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FailBender is turning into the Dune-of-this-generation, RaceBending has a list of the changes between series and movie. Note how scenes that should have involved female characters having some sort of power or actiony involvement in the plot have been either removed or truncated into the equivalent of them tripping on a tree root and spraining their ankle.

Though I have to point out that the racebender community has turned out to have been quite unfair - by all accounts, Shyamalan embraced diversity to the point of hiring both bad AND mediocre actors for the movie, and then proceeded to direct them in such a cack-handed fashion that even the tiny minority of good actors in the movie were unable to shine through the murky post-production effects and bad scriptwriting. Which is really going above and beyond as far as diverse casting decisions go, and thereby invalidates all criticisms of the casting along diversity grounds. /tongue in cheek

Remember of course that Shyamalan defended the casting decision by stating that they hired the best possible actors, who coincidentally happened to all be white. The "good" news is that the casting seems to have been so bad that that defense is equally offensive and insulting to white and non-white actors alike. So I await the inevitable tarring and feathering that'll proceed Shyamalan being run out of Hollywood on a rail held aloft by crowds of insulted child actors.

In less schadenfreudean news, BP or British Agnes Petroleum (to use their sunday name) have begun their next phase of being a Captain Planet villain by setting fire to endangered sea turtles as part of their "clean up" scheme. Note that said clean up scheme isn't very effect, nor does deep ocean frying turtles make it somehow more effective than it would otherwise be.

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