February 22nd Netflix will launch the long-awaited live-action series Avatar: The Last Airbender. But even before her debut, a change in the interpretation of the character Sokka divided fans.
In an interview for Weekly entertainmentActor Ian Ousley addressed the difference between his portrayal of the character Sokka in the live-action series versus the animated version that won the hearts of fans.
According to Ousley, the team chose to remove Sokka’s sexist attitude. “I feel like we’ve eliminated the sexist element as well [Sokka] era. I think there were a lot of moments in the original series that were iffy“, he said.
The importance of sexism in Sokka’s evolution
The decision to remove the character’s sexist trait divided fans, and there were many complaints on social media (via Loopers).
Many people have argued that Sokka’s sexism is overcome throughout the story, becoming essential to his development arc. For these fans, the change will limit character complexity and plot progression.
The discussion also included a reflection on the ability of writers to address a character’s flaws to teach lessons to viewers.
Some fans mention episodes from the original series where Sokka faces his sexist beliefs and learns from his failures.
Removing this trait from the character could impact the depth of his evolution and the impact of the lessons conveyed by the series.
Reflection on how to deal with character flaws
The importance of characters like Katara also comes into play in this discussion.
In the first episode of The Legend of Aangaccuses Sokka of sexism, showing viewers that they don’t have to agree with the character’s opinions.
This relationship between the two characters is considered essential for a better understanding and deconstruction of gender stereotypes.
Fans’ concern is that removing this aspect of the character could reduce his complexity and harm his development arc.
Sokka is known not only for his sense of humor, but also for his flaws and his ability to learn and grow over the course of the series.