Percy Jackson Writer: Racist Bullying of Younger Disney+ Collection Solid Member Is ‘Out of Line’ and Must ‘Cease, Now’


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Percy Jackson Writer: Racist Bullying of Younger Disney+ Collection Solid Member Is ‘Out of Line’ and Must ‘Cease, Now’

Percy Jackson writer Rick Riordan is raining down lightning bolts on those that have been bullying Leah Sava Jeffries, the younger actress chosen to play Annabeth within the upcoming Disney+ collection.

It was announced earlier this week that, alongside The Adam Challenge‘s Walker Scobell because the titular Percy, Jeffries (whose earlier credit embrace Empire) will play Annabeth Chase, daughter of the Greek goddess Athena and a superb strategist who will practice Percy to outlive the mythological world.

Moreover, Aryan Simhadri (Disney’s Spin) has been forged as Grover Underwood, the half boy/half goat who will at all times throw himself right into a battle to guard his associates.

Annabeth is “canonically white” within the Percy Jackson novels, so in response to Jeffries’ casting, some have spewed racist screeds — often directed on the actress herself. And Riordan is not having it.

In a post to his blog, Riordan notes, “The response to the casting of Leah has been overwhelmingly optimistic and joyous.” However to those that refuse to precise such approval, “take it up with me,” he says. “No matter else you’re taking from this put up, we must always be capable of agree that bullying and harassing a baby on-line is inexcusably mistaken. As robust as Leah is, as a lot as now we have mentioned the potential for this sort of response and the extreme stress this function will convey, the unfavourable feedback she has acquired on-line are out of line. They should cease. Now.”

Riordan says that through the TV collection “lengthy, intense, huge and exhaustive” casting course of, one which abided by Disney’s firm coverage on nondiscrimination, “I used to be searching for the most effective actors to inhabit and produce to life the personalities of those characters, and that bodily look was secondary for me. We did that. We took a yr to do that course of completely and discover the most effective of the most effective. This trio is the most effective. Leah Jeffries is Annabeth Chase.”

Riordan then had selection phrases (best read in full on his blog) for many who comply with their criticism of Jeffries’ casting with, “However I’m not racist.”

“You’re judging her appropriateness for this function solely and completely on how she appears,” the writer observes. “She is a Black woman enjoying somebody who was described within the books as white. Mates, that’s racism.”


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