Aang deals with cultural appropriation - (x)
He act like a whinny girl of tumblr. It was a tribute to his culture and he felt offended.
Hell no, this comic is even wrong in this. I’ve never seen a person of a culture be offended by a “costume”. I’ve seen white (and stupid) girl being offended for other “ITS APPROPRIATION ITS BAD YOU EVIL WHITE PEOPLE” while they are…
This comics and the comment are just wrong
"I’ve never seen a person of a culture be offended by a “costume”"
And I mean this in the nicest way possible, dear you need to get out more.
I’m going to go out on a limb here and say you’re probably white, cyborgwolf.
To get a sense of why Aang feels this way, take a trip around Japan and see how they use the English language and “western” culture and religious references. That’s basically what the girls here are doing to Air Nomad culture, and since Aang is the only Air Nomad left, the only one who knows how these things are supposed to work, the meaning behind them etc. etc….
Don’t go far, many natives get pissed when basic white girls wear the ceremonial head dresses.
I get the feeling cyborgwolf would probably understand better if it was their own culture getting this treatment. Hence the directions.
Lemme just tell you a thing about this comic and how it handled cultural appropriation (I’m just going to ignore the ignorant bullshit that tumblr user cyborgwolf just spewed because you guys seem to have had responded plenty well on that front). I, personally think it handled it very well. Aang was super offended at what he felt was an off-hand stylization of his native culture/traditions. Now the girls themselves (as shown in the comics) weren’t trying to offend and later in the comic you see that they use airbending forms (that they’ve mastered) to fight off an enemy army (quite well, actually).
And most importantly, when they realize that they offended Aang, a native airbender, they covered their tattoos.
Aang, by the end of the comic, accepts the apology of the girls and forgives them and they later become his inspiration for the air acolytes (as seen in Legend of Korra). When the air acolytes are formed, they don’t earn airbending tattoos, but they study and live by most air nomad cultures and traditions.
My entire point with this is that, the fact that there was cultural appropriation is not ignored AT ALL and is called out to be offensive, but the girls are not overly punished nor demonized for their overall interest and desire to be part of and study the air nomad culture (an interest that also shows the desire for an endangered culture to not die out, as Aang’s culture faces). They exhibit a love for the culture and adopt it accordingly, but when Aang draws the line, they respect that and adapt to that and end up leading to something of a mix that helps Aang found the Air Acolytes.
I feel a lot of people (tumblr included) could learn a lot from this.