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When the Na’vi go activist.

When the Na’vi go activist. (photo)

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The Telegraph reports that a group of Palestinians dressed as the Na’vi to protest against Israel’s separation barrier. It wasn’t meant as a joke — they apparently seriously think this is the best way to draw some attention. And they’re right.

For truly unlikely activism, you have to turn to the good folks of Participant Media, who produce movies that often seem like straight-up entertainment but are actually trying to Change Your Mind and make you more progressive. (Or, alternately, to help you congratulate yourself for your enlightenment.) Movies like “Good Night, And Good Luck,” “The Soloist,” “Charlie Wilson’s War” and more straightforwardly didactic fare like “Food, Inc.” have been made with their assistance.

02122010_furry.jpgBut then, last week I caught the trailer for “Furry Vengeance,” a children’s movie in which Brendan Fraser plays a soulless developer who wants to tear down a forest and build a mall, at which point the local CGI-enabled animals start hijacking his car and shit-dive-bombing the ribbon-cutting ceremony and so forth. And at the end of this “Garfield”-esque hot mess? An invitation to activism.

Activism can take the mold of the most debased pop-cultural retardation (Participant has a hand in “The Crazies” as well, which is definitely pushing it), something I’m very mixed about. I don’t have the energy or conscience for hardcore activism, but I’m glad others do and support all those progressive causes — I’m just wondering if recruiting people to think about things via the most plainly stupid material, be it Brendan Fraser or blue people, is good for getting things done. Assuming it works, it fills out the ranks with raw numbers, sure, but it’s hard not to imagine it’ll give you folks who have convictions without good reasons.

But I’ll admit — dressing up as Na’vi is a hell of a way to get people’s attention, one way or another.

[Photos: “Avatar,” 20th Century Fox, 2009; “Furry Vengeance,” Summit Entertainment, 2010]

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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