It's like being pissed off at 300, because they showed that Spartans wearing Speedos and a cape rather than being heavily armored, or that Xerxes looked more like the actor that played Leonidas and not like a fugitive from Hellsing. 300 is based on a comic book. Prince of Persia is based on a game.
some people were annoyed by the dorky, femme bikini-things the spartans wore in 300.
but, i think it's less about people getting hot over accuracy, and more about people get worked up
over the inherent racism in hollywood. no one expects over-the-top hollywood films to be totally accurate, but
in a country like america, with all its grand ideals, you do expect some diversity and fairness.
people just want to see their race get their chance to be represented in a positive way, because people are
stupid and easily influenced by the media and movies like this. when pearl harbor debuted, there was a crop
of domestic attacks on japanese-americans homes immediately. the same happened with black hawk down.
if an ethnicity is shown as being diverse or even positive as opposed to villainous and simplistic, the
average person tends to treat them as such. people react negatively because most people let tv and films do
their thinking for
them. lack of diversity in the media creates a lack of understanding in society.
vilifying middle easterners in films, just creates negative attitudes in a society where people get most of their
information about life and the world from hollywood films and tv shows.
with avatar, i think, since they're cartoons, people were less upset that the characters weren't cast ALL ASIAN or
whatever, and more disappointed that characters with obviously non-aryan features were all replaced with actors
with blue eyes, blond hair, pale-skinned, etc. no amount of tanning will make them anywhere nearly brown
enough to actually resemble the characters they're portraying and certain characters, like zuko, look especially
asian. it's not that a few characters will be played by ethnic mismatches, ALL the characters are. and by
lesser-known actors who don't even resemble them. not that i care the least about either film. i can totally
understand why so many fans feel put-off and upset about it, though.