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Jezebel.com interviews Racebending.com on “The Imminent Whitewashing Of The Hunger Games’ Heroine”

March 14, 2011

On March 14th, Jezebel writer Sarah Seltzer published a story on the casting of “The Hunger Games,” including quotes from her phone interview with Racebending.com co-founder Marissa Lee.

Collins’ allusions to race aren’t exactly subtle, and the filmmakers apparent decision to ignore this aspect of the novel has led some fans to make an inarguable point: given Katniss’s description in the book, why wasn’t the casting call open to actresses of color or mixed ethnicity? “As long as they fit the [book’s] physical description, nonwhite actors should at least get a chance,” says Marissa Lee, co-founder of the web community Racebending.com, where fans have protested the “whitewashing” of Hollywood film adaptations like last year’s The Last Airbender

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Marissa Lee is one of the co-founders of Racebending.com

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