Woke film critic is mocked for accusing Avatar: The Way of Water of ‘cultural appropriation’


Film critic Kathia Woods has offered what many called an “offensive” and “racist” take on Twitter Sunday night by claiming that the “Avatar” film series is an example of “cultural appropriation.”

For this reason, she has been mercilessly mocked for accusing Avatar: The Way of Water of ‘cultural appropriation’, claiming director James Cameron only cast white actors to ‘cos play’ as aliens ‘of color’ in the blockbuster hit

“Avatar: The Way of Water,” the long-awaited sequel to James Cameron’s 2009 film “Avatar,” officially hit theaters on Friday after several delays and nearly five years of production.

Woods, a freelance critic for The Philadelphia Tribune, has now made her Twitter account private

Since “Avatar” is the highest-grossing film of all time with more than $2.8 billion in global ticket sales, anticipation was high for what the sequel could bring.

However, Woods appear to go too far with his criticism more than what other critics could say.

Fans attend a premiere for the film “Avatar: The Way of Water,” at Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, Dec. 12, 2022, and director James Cameron arrives at the world premiere of “Avatar: The Way of Water” in London, Dec. 6, 2022.

While he feels less excited with the film, he said the film is an example of “cultural appropriation” with White actors portraying the fictional alien race the Na’vi.

‘Avatar: The Way of Water’ came out on Dec. 16, 2022.

‘At some point we gotta talk about the cultural appropriation of Avatar and white actors are cos playing as poc. It’s just a mess and so not necessary & no amount of visual effects/CGI is gonna erase that. Bad Lace fronts/Dry synthetic braids. Jesus fix it,’ Woods tweeted.

After several backlashes from social media users attacking the tweet shortly afterwards for claiming that playing alien characters is somehow “appropriation,” Woods made her Twitter account private.

‘James Cameron didn’t even try to find native blue people to play these roles smh,’ Washington Free Beacon investigative reporter Andrew Kerr tweeted.

European Conservative contributor Alberto Miguel Fernandez, “Assume this is a parody account. James Cameron is ‘culturally appropriating’ because he didn’t hire any blue people? And even worse when you learn that the original script for #Avatar was written by the decidedly non-blue Cameron.”

‘No, no we don’t have to talk about it,’ The Federalist writer Anna James Ziegler wrote.

Libertarian writer Hannah Cox tweeted, ‘When you’re so woke you start grouping made up aliens in with actual people of color. Like this is so offensive, what the heck.’

‘Only nine-foot tall blue aliens can play nine-foot tall blue aliens in movies, apparently,’ radio host Dan O’Donnell joked.

Contrary to Woods’ scathing attack to “Avatar: The Way of Water” for having “White actors” portraying “people of color” characters, the film actually features several non-White characters playing the alien characters including Emmy-nominated actress CCH Pounder and Zoe Saldaña, who reprises her role as “Neytiri” in the sequel.

While Woods limited replies to her tweets, she eventually responded to backlash from her opinion, claiming that “some people on the right” were the only ones angry.

‘Apparently I made some people on the right mad with my Avatar tweet to the point someone email me. Thank you,’ Woods wrote on Monday.

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