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you know what? i’m gonna say it. atla was a huge part of my childhood. it was definitely a step forward in regards to cartoons.

but the racial insensitivity is staggering. and i wanna talk about the amount of exploiting there is of south asian culture specifically. i’m south asian, indian specifically, and i grew up watching this show that was supposed to be “different” and “inspiring” for people of colour.

except there were little to no characters with dark skin who had importance and were explicitly made out to be south asian. that was fine. i was used to not seeing characters on television who looked like i did. except this show used my culture. they used my culture and they couldn’t even bother putting in good characters who looked like they remotely belonged to that culture, even if they were minor and not part of the gaang.

first of all, the show has a lot of influence from Hinduism—the word avatar (avatāra) itself means “descent” in Sanskrit, referring to the incarnation of a deity in human form. where did Hinduism originate?

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indus valley, or what we now call pakistan, a south asian country. the entire concept of chi or prana, as it is referred to as in Hinduism, is a reoccurring theme in atla; your vital energy, your spiritual energy. this is another one of the religion’s influences on the show.

atla also talks about the seven chakras. this is another concept from Hinduism, and in the religion, they must always be unblocked for your prana (the term from Hinduism) or chi (the Chinese term which is used the show) to flow smoothly. chi is your life energy.

so. guess who helps aang out with his chakras?

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right. this guy. the only blatantly south asian character we’ve gotten so far, and you wanna know why it’s so blatant? because he’s literally an indian stereotype. he’s the only obviously south asian character so far in the show and he’s a racist portrayal of enlightened practitioners of Hinduism. great.

oh, and before i forget—

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do their foreheads look familiar? oh yeah, that’s because it’s literally copied off of this:

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this is Shiva, the Hindu god of destruction. they used a religious symbol in Hinduism to make a couple characters look cool. well, combustion man and p’li both have these third eyes, so we can assume they are at least south asian coded—but what are their characters like?

villains. unhinged. insane. we don’t even know combustion man’s name—we just know he’s a contract killer who would murder a child for the right price. p’li wants to dismantle all forms of government and let the world reign free in chaos, and finally she is given a horribly grotesque death: she gets her head blown off.

for all of the culture references that are important pieces of this show, you’d think there’d be an area that has south asian people. there isn’t one. i’m not going to speak about the other loads of racism in atla because i don’t belong to those cultures, but here’s my two cents.

this show was written by white men who did the bare minimum. it’s nothing worth praising.

as an indian, i’d also like to elaborate here. the ATLA creators were inspired by lots of different Asian cultures, and them taking concepts from hinduism is not inherently bad. i would have been happy if they’d used the same concepts* if they had bothered to actually put indian/south asian representation in their show. like, you don’t get to cherry pick from my culture while also creating racist stereotypes for cheap laughs. 

*and combustion man is gross, appropriative and racist no matter how you swing it lol. shiva may be the “god of destruction” but he is not meant to be evil/an assassin - he destroys the bad parts of the world. it’s literally bare minimum research. and this is not a forgotten god, he is a religious figure who is actively worshipped. white men do not get to bastardize him for fun. 

look, ATLA is a product of its time. it does many good things. but we can’t just sit here and pretend it’s the “gold standard for representation in cartoons” when it’s just,,,,not.

sorry for hijacking your post OP but i have so many feelings about this

19 hours ago

you know what? i’m gonna say it. atla was a huge part of my childhood. it was definitely a step forward in regards to...

another compilation of links from black trans women in need of help. if you have any links please don't hesitate to add them <3

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19 hours ago

Adopted Trans Woman seeking safety & medical help organized by Maleah Hopé-Ellis

19 hours ago

hey dotz that aang fanart made by butch hartman? absolutely hated it. burned my retinas off with that godawful saturation

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another ghibli redraw :]

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another ghibli redraw :]

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katara!! 🌊🌊🧡

I'm still new to these dynamic poses :') sorry if it's a bit off

please do not repost! ⚠️

reblogs are welcome 🧡

1 day ago

katara!! 🌊🌊🧡 I'm still new to these dynamic poses :') sorry if it's a bit off please do not repost! ⚠️ reblogs are welcome 🧡

1 day ago

Seeing that bitch fartman art gave me an aneurysm what is going o n

aside from literally everything else about this picture, aang looks so familiar in butch’s art but i can’t place it and it’s eating me up inside

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aside from literally everything else about this picture, aang looks so familiar in butch's art but i can't place it and it's...

