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Um, Is James Cameron’s Avatar Offensive to Transgender Humans?


Have you seen James Cameron’s new bajillion-dollar film Avatar yet? We have not! Probably because today is the film’s official release date, and we were not invited to a screening. But that won’t stop us from weighing in on a grassroots effort to boycott the film because it offends … transgender people.

We’re still trying to figure out how the movie is demeaning to transgender folks. Or people who believe in evolution. Or something. But take it away, Internet conspiracy theorists! According to Stop Avatar Movie:

Why stop the Avatar movie?

In short, Avatar has hetrosexual themes, that’s why. Not that hetrosexual themes are anything new in American films but when you consider the context in which the Avatar story is set, the message of this film is highly irresponsible.

Here’s a summary of what is wrong with the Avatar film:

1) Avatar assumes that the hetrosexual, “male” and “female” attraction will still be the primary relationship basis in the future.

2) Avatar ignores the fact of Evolution. Humans are evolving to be being Transgender, NOT hetrosexual.

3) Avatar also assumes that intelligent beings on other worlds would be hetrosexual.

In addition, the film uses militaristic themes and promotes violence as a means of story-telling and social context.

Are we the only ones who believe that, even by 2154, the year the movie is set, heterosexuality will still be the norm among humans? And that there will be more “strict” biologically male and female humans than transgender humans? And that, uh, nobody freakin’ knows what sort of life forms exist beyond our solar system.

And that, uh, THIS IS A MOVIE?

On Friday, there will be a small protest effort, which the website promises “thousands” of people will be taking part in. You know, because of all the ridiculous gender norms Cameron employs:

One has to wonder about the thought process involved in the making of Avatar. Who decided that the Jake Sully character in Avatar had be “hetrosexual” or “straight”? And why have him engaged in a hetro-type relation with someone from another world? Was there anyone who pointed out that this film was taking place in the FUTURE and it would be more likely, given current evolutionary trends that Jake would be gay, bi or transgender?

The film also makes a gross assumption that the old hetrosexual ways on Earth would somehow be occurring with another race of being on a totally different world with its own unique culture.

But the bigger point this whole protest misses? There is a human being having a sexual relationship with a space alien! Isn’t that a better reason to get upset? ‘Cause, like, ews-ville.