After casting Leah Sawa Jeffries as Annabeth in the upcoming Percy Jackson and the Olympians The Disney+ series, created by Rick Riordan, has taken to the internet to defend the casting from a small subset of racist fans.
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AT recent blog postRiordan – who wrote all five Percy Jackson and the Olympians books in the series – spoke out in favor of the casting, calling it a «shame» that he had to even write a blog post before praising Jeffreys, who Riordan says will be «a role model for new generations of girls who will see him as such a hero.» who they want to be.»
“However, if you have issues with this casting, please resolve them with me,” Riordan wrote in his post. “You have no one else to blame. Whatever you take away from this post, we must agree that bullying and harassing a child online is unforgivably wrong. As strong as Leah is, no matter how much we discuss the possibility of such a reaction and the intense pressure this role will bring, the negative comments she has received on the Internet are out of line. They need to stop. Now.»
Riordan’s comments came after various social media accounts began expressing their concerns about Jeffries’ casting, as Riordan described Annabeth as white in the books. Things went even further when the 12-year-old actress went to instagram note that her TikTok account was suspended after a wave of people upset about her casting reported her account.
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«Main message Percy Jackson It has always been thought that difference is strength,” Riordan continued. “Power in plurality. What sets us apart is often a sign of our personal greatness,” writes Rick Riordan. “You should never judge someone by how well they fit your preconceived notions. For example, that neurodivergent child who failed six schools could very well be the son of Poseidon. Anyone can be a hero. If you don’t get it, if you’re still upset about the choice of this wonderful trio, then it doesn’t matter how many times you’ve read the books. You haven’t learned anything from them.»