I think Self Shippers need to kick it up a notch and have Fictional Enemies, make a self insert whose life goal is to beat the shit out of a canon character

1 day ago

I think Self Shippers need to kick it up a notch and have Fictional Enemies, make a self insert whose life goal is to beat the...

good morning God has let me live another day and I’m about to make it everybody’s problem

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good morning God has let me live another day and I’m about to make it everybody’s problem

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another ghibli redraw :]

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another ghibli redraw :]

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Wayyyy back in 2017, one of the very first things I did on Kipo was some rough and quick concepts for the clothes that Kipo...
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2 days ago

Wayyyy back in 2017, one of the very first things I did on Kipo was some rough and quick concepts for the clothes that Kipo...

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Zuko hugging his friends in the comics has me weak at the knees.  * Zuko & Aang in “Smoke and Shadow: Part One” * Zuko & Sokka...
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Zuko hugging his friends in the comics has me weak at the knees. * Zuko & Aang in “Smoke and Shadow: Part One” * Zuko & Sokka...

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Help out these organizations if you can <3  Put all the money you would have spent on drinks & tickets for Pride parties towards...
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2 days ago

Help out these organizations if you can <3  Put all the money you would have spent on drinks & tickets for Pride parties towards...

It’s been ten years and I can’t stop thinking about how zuko for at least a week looked like this

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3 days ago

It’s been ten years and I can’t stop thinking about how zuko for at least a week looked like this

love is real but im evil now

3 days ago

love is real but im evil now

a lot of bad bitches are following me... thank u for ur service

4 days ago

a lot of bad bitches are following me... thank u for ur service

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Been really wanting to make one of those cheesy atla group photos
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4 days ago

Been really wanting to make one of those cheesy atla group photos

ok i’m pretty sure those were all the suggestions sent in, thanks again guys :)

4 days ago

ok i’m pretty sure those were all the suggestions sent in, thanks again guys :)

4 days ago

Sokka giving Zuko a hug? (i am a simple man with simple tastes)

4 days ago

zukka clothing switch :D

4 days ago

modern zuko??

4 days ago

Zuko and a turtleduck!

4 days ago

Doodle rec for trans Danny phantom in a binder or similar? 👌

4 days ago

for science...zuko with sokkas hairstyle???

4 days ago

Danny in a crop top maybe drinking a smoothie

4 days ago

Zuko with wings

4 days ago

Request zuko with a nice skirt (I'm making a skirt rn that's whats on my mind lol)

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and remember your breath of fire, zuko! it could save your life out there!

4 days ago

and remember your breath of fire, zuko! it could save your life out there!

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tried some new brushes out today… not sure how i feel abt the result but i just wanted an excuse to draw percy and the trans...

4 days ago

tried some new brushes out today… not sure how i feel abt the result but i just wanted an excuse to draw percy and the trans...

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“I won’t let them take you away from me Aang”   Monk dad and his Avatar son :( thinking of them…

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“I won’t let them take you away from me Aang” Monk dad and his Avatar son :( thinking of them…

sorry had to unffollowcause of your gay ass posts

5 days ago

sorry had to unffollowcause of your gay ass posts

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and remember your breath of fire, zuko! it could save your life out there!

5 days ago

and remember your breath of fire, zuko! it could save your life out there!

I'm obsessed with this tiktok. He went so hard.

5 days ago

I'm obsessed with this tiktok. He went so hard.

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a charming photo of young john mulaney, seemingly celebrating the kennedy assasination 

5 days ago

a charming photo of young john mulaney, seemingly celebrating the kennedy assasination 

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these boys are dumb
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6 days ago

these boys are dumb