An oldie, but goodie… We made this silly little video for the Avatar panel at the 2008 San Diego Comic Con. It occurred to me that the only versions out there on YouTube were videotaped from the crowd, so I thought I’d post a clean version here (if one can refer to this as “clean”).
Now, I don’t want to cast aspersions or hurt any feelings, but for some of you I feel the need to explain that this is all a joke.
a thing that someone says to cause amusement or laughter, esp. a story with a funny punchline: she was in a mood to tell jokes.
• a trick played on someone for fun.
Who’s going to San Diego Comic Con this year? It is coming up fast. We’re cooking up a really cool panel that, while not a unique format, is different from anything we’ve offered in the past. Looking forward to seeing you there!
“An oldie, but goodie.”
ha. ha ha. ha ha ha. HA.
I am actually so surprised by how many people thought this was “clever”. It is not clever. In the slightest.
While I think the whole video was leaning towards offensive, I was somewhat used to Bryke making fun of Zutara. So I sort of just watched with a poker face until I heard this line:
“Women who think that Katara and Zuko should be together will forever have doomed relationships.”
Not only is the overall message degrading to the Zutara fanbase, but the fact that “Sokka” says “women” specifically, rather than “anyone” or “men and women”… it’s belittling to all females. Statistics prove that most people watching Avatar are males. So why do they choose the female part of the fandom and target us for being the screw-ups? Yeah, whatever, it’s a joke. A sexist one. There’s a fine line (no, really a large gap) between a funny joke and a mean-spirited one, and Bryke, you crossed that gap.
Also, copying and pasting the dictionary definition of “joke” comes off as pretentious. We all understand that this was made for fun, there needn’t be any justification for it. Either way, it’s all the same as when someone says “I hate your outfit, no offense”. The “no offense” does not get rid of the problem. It just creates an annoyance factor, that someone knew what they said would come off as offensive, but to avoid any conflict, said it wasn’t. That theory is wrong. It’s still offensive and insulting.
verb1. to treat or speak to insolently or with contemptuous rudeness; affront.2. to affect as an affront; offend or demean.
This video wouldn’t get by with at least half of the fandom had it been fan-made. But since it’s created by Bryke, everything is automatically okay? No, it’s not, and I refuse to put Bryke on a godlike level for something so blatantly immature and distasteful.
Reblogging because yes. This video is insulting and stupid and hurtful and shame on Bryke. I’ve never seen any other creator/writer/actor/etc have such a blatant disregard for their fans and how they feel. To this day I don’t see how this video is a “joke”. I don’t see how openly mocking your fans and judging their taste is a “joke” in the slightest.
I concur. Mean? Yes. Childish? Of course. What I really don’t understand is… how does making fun of a significant portion of your fans benefit you, from both a creative and a business standpoint? The people who ship are more than likely your biggest fans. The people most likely to buy/consume your product! You are really shooting yourself in the foot with this kind of “teasing”.
Reblogging for truth commentary
This came up on my dash, so…
There’s a saying: Satire goes up. That thing…didn’t. If you made fun of a sizeable chunk of your fanbase and it backfired, you are not innocent victims of a misunderstood joke. You effed up, and there were consequences.
oh… oh wow.
I… I did not see this again. I just—I’m really, really ashamed at my past-self now for finding this funny.
…h-h-How could two grown men even think of humiliating their fans for not liking their show the right way as good, innocent fun? If I was a Zutarian and I saw the creators of my favorite show making fun of not only my art, but me as a person, that would just DESTROY ME! I would never want to draw again!
Brian, please tell me those fanarts are doctored. Please tell me you and Michael didn’t actually use real fanart draw by fans (who were probably tweens at the time btw) that were obviously passionate about your show, bec̡a͘ư͡se̶ i̻͢f̤̘̯̫̦̺̹ í̟͇̠̠ṱ̹̺͈͔̣̺̣͞ͅ’̻̗͕͔̻s̻̲̠̞̤͎ Ŕ̻͖͓͓̘̺͔̰̯̀̕͠ͅÈ̡̮͇̟̩̦͍A̶̼̖͖̗̯͖̩̬̹̖͙͕͖̠̲͢L͏̛͍̝̣̜͎͙̩̻̗͉̹̫͞
Oh. They did use real fanart, without permission from the artists in most of the cases, so the folk behind the art were insulted and got a lovely surprise exposure as the butt of a “joke” in a very public forum from the people that should be appreciative of their passion for a creation. That was part of the dust up at the time too.
I don’t care if you didn’t like the ship, Bryke’s behavior towards large parts of their fanbase—their supporters, especially as the series wrapped up was reprehensible. That they still treat this as an okay and fun thing that happened is pretty telling of their quality of character and lack of self-reflection.