It will be interesting to see where they take this. I think that done well, the show will help address concepts of “bender” privilege in a safe and interesting way that can also translate to critical thinking on male privilege, straight privilege, class privilege, etc. If done poorly, it could be used to reinforce people fighting against oppression as “oppressing themselves.”
I do think there is a cautionary tale in the “oppressed becoming the oppressors”—separate and distinct from the concept of “privilege”—and Amon looks to be definitely “chaotic evil,” but this public speaker guy was on point and just counting on the wrong leader. Korra’s defensive response is very telling.
What they said. ^^^^
by which I mean I WANT TO KNOW MORE
I mean the worldbuilding— the WORLDBUILDING— it’s so amazing but so far it’s only hinting at this much deeper socioeconomic current and I need to know everything right now oh my god
like, first of all, the existence of the Equalists - what are they actually protesting? At first I was watching today’s episode and being like, “this concept of the ‘bending elite’ is bullshit, because if benders are so ‘elite’ then why are Mako and Bolin dirt-poor-working-class being shamelessly exploited by the pro-bending institution, why is Mako working in a factory to make ends meet, how can anyone be elite when they are engaging in GLADIATORIAL COMBAT for a fucking living? and if the benders are so ~elite~ then WHY ARE THEY ALL IN GANGS”
but then I realized— holy shit, this is a world that has INDUSTRIALIZED bending. Mako works in a factory, in a power plant, doing assembly line work— but it’s assembly line work that only a firebender could do. How many other jobs keeping Republic City running are bender-only? How much better do those pay than jobs not specific to benders? Do they at all? Or is the Equalists’ protest simply a frustrated attempt to pin the blame for a deeper-running employment problem on a class that’s really easy to blame?
And, well, benders ARE really easy to blame— I mean, IRL people will tell you “get a college degree because no matter what job you’re looking for, if it comes down to a guy with a degree and a guy without they’ll take the guy with the degree”
Now imagine that a fourth of the population (or whatever, I wish I knew how bender genetics worked) IS BORN WITH A FUCKING COLLEGE DEGREE
and you can start to see the Equalists’ point
BUT it’s not clear yet the extent to which that’s actually a problem, as being the ~bending elite~ doesn’t seem to have helped out Our Heroes much at this point and there’s not a wide enough picture yet of the world or the differences between classes (outside of the existence of bender-specific jobs, the secluded Airbenders, and the Equalists’ general pissiness) to determine whether non-benders are actually facing real economic oppression in comparison to benders
BASICALLY I JUST WANT GRAPHS
GIVE ME A GRAPH OF THE BENDER VS. NON-BENDER LABOR MARKET
GIVE ME PILES OF STATISTICS ON THE FUNCTION OF REPUBLIC CITY’S INDUSTRIAL SECTOR
GIVE ME DATA ON PER CAPITA INCOME FOR BENDERS VS. NON-BENDERS
I WANT TO KNOW
OH GOD I WOULD KILL FOR GRAPHS
As for what the Equalists are protesting, I saw a couple of different possible things (I’m assuming it’s a combination of them)
1. The economics/ college-degree thing talked about above: Mako has two jobs that are bender exclusive. (Also a quick point: Saying “how can there be a bending elite when Our Heroes are benders and poor” is like saying “How can there be a white elite when Our Heroes are poor and white”) (Also about pro-bending: pro-bending is not forced, nor is it exclusively for the entertainment of non-benders, nor is it particularly dangerous; it reminds me way more of MMA than “gladiatorial combat”)
2. THE POLITICAL STRUCTURE OF REPUBLIC CITY WHAT IS IT TELL ME
We know basically 1 thing: Tenzin is on “the Council”. NOWHERE is it implied that the Council is elected. Tenzin only real distinguishing characteristic is his status as Airbending Master/ Avatar’s son… so it’s unlikely that he was elected.
Who else is on the Council? We have *NO* idea. But if Tenzin is on as a representative of the Air Nomads/Nation then… who else? Other bending masters? Representatives of pre-unification political units (a Firelord, Earth King, King of Omashu, etc?). And as the old nations were defined by bending…
We have to ask the question, Are there non-Benders with political power?
3. The police force: We’ve so far seen 2 beat-cops: both are displayed as over-weight and ineffectual (Korra has twice evaded them). But we’ve also seen the chief of police and those who are stationed in the airships: ALL BENDERS. The entire upper echelons of the police force are not only benders, they are benders who can swoop down from the sky and bind you up with their minds. Benders (like Korra) can fight that. Non-benders, not so much. That kind of power differential does not make for a noble and equality-serving force.
4. The forth thing is the converse of something OP mentioned: ALL THE GANGS ARE BENDING BASED. Benders can fight them. Non-benders don’t have a chance. Not only do non-benders not have much of a chance fighting the gangs exhortation and terrorism, they can’t even join. Our Heroes, Mako and Bolin, were able to pick up work with the gangs, earn a little money. Non-bender orphans whose parents were cut down by firebenders wouldn’t even have that.
So yeah. I mean, Mako and Bolin are being exploited by the pro-bending institution, yeah, but they have a place to live (because of bending), have a job (because of bending - both the factory and the pro-bending), and have the ability to join or fight the gangs (because of bending).And frankly, Korra’s behavior (which is not her fault because she was raised in an all-bending, isolated, and *extremely* privileged environment) does not particularly make me want to route against the Equalists.UGH SHOW JUST GIVE ME ALL THE INFORMATION.
For instance, we have gasoline cars, we have things that are steam powered
But you still have firebenders to do electrical welding?
Is it faster or more cost effect -
FOR TOOLS OR SPECIALIZED WORKERS
When you can just get some benders in there
and not pay them enough
because it’s ~natural~
The workers… the workers are being exploited?
New meme… COMEDY AMON
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Because Legend of Korra has been a nerd obsession for a while and because I was very late to the ‘shipping parties of the previous Avatar series, I just wanted to go on record as being all kinds of whatevs about Makorra.
Korra’s got too much swagger for some dude who’s crawled up his own ass about his tragic past. Yes, Mako is absolutely in the right about how hard his life is but it’s hard for Bolin, too and Bolin’s at least having a bit more fun with things.
And, sheltered as Korra is, I have to think that Mako’s intensity and aloofness can’t be much of a turn-on for her. Bolin, by contrast, is down-to-earth, has a noticeable sense of humour and is less aloof as constantly bewildered. He’s an open book and while an enigma may be fun to solve, I keep hoping that Bolin will be the “cute guy” Korra was talking about.
Finished up my Legend of Korra cosplay recently and got some amazing photos taken by Mike Boike ( http://www.facebook.com/CosPog)
There are some small details I am going to go back and fix. And I’m trying to find the funds for blue contacts. But yeah… XD Hope you enjoy!
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That first picture is perfection.
I would rather meet a murderer who broke out of jail with a bloody knife in his hand than an angry Chief Bei Fong in some darkened alleyway.
Reblogging because UGH the architecture/scenery/lighting porn in Korra is the best
A Game of Thrones Style intro for The Lengend of Korra (X)
YES. A THOUSAND TIMES YES.
A MILLION TIMES YES
PERFECTION. COLLIDING FANDOMS.
I JUST ABOUT DIED. OH MY FANDOMS.