COLLINS: 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. Source
Can we just talk about the “Panem is supposed to be ethnically mixed but we’re going to use hair and makeup to fake it because we’re so resistant to casting POC” remark? How messed up is that?
Despite the claims that there was ethnic mixing, District 12 in the film was clearly very, very white. They threw in, like, one black person for every 30 white people you saw in the background, and there was nearly always a couple of black people in every Capitol crowd shot so that the filmmakers could be, like, “See?? We’re not racist! We may not trust a POC to be the main character, but we trust them enough to put them in the crowd and cheer.”
And apparently, no brown people exist in Panem, since it was portrayed as very white with some black. But this seems to be Gary Ross’ idea of a multi-racial culture, which is possibly the scariest thing of all.