For those interested in race bending and white washing…

Here is a link to RaceBending.com, the watchdog group that focuses on racialized (mis)representation in mass culture. As referenced, they emerged out of the controversy over the casting of Avatar: The Last Airbender, but continue to monitor and comment on casting in Hollywood films, TV, comic books, etc.

They offer a fairly good discussion of race in the Star Trek movie (as briefly mentioned in class), Star Trek: Into Whiteness. As talented as Cumberbatch is as an actor, the racial politics at play in the larger context are rather glaring.

Even hardcore fans notice, as this humorous critique points out:

Originally posted at billboned.tumblr.com.

For those interested…

I heard some commentary about C-dub’s shirt during the movie, and for those interested, here is a link to Black Lava, an Asian American web store that sells that  shirt and related projects. This site is particularly related to Asian American consumer production and counter-production and is of interest for this class.

And related to the brief lecture earlier (e.g. stereotypes, assumptions, the constructed nature of race and examples of humor used to address and critique):

What kind of Asian are you?

Things Asians Hate: