In the world of Netflix’s live-action remake of “Avatar: The Last Airbender,” the waters are as turbulent as the show’s namesake element. Fans of the original animated series were dismayed to hear that the new show’s creators are intent on incorporating politically correct messaging. This decision has left many fans feeling like they’re about to bend over backwards in disappointment.
The wave of discontent began when the cast members of the live-action show revealed in an interview with Entertainment Weekly that they were determined to rid Sokka, a character known for delivering comic relief, of his “sexist” tendencies. This unilateral decision has left fans feeling as deflated as a punctured air bison.
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Sokka actor Ian Ousley and Katara actress Kiawentiio, also known mononymously, seemed to think that means “taking out the element of how sexist [Sokka] was”. But the truth is, Sokka’s character growth is as important as his boomerang in the original series. His initial flaws allow him to evolve and change throughout the show, making him more relatable and engaging for the audience.
This move didn’t just waterbend the essence of Sokka’s character; it has also stirred up a whirlpool of criticism among fans of the original series. Many feel that removing Sokka’s “sexism” is not only unnecessary meddling, but it also deprives the character of his essential development arc. It’s like trying to navigate through the Si Wong Desert without a sandbender to guide you.
Even fans who are usually open to some changes are not on board with this politically correct tampering. They argue that Sokka’s initial flaws are crucial to his character, as they reflect the traditions and values of his tribe. By purging these traits, the show risks losing the very essence of Sokka’s journey and growth.
In the end, Netflix’s decision to alter Sokka’s character has left fans feeling as uncomfortable as Toph in a library. Many are concerned that the remake will extinguish the very spirit of the original series, instead of fanning the flames of nostalgia. As the show’s release on Feb. 22 approaches, it’s clear that Netflix’s remake is facing a whirlwind of criticism that not even the Avatar can calm.