alas that i was born to a society of monks!
493: I don’t understand why some fans say Mako’s past shouldn’t be used as an excuse, yet it’s readily used to defend Amon and Tarrlock. Their actions could’ve caused global repercussions and did hurt many people yet they’re so widely forgiven?
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Simple: Despite his background, Mako tends to behave in a remarkably self-entitled manner.
Why the hell is this even an argument, anyway? Amon and Tarrlock’s childhood conceivably was a lush farmland for issues and instilled megalomania. Their actions are not defensible, but they are understandable and can be clearly traced back to their abuse as children. Mako’s issues with being a total douchebag, however, are not so clear cut. Not only is his past not explored even the tiniest bit outside the hastily revealed: ‘our parents were mowed down by a rogue firebender’, there is no obvious connection between becoming a parent figure at a young age and dealing with the death of his parents and his later actions towards Asami and Korra. He doesn’t come off as someone with a traumatic past using his issues to fuel his actions, he just reads like a teenage male douchebag. The comparison isn’t remotely similar thematically, logically, or psychologically, so why does this keep coming up?
Other reasons this argument does not work: Amon and Tarrlock are sympathetic villains whose actions are explained via flashbacks of childhood trauma, but the narrative never paints them as heroes or positive figures. Main characters line up to point out how very, very wrong they are. Mako’s actions are not treated critically, the narrative never ceases to fellate him, and only Asami and occasionally Korra ever call him on his shit.
Point being: the case that people who dislike Mako are making is the clumsy writing of a character meant to be likable and instead comes off insensitive, callous, and a heel. The case that the pro-Tarrlock/pro-Amon people are making is a matter of fan interpretation of character actions/character reception and doesn’t have to do with the way these characters’ stories are told. It is an entirely different critique and is incomparable.
Korra seems a lot like Kuruk, using her powers to win contests.
Praying for Koh to steal Mako’s face.
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I cant breathegsusgisbdkrhsllshs
this is kinda how I thought Asami-Korra interactions would go tbh
because it’s just really fucking good storytelling
This isn’t about animation.
It’s about justice.
I love Kyoshi.
I had some thoughts about Korra and I started writing them down, as I tend to do. It got… really… long. Here’s a DW link if it’s easier for you to read/bookmark/comment on.
Basic worldbuilding should have included answering at least some of these questions! Instead: a mess.
- spending years behind a mask doesn’t change your skin color that drastically
- all of his makeup dissolved in the water, so that wasn’t ultra pale powder
- you don’t need to change your skin color to adopt a new identity
- a dark-skinned character bleaching their skin is in no way comparable to a white person tanning and if you think that’s true you are racist
- coloring errors? ‘oh it was just a mistake on bryke’s part?’
- YEAH A RACIST MISTAKE ON THE PART OF TWO WHITE MEN
- lighting? we’ve seen amon’s hands multiple times and they were ALWAYS lightskinned
the fact that you’re trying so hard to justify the whitewashing of a character says a lot more about you than it does about the PoC offended by this.
Exactly. It’s a legitimate complaint fans have. I don’t understand how anyone could have watched those scenes with Amon as a brown-skinned child, then saw him without the mask as a pale-skinned man and saw nothing wrong with it. What world are you living in? And it’s not just Amon. Katara and Sokka received the same treatment, without explanation. I do get that skin complexions can change over time (not in terms of getting a tan, but something biologically within us) but this is a form of realism that I have a feeling the show was not going for.
Also, in regards to what I’ve bolded, don’t animators have model sheets they use? How hard is it to use the eye-drop thingy? So making him pale was intentional.
And what’s most annoying about this is that I just know Bryke aren’t going to address it.
There are already justifications for it? (My earlier post about it was more questioning how something so obvious could be inconsistent).
It’s a pretty serious sight in a show so positive about other cultures, and people with darker skin.
And that’s what so confusing about it.
This show was all over the place in regards to race, which I thought was disappointing, since AtLA was (as far as I know? but I’m white so take this with salt) pretty good about it.
Book 3: Korra realizes she’s a lesbian and dates Asami
Book 4: Korra realizes she’s into older women and dates Lin
Book 5: Korra dates me
Book 6: Everyone becomes friends. Who kiss.
