar: The Way of Water is about a fictional indigenous Na’vi community
  • Furthermore, many of the actors in the central roles are black and some are Māori

An independent film critic has been mercilessly derided for accusing Avatar: The Way of Water of “cultural appropriation,” claiming that director James Cameron only “cosplayed” white actors as “colorful” aliens in the blockbuster hit.

Independent film critic Cathy Woods, who has contributed to Buzzfeed News and The Philadelphia Tribune, made the comments on Twitter.

At some point, we have to talk about Avatar cultural appropriation and white actors playing cos poc. It’s just cluttered and unnecessary and no amount of visual effects/CGI is going to erase that. Bad lace fronts/dry synthetic braids. She said Jesus fixed it.

Cos-play is the act of dressing up to portray a specific character.

Actors Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana in Avatar: The Way of Water, which premiered last week.

Independent film critic Cathya Woods claimed the film was guilty of

Independent film critic Kathia Woods has claimed that the film is guilty of “cultural appropriation” and that white actors played “people of color”, even though their characters are indigenous aliens.

Woods has now made her Twitter account private, but many took her comment as a wake-up too far.

“James Cameron didn’t even try to find blue-skinned people to play these roles,” Free Beacon reporter Andrew Kerr joked.

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

Woods fails to note the fact that not only do the Na’vi being portrayed in the film described as “native blue humans” live on the planet Pandora, some of them are actually played by black actors in the film.

Zoe Saldana is among those stars, along with Maori actor Cliff Curtis, African-American star Laz Alonso, and Billy Bass.

Woods, the independent critic for The Philadelphia Tribune, made her Twitter account private

Woods, the independent critic for The Philadelphia Tribune, made her Twitter account private

Woods immediately quipped that she woke up to the blockbuster

Woods immediately quipped that she woke up to the blockbuster

While her rating may not be taken seriously, Cameron’s blockbuster will depend on other reviews and audience scores.

Cameron has already gone on the record to say he needs to make at least $2 billion to turn a profit.

He hasn’t confirmed exactly how much it cost to make, though Variety estimates it was $350 million – making it one of the most expensive films ever made.

In an interview with GQ, Cameron said the film is “very expensive”.

In order to break even, it would have to become the third or fourth highest-grossing film ever made.

Not helping matters is a more concrete complaint of cultural appropriation that has come from Native American communities.

Director James Cameron (pictured at the Dec. 6 premiere) said the film should become the

Director James Cameron (pictured at the Dec. 6 premiere) said the film should become the “third or fourth highest-grossing of all time.”

Much of it stems from comments Cameron made in 2009, before the first Avatar movie.

He told how he was partly inspired by Native American communities, but in an interview with The Guardian, noted that they did not fight enough against the colonists.

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 into the future…and they could see their children commit suicide in…because they were desperate and it was a dead-end society—which it is now—they would have fought a lot harder, he said.


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