(Joshua Paladino, Headline USA) Woke film critic Kathia Woods claimed that white actors playing the blue humanoid creatures in Avatar 2 had culturally appropriated people of color, leading to a backlash on Twitter that caused her to make her account private, as reported by The Blaze.
“At some point we gotta talk about the cultural appropriation of Avatar and white actors are cos playing as poc,” Woods wrote on Twitter. “It’s just a mess and so not necessary & no amount of visual effects/GCI is gonna erase that. Bad Lace fronts/ Dry synthetic braids. Jesus fix it.”
Woods, who writes for the Philadelphia Tribune, included the blue creatures among “people of color,” a term that now apparently includes all creatures, human or otherwise, that do not have white skin.
Twitter user @Or1ginalSandman pointed out that Woods had supported cultural appropriation against white people by celebrating a black remake of Superman, who also happens to be a made-up alien being, but then complained about it against the blue-complexioned Na’vi culture of Pandora in the newly released sequel to James Cameron’s 2009 blockbuster Avatar.
Woods responded by blocking the account.
— S4ndm4n (@Or1ginalSandman) December 19, 2022
Other users noted that the constant focus on racial politics has ruined the ability to tell stories without ideological restrictions and condemnations.
At some point we gotta talk about how wokeness and people like Kathia Woods are ruining the entertainment industry with takes like this. People so bitter they can’t enjoy a fantasy film and it’s message. Americans and their rabid race politics infecting the western world. https://t.co/KHwvuOOlHB
— CAMILLE PAGLIA STAN✨ (@AgingWhiteGay) December 19, 2022
— Ministry of Dude w/ Doctor Til (@theDoctorTil) December 19, 2022
I love this. Avatar is the wokest film franchise. The whole thing is a parable about climate change and “colonialism.” Cameron was out preaching against the dangers of testosterone and advocating for pregnant female soldiers while promoting the film. And theyre still mad. Love it https://t.co/ky0hF0suTj
— Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) December 20, 2022