So Maria Howell has been cast as Seeder in Catching Fire and I’m so glad there was no whitewashing, but this makes me side-eye a little bit because remember when Katniss was described as being olive-skinned and everyone said that just meant she had a tan or some shit?
Seeder was described the same way and Katniss said she “looks almost like she could be from the Seam with her olive skin and straight black hair streaked with silver”. Of course Seeder is from District 11, the District that has been presented as being heavily populated by black people. But I mean…doesn’t this mean something?
Doesn’t this denote that Seeder and Katniss are of - or close to - the same coloring?
Is anyone else realizing this?
Is anyone else?
Am I the only one?
I can’t be.
That being said, JLaw is Katniss so there’s no changing that but I think it’s interesting that olive skin means POC for a minor character but when referring to the main character, it means white+makeup.
No, you’re not the only one. Straight up, the production is cool with casting actors of color in these films—as long as they play supporting role PoCs who die to benefit the white protagonists.