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Percy Jackson | Controversy with Annabeth actress does not reflect the message of the books

After Percy, Annabeth and Groover actors have been released earlier this month, some fans began to express negative reactions to the choices. Most of the comments were directed at Leah Sava Jeffries, a 12-year-old black actress cast in a character described in the books as white.

Complaints of the exposed remarks said that the cast did not reflect the public’s thinking about how Annabeth, the role that will be played by Leah, should be physically, discarding any other qualification of the young actress. Last week, Rick Riordan, the author of the books, who is also in production for Disney+, responded to the controversy.

Anyone can be a hero“, he said. “If you don’t understand that, if you’re still upset with the cast of this wonderful trio, then it doesn’t matter how many times you’ve read the books. You didn’t learn anything from them.”.

The polemic in question does not have a relevant importance in the original novels, despite the argument used. As the daughter of the Greek goddess of wisdom, Athena, Annabeth has always focused her identity on her own intelligence. She feared that people might believe that superficial things like her gender and blonde hair made her less capable, that is, that they would judge her by her appearance.

So, the reaction of some fans to the casting of Leah Jeffries for the role makes her even more suitable for him. This is because she is going through the same situation of being evaluated for her physical traits before her ability. As Riordan wrote on his blog, the character’s true nature lies in her personality, and if the chosen actress is able to embody what really makes Annabeth who she is, then nothing else matters.

Percy Jackson It still doesn’t have a release date for Disney+.

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