So… can we talk for a moment about this, fandom?
Sooooooo. Am I the only one who was really really disturbed by this scene? Like, here’s Mako threatening an equalist mook with a FIST FULL OF FIRE, and this guy, he doesn’t have his hood on, he has a face and everything, and he’s scared and has no defenses against this firebender and he doesn’t even have anything to do with what’s bothering this firebender and he’s about to get his face burned off anyway. Like this is EXACTLY what he feared and that’s why he’s an equalist mook in the first place.
This is a clear example of why the equalists exist but a) the show didn’t comment on it in that context at the moment (more on this later) and b) from what I’ve seen, the fandom was too blinded by shipping love/hate to analyze the moment. Unless I’ve completely missed the huge discussion we should be having about it, which is TOTALLY POSSIBLE because I’m ancient by fan standards and actually have a life/husband/kid/work/dog/hobbies/friends that I need to attend to so the blink-and-you-miss-it pace of tumblr is just too much sometimes.
ANYWAY. I just wanted to comment on this scene and how Mako is, let’s be honest, abusing his power here. Imagine if you were a nonbender, and you live in a world where anyone could be a bender and you wouldn’t know it right up until the moment they decide to earthbend you into a wall or bloodbend you or burn you. It’s like that thing some girls are taught, that all men are potential rapists (not talking about the truth or validity of that, just that it is A THING); you live in a world where anyone could be a bender and hurt you in ways that you just can’t prepare for. Knives and guns in the Real World are scary, but no one is born with a knife or a gun in their hand, and EVEN THEN it’s definitely a weapon that can maybe possibly be defended against. What are you going to do if an earthbender decides to open the ground under you and swallow you up? How do you defend against a flamethrower that you can’t see coming? And this usage of power just comes so easily to Mako that he doesn’t even seem to think about it. (And this is NOT character hate, it’s just an example. Sorry Mako, you just kept popping up on my dash; it is worth noting that Korra does this shit, too, especially in the first episodes, like with the Equalist rabble-rouser on the corner with his megaphone.) All the benders in the show seem to do this (except maybe Tenzin because he’s a monk and the airbenders seemed to realize that with their power came the responsibility to not use it against other creatures, as evidenced by Aang’s reluctance to kill and vegetarianism, etc). Piss off the wrong person and you’re subject to demigod powers, not just an angry dude with a knife.
(As an aside, this was one of the things that made Zuko and Iroh so interesting in season two. They couldn’t use their bending in public. They had to hide and it really made for interesting interactions. This is also one of the reasons why Zuko rules so much as a character; yeah, he’s not the greatest firebender in the world, but he learned some serious combat skills to make up for it.)
Back to the point, the scene in question up there just made me sick to my stomach. The guy’s just this guy, you know? Yeah, he’s on the side of the antagonist, but that doesn’t make him evil or bad, and he’s about to get face-melted by an angry teenager and he’s scared and helpless. And fire hurts. Recovering from burns is awful. It ooks me out in ways I can’t explain that the protagonists are shown in this manner. I’m hoping the show, in the next season, goes into this further. There are moments in season one that hint that this might be a possible direction for the series. They aren’t commented on in the context of the show (again, this scene, korra bullying the equalist dude, raiding the equalist training camp and really fucking those people up REALLY BADLY), but if Korra’s bending is taken in the finale, I would be happy to see this angle explored. I’m hoping someone else has better thoughts on this than me, because I’m scattered and need to get back to work, and also I wrote this post while eating white queso nachos and so yeah now i have to clean my keyboard.
So that’s my word-vomit about a children’s cartoon. Thoughts? Gifs? Angry anonymous asks?
Everything I’ve been saying that was wrong with Korra since EPISODE 1 WAS LEAKED.
HOLY SHIT THIS IS PERFECT
I came to tumblr.
I saw a Shang/Iroh crossover.
Can I just HUG YOU!??????? :3
For those Asami/Korra shippers out there
I don’t know what to love more about this, the playful smirk on Asami’s face, the way Korra is blushing which is just adorable or the way she’s cupping Korra’s chin (Which is seriously one of those things that just turns me on SO much) as she’s straddling her
Just going to say I love ALL of this :D
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