the ridiculous treatment of women in LoK’s narrative has gotten to the point where I think about amazing shows that treated their female characters so damn well but were for some reason or another canceled, and I almost break down crying because I’m. so. angry.
All of this. BLESS.
There is not a single point there that I did not find myself agreeing with.
This series has been beautiful so far, but wow, for something as progressive previously as “Boys didn’t care that she was a girl, they just said she was awesome” it sure has backslid.
I’m going to continue watching it, because there are some really gorgeous and interesting concepts that I would like to see fleshed out, but thus far this new season has really soured on me fast.
Finally, some criticism that isn’t “KORRA ISN’T PERFECT LIKE AANG! WHAT ABOUT AANG!” But I do agree on these points. I really hate the Bolin/Eska relationship too. It’s not funny, it’s abusive. If you can’t see it, switch the genders. It’s creepy.
lbr you don’t even have to switch the genders at this point, it’s someone who’s so afraid of their significant other that they are forced to hide, then run away from them. It’s not funny, even though the narrative is trying to frame it as such.
I think, though, what people are really saying when they compare Aang and Korra like that, is that Aang was fleshed out and had a legit backstory to him. There was a weight to what he did and the things he said. That’s why he felt REAL. He wasn’t a perfect PERSON, but he was a good, solid character who was written well. Korra, on the other hand, barely has any of those things, and the few things we DO know about her feel either forced or don’t seem to matter in the long run. Korra doesn’t feel like she has any experiences that shaped her into who she is. She doesn’t seem to have any significant life events that affected her. We’re on ep 17 overall, right? In ATLA at this point, we had gotten some VERY fleshed out backstories from not only Aang (especially in The Storm), but from Sokka, Katara, Zuko, and even Zhao. We knew who they were, we were given a sense of where they came from (that they had been living their lives and experiencing things long before the show started), and we were even given the reasons straight out. And yet before we were told these reasons, we could feel they were there. It was just a matter of peeling back the layers of the character. Right now, Korra’s DAD has more of a backstory and history than she does, but it just feels…unnecessary? Like, we only have 14 episodes to get through this arc, should we really be focusing on
morepolitical corruption between brothers and tribes instead of exploring Korra’s character and clearly moving her towards gaining spiritual awareness? Yeah, cool, you guys came up with some new stupid shitty hilariousdi..ffer..ent characters, yay, good job, but in the long run, are they REALLY necessary for KORRA’S legend and story? Korra’s practically alone most of the time, her (supposed) closest friends are off doing other shit or barely existing (Asami, why are they treating you like this??!?!? T_T) while Aang’s friends were always there for him and contributed so much to him and the story, even while having their own arcs and developments.
my heart still beats for borra I can’t deny it
and I took too long cleaning this up sorry about that
I was asked to make this a rebloggable! UvU
Thank you! Ohman, this is EXACTLY how I felt about the whoooollleeeeeee Korra issue~
"WHAT HAVE I JUST AGREED TO???"
A beautiful scene of Korra fighting the metal bending police with Republic City in the background. While Korra seems to be having a good time, I can’t say the same for the guy holding on to her…
What looks like some early drawings of Korra. It’s interesting to see how her character design developed.
A nice sketch of Korra water bending and fire bending at the same time, which is pretty cool. Also those are some pretty funny Korra faces. I love the one in the bottom right.
Here we see some of Korra’s outfits and drawings of cute baby Korra. “I’m the Avatar and you gotta deal with it!”
This shows some intersting shots of what looks to be the slums of Republic City, where I assume Mako and Bolin grew up. Also some cool early early character designs for the brothers.
Here get see the finished designs for Mako and Bolin. Mako looks as broody and angsty as usual while Bolin looks as sexy as usual.
Some hilarious Bolin faces with a few Mako drawings as well. Bolin really has the best expressions.
Put them together.
I’d like something with Tahno, the Wolfbats, Asami, Korra, or any combination of the above. It can be fluffy or angsty or funny, I have no preference!
Message from your Santa, emirra:Happy New Year and Merry Belated-Christmas quillery! I’ve decided to draw Korra and Asami getting ready for a New Year’s festival. I hope you like it and enjoy the rest of your holidays!
I don’t like Korra because she’s brown.
Or, at least, that’s what some people want me to say. Well, I’ll come clean and say that I actually have an issue with Korra, part of it due to the fact that she is brown. Let’s take it one step at a time, though.
The race card has been drawn and abused before by this divided fandom. Following the devastatingly awful season finale of the Legend of Korra, petulant fans of Korra claimed that Asami fans were racist for liking a paler (note: not white) character. Of course, this was back when Asami-hate was still rampant, so attacks on both Asami and her fans was a bit more commonplace back then. Since then, that particular race argument had been long since gutted and discarded.
