I see so many of you bitching about the cast of The Hunger Games, not because they don’t fit the characters, but because there are not enough POC in it for you.
Sigh. I can already tell how shitty this rant is going to be.
Let me ask you something, when you were reading the novels, how many of you actually pictured characters OTHER than the district 11 tributes as POC? Because with the exception of Rue, Thresh, and Cinna in the first novel, & The other people in/from District 11, I imagined them all as white…possibly Asian.
Well, thanks for informing us from the start that you consider characters to be white until they’re mentioned as PoC. That will make things much easier! Fellow white person, you are benefiting from white privilege. This allows you to go blissfully unaware of the fact that characters who aren’t described explicitly as PoC might actually not be white. This allows you to ignore the many races of people in America, and sum up race demographics in Panem as there being Black people in District 11, and maybe, possibly Asian people somewhere else. That’s not only problematic, it’s just incorrect. A quick look into race demographicss in North America (and yes, Panem is ALL of North America!) will show that Panem should be approximately 50% people of color. This includes Black people, Latin@ people, Asian people, Native American people, Middle Eastern people, etc. You are blatantly ignoring the racial demographics of North America so you can keep your racist idea of Panem. That’s wrong.
Because MOST of them were actually described that way. That doesn’t make me racist. I would have had no issues if there WERE more POC in the cast. I’m not one of those people who threw a fit when Rue was cast as an African American girl, because that was how I imagined her to begin with. But most of the characters came off as white to me. Also let’s think about the fact that Suzanne Collins actively participated in the casting of the movie. If she had meant one of the characters to be POC, don’t you think she would have stepped in and done something about it?
Uh, no, they weren’t described as white. Apart from Peeta, Katniss’ mom, and the rest of the Merchant class, and Glimmer NO ONE in the Hunger Games is described as white. Yes, that’s right, no one. So yes, you imagining everyone else as white (despite race demographics that show otherwise) is racist. There’s really no getting around that fact. When we benefit from white privilege, it’s easy for us to ignore things we might be doing that could be racist. I hope you will realize that just because you (or any other white person, including me) says that they’re not doing something racist - doesn’t make it so.
And no, no I don’t think she would have stepped in and done something about it. Authors often get pressured to accept things they might not agree with.
What’s even more frustrating is people talking about how they think Katniss, Gale, or Peeta should have been POC. Guys. Katniss and Gale are both described as olive skinned, with blue/gray eyes and dark hair. OLIVE SKIN DOES NOT MEAN BLACK OR MULATTO. The people who are most often described as Olive skinned are Italians and Greeks. I should know, my family is Italian. It’s naturally LIGHT brown with a hint of yellow sometimes. But the problem with that is Italians typically have dark eyes. Not to mention the fact that Peeta has blonde hair and was supposed to have blue eyes. Aside from Josh’s brown eyes, all 3 characters are exactly as described in the book.
Sigh, you’re showing more and more of your racist self as this goes on. No one is saying that Peeta is a PoC. Katniss and Gale are not only olive skinned (and they have GREY eyes, not blue), but they also experience racism based on the color of their skin. There is a racial dynamic in the Hunger Games, and it’s not our fault you didn’t catch it.
Olive-skinned is actually used more often for people of color than it is for Italian people. I am also part-Italian, but I recognize that the term “olive-skinned” is often applied to people of color.
“It’s naturally LIGHT brown with a hint of yellow sometimes” > Now you’re just being outright racist. Olive-skinned is definitely not exclusively reserved for light-skinned people.
Also, mulatto is often considered an offensive term: http://parlourmagazine.com/2010/09/mulatto-racial-slur-or-socially-exceptable/
The only person I have seen so far in casting that I don’t agree with is Sam Claflin, and that is because I don’t find him nearly attractive enough for Finnick.
Seriously people. Stop fucking whining. Don’t agree with the cast? Don’t watch the fucking movie then. I don’t see any people of color in TMI at all and yet, THAT fandom isn’t throwing a bitchfit about it.
No. No we won’t stop “whining.”