As the release date gets closer, we’re being flooded with releases of trailers and promos and posters of Catching Fire! Yes. Very exciting. We get pictures of so many of the tributes! Katniss, Peeta, Finnick, Johanna, Beetee, Wiress, Mags! Oh wait, there’s more! Cashmere … and Gloss? Yeah. Those…
I get that the districts in Panem are very insular, but given that:
- Collins described many characters in ways that would indicate they are not pure, driven-snow white, and
- The Hunger Games is set in a somewhat-distant future—and it is a prevalent belief (if not evidenced truth) today that our genetic makeup is becoming increasingly diversified and less “white-looking” with each subsequent generation,
it is bizarre to me how stark the racial composition of the films is. Nearly every character of note is either unambiguously white or black. What’s up with the casting department?