It’s only recently that a new one—just as gross and accusatory as the last—emerges from the crevices of the LOK fandom. Some Korra fans have already claimed that, because Korra is a “strong” brown female character, she is automatically the role model of people of colour everywhere. In an effort to offhandedly dismiss her critics, they have hidden behind a weak race argument, citing their “brown cousins’” love for Korra as proof of her impact on the POC community. I dare not go into how problematic that is or else this essay will become longer than it should.
Needless to say, that argument is entirely weightless. I am acutely aware of the lack of strong female characters in mainstream media, let alone those of colour, but that doesn’t mean that I’ll blindly worship the first brown female character to present herself. Well, then again, that’s a lie.
When I first heard of Korra, all I did was worship her. I remember this picture very well because this was the first glimpse at Korra I, and many other Avatar fans, got about two years ago. The pure elation I’d felt by just seeing her back was enough to drive my family mad as I prattled on and on excitedly about Korra. Not only was Avatar going to pick up again after its disastrous movie adaptation was aired, but it was going to feature a woman of colour.
From that point on, I had consumed anything Korra-related, from small news on Bryke’s progress to full-length trailers showing off the gorgeous animation. And when I first saw the pilot I’d nearly been moved to tears with glee. Finally, someone who looked more like me would be on television.
The first few episodes were good. But then, things began to go wrong. If you follow me, I’m pretty sure you guys know exactly what those things were.
In short, Korra disappointed me. What could have been a strong brown female protagonist failed to deliver in a multitude of ways. She is not a good character and, therefore, she is not a good character of colour. She slut-shames, she has things handed to her, and, most importantly, she blindly crushes a movement of an oppressed people, namely non-benders.
Korra, a brown girl, a role model to all “brown cousins” out there, is a fucking bully. Mind you, not just any bully, but the kind that can get away with wrecking roads and physically harassing people in broad daylight.
She’s the kind of bully that uses her status to get what she wants when she wants and this show rewards her with a cute boyfriend that likes to threaten to burn the shit out of powerless people.
WHOA, but, wait a minute, I have to like her! I’m a person of colour. Korra is a person of colour. According to the logic of some of Korra’s fans, she should “mean a lot” to me because she kind of resembles me.
To be very honest, Korra doesn’t relate to me in the least. Actually, any person of colour would be lying if they said that they related to Korra on a level that wasn’t purely physical. Korra may be brown, but she sure as hell isn’t one of us. We can’t be bailed out of police custody by a government official. We can’t barge into political meetings demanding that people listen to us and expect to be heard. We can’t do a lot of what Korra does in this show because she is as privileged as our real-life oppressors.
In fact, Korra is the very personification of the forces that work against us in our respective societies. She is “the Man”. She is the privileged brat who forcefully silences the working-class just so she can live in comfort. She is the antagonizer who will victim-blame when informed about unequal power distribution, all the while washing her hands of the matter. She won’t ever have to feel inadequate in her own skin nor will she ever know what it’s like to have her problems go completely unattended. Her privilege as the Avatar—and now, apparently, as the niece of Northern Water Tribe royalty—will never allow it. How in the world are people of colour supposed to relate to a character like this, let alone refer to her as a role model?
There is something truly insincere and slimy about the Korra fans who imply that people of colour should blindly look up to Korra based on the colour of her skin. More likely than not, these people who so comfortably take refuge behind the “you’re just racist” argument don’t give two shits about people of colour. If they’re going to tokenise their own cousins and go off on a tangent about how Mako liked Korra because she “deviated from the norm”, then there is something clearly amiss here. These people don’t know racism. They don’t know what they’re talking about. And they don’t care, either.
So, to wrap this up, I don’t dislike Korra because she’s brown. I dislike her because she’s brown and is granted privileges that are far beyond the reach of regular people of colour while simultaneously embodying the pressures that keep these same people from obtaining equal opportunities and rights. And, from what I’ve been hearing, I don’t think that’s going to be improved upon any time soon.
Bolin, for mattpichette! Thanks for helping!
There are a lot of things I really liked about Bolin. One of the big things is that he doesn’t seem to care about what is “manly” or “girly”. He just is who he is. Sure he loves sports and is obviously athletic, but he’s also very intune with his emotions and is open and honest about them. He cries, he is open about his affection, if he is bothered by something he makes it pretty clear.
Another thing I really like is how he’s grateful towards Korra for her part in rescuing him from Amon. He thanked her, presented her with a gift and admitted how scared he was of Amon. All this as opposed to characters and guys who’d feel emasculated being helped by a girl.
Bolin is also pretty open minded about what he enjoys and doesn’t get hung up on whether it is “girly” or “manly” and simply cares about whether he’ll enjoy it. He’s open to make overs and being pampered, but he also enjoys pro-sports and training.
Finally, after the end of episode 5 when it was clear to Bolin that Korra wasn’t interested in him romantically, he immediately stops pursuing her romantically and respects her decision and feelings about the issue.
Compare this with Mako who is the standard, brooding, emotionally stunted, masculine, white-knighting male love interest and Korra who outright eschews and looks down upon things she finds “girly” and “prissy”.
have some colored ones!