Zuleikha December 5, 2014 Share December 5, 2014 Kaya Scodelario was included on a list of actresses who did actually audition for Katniss that was supposedly confirmed by Lionsgate. The link to the confirmation was broken, though, so I don't know how reliable the list was. You're right that additional poking couldn't find anything to suggest that Malese Jow actually auditioned rather than simply fan petitioned. Katniss’ race was ambiguous. She was never definitely identified as POC, no, but she was never definitely identified as white, either. I agree that the casting should have been open to non-white actresses and white actresses equally, but that's different from saying that the casting should only have been open to non-white actresses. Saying Katniss is whitewashed is saying that Katniss could not be white, which I don't think the small description of her does. Personally, I think the fact that District 12 is clearly analogous to Appalachia suggests that Katniss would self-identified as white if she thought of her identity in racial terms. The look Katniss describes is supposed to be the typical look, and contemporary Appalachia is a majority white region. A group like the Melungeons are fairly small and constructed their identity to be white (Portuguese) or white/Native American, even though genetic testing has now confirmed that to be crap. Word of God herself admitted that there had been a lot of racial/ethnic mixing when someone asked her about this issue A direct quote from her is "They were not particularly intended to be biracial. It is a time period where hundreds of years have passed from now. There’s been a lot of ethnic mixing. But I think I describe them as having dark hair, grey eyes, and sort of olive skin. You know, we have hair and makeup. But then there are some characters in the book who are more specifically described." Again, I'm not quoting that to justify Lionsgate's casting call being racially specified. I think that was bullsh*t. It's just specifically to argue against Katniss as an example of whitewashing. Link to comment
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