We note with regret that the Golden Globes decided to give Avatar the award for Best Film. In this era of Obama and progress, we deserve better.
James Cameron said the following last night:
"'Avatar' asks us to see that everything is connected, all human beings to each other, and us to the Earth. And if you have to go four and a half light years to another, made-up planet to appreciate this miracle of the world that we have right here, well, you know what, that's the wonder of cinema right there, that's the magic,"
If only his words were backed up by his film. Cameron's Avatar provides us with a narrow vision of humanity, one without gays, lesbians, bi-sexuals or transgender people. It promotes the idea that intelligent and sentient beings on another world would be heterosexual. It promotes violence. It ignores the possibilities, the realities and the diversity of human society and sexuality.
If James Cameron really believed that all humans and the Earth were "connected" we would not be having this debate or these protests.
Diversity, Health Care and Tolerance are all basic human rights and cannot and should not be denied to us. We will not be silent, we will not sit down and we will not stop. On March 7, 2010, James Cameron will be hearing and seeing what humanity is really like.