Marvel Addresses Runaways Racebending Issue
Racebenders have been outraged at Marvel (Ruanways), and recently Paramount ("The Last Airbender"), due to their not casting Asian-Americans in the original roles. Marvel Responds:
Earlier this year Racebenders was outraged at "The Last Airbender" for casting white leads as Aang, Sokka, and Katara in place of the obviously Asian lead roles.
Now they are mad at Marvel at the recent casting news of Nico Minoru for "The Runaways." Nico is an Asian-American teen. She learns she is a witch after seeing her parents along with others sacrifice a young girl at their annual get-together.
Marvel didn't specify caucasian, but they also didn't specify Asian in the casting papers of Nico Minoru. So this could be taken as an insult or merely a mistake on Marvel's part. They have responded to the outrage with a statement:
To address your concern over casting for the role of Nico, as we do with all of our films, we intend to stay true to the legacy and story of the comic when casting these parts. Thus, our goal is to cast an Asian American actress as depicted in the comic series and the casting notice will be adjusted accordingly.
The Racebending community is greatly pleased that the updated casting sheets specify Asian-American Actress.
What do you guys think of the outrage? Silly or a serious issue?
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