The 8Asians Writers Talk About: M. Night Shyamalan & The Last Airbender

Our internal e-mail lists have us discussing all kinds of stuff: Asian American identity, representation in the media, the experiences of activism in an academia setting and its progression as we transition to the working, adult world. And sometimes, we like to sing songs from the 1990’s.

Ernie: M. Night Shyamalan defends the glass ceiling of The Last Airbender.

Moye: Can someone explain to me what the irony is that he’s referring to?

Koji: I think the irony is that he’s a person of color so it’s ironic that he’s getting in trouble for this. That’s what I took at least.

Moye: Ernie said that the irony was over the fact that he has so many minorities in the whole movie overall so that the movie is actually features the most diverse cast ever….?

Koji: Yeah, that too. I think he’s ironic like when it rains on your wedding day.

Moye: Or when you have ten thousand spoons but all you need is a knife?

JozJozJoz: It’s like a free ride when you’ve already paid…

Efren: God–and none of that is real irony!

JozJozJoz: That is exactly the point.

Moye: Efren!! You broke the song email chain!

Ernie: Don’t you think? [YOU SEE WHAT I DID THERE]

JozJozJoz: Who would’ve thought… It figures…

Kevin: I nominate this for best e-mail thread of all time.

Jun: Am I totally uncool if I have no idea who Alanis is?

Ben: Alanis Morrisette. You know, back in the day with her hair on over boobs, singing about “if God was one of us…” Unless there’s another Alanis that I don’t know about.

Moye: Um…Ben. That was Joan Osborne.



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