The Last Airbender might be able to bend air, but he can't fend off the waves of racial criticism thrown at M. Night Shyamalan's latest film. As Eugene outlined earlier this year, it started when the casting notices started to pour in and the lead roles were given to white actors. It continued when Dev Patel was cast, and "any other ethnicity" was listed as an alternative to caucasian in casting calls. Then came the extras casting call, where The Daily Pennsylvanian's Lisa Zhu was on-hand for the event, as hopefuls were told: "If you're Korean, wear a kimono. If you're from Belgium, wear lederhosen."

All the backlash led Shyamalan to comment in March about the ambiguity of anime, as "an intentional mix of all features." But as the film prepares to hit screens this week, he's getting a bit peeved and outspoken about the controversy.
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