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spidermatcha · a day ago
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Percy Jackson cast 🥺💕 Ive made it my mission to read the entire series before it comes out
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pjotvshownews · 4 months ago
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Rick Riordan’s response to the racism and hatred directed at Leah after she was cast as Annabeth:
“Leah Jeffries is Annabeth Chase”
“This post is specifically for those who have a problem with the casting of Leah Jeffries as Annabeth Chase. It’s a shame such posts need to be written, but they do. First, let me be clear I am speaking here only for myself. These thoughts are mine alone. They do not necessarily reflect or represent the opinions of any part of Disney, the TV show, the production team, or the Jeffries family.
The response to the casting of Leah has been overwhelmingly positive and joyous, as it should be. Leah brings so much energy and enthusiasm to this role, so much of Annabeth’s strength. She will be a role model for new generations of girls who will see in her the kind hero they want to be.
If you have a problem with this casting, however, take it up with me. You have no one else to blame. Whatever else you take from this post, we should be able to agree that bullying and harassing a child online is inexcusably wrong. As strong as Leah is, as much as we have discussed the potential for this kind of reaction and the intense pressure this role will bring, the negative comments she has received online are out of line. They need to stop. Now.
I was quite clear a year ago, when we announced our first open casting, that we would be following Disney’s company policy on nondiscrimination: We are committed to diverse, inclusive casting. For every role, please submit qualified performers, without regard to disability, gender, race and ethnicity, age, color, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other basis prohibited by law. We did that. The casting process was long, intense, massive and exhaustive.
I have been clear, as the author, that I was looking for the best actors to inhabit and bring to life the personalities of these characters, and that physical appearance was secondary for me. We did that.  We took a year to do this process thoroughly and find the best of the best. This trio is the best. Leah Jeffries is Annabeth Chase.
Some of you have apparently felt offended or exasperated when your objections are called out online as racist. “But I am not racist,” you say. “It is not racist to want an actor who is accurate to the book’s description of the character!”
Let’s examine that statement.
You are upset/disappointed/frustrated/angry because a Black actor has been cast to play a character who was described as white in the books. “She doesn’t look the way I always imagined.”
You either are not aware, or have dismissed, Leah’s years of hard work honing her craft, her talent, her tenacity, her focus, her screen presence. You refuse to believe her selection could have been based on merit. Without having seen her play the part, you have pre-judged her (pre + judge = prejudice) and decided she must have been hired simply to fill a quota or tick a diversity box. And by the way, these criticisms have come from across the political spectrum, right and left.
You have decided that I couldn’t possibly mean what I have always said: That the true nature of the character lies in their personality. You feel I must have been coerced, brainwashed, bribed, threatened, whatever, or I as a white male author never would have chosen a Black actor for the part of this canonically white girl.
You refuse to believe me, the guy who wrote the books and created these characters, when I say that these actors are perfect for the roles because of the talent they bring and the way they used their auditions to expand, improve and electrify the lines they were given. Once you see Leah as Annabeth, she will become exactly the way you imagine Annabeth, assuming you give her that chance, but you refuse to credit that this may be true.
You are judging her appropriateness for this role solely and exclusively on how she looks. She is a Black girl playing someone who was described in the books as white.
Friends, that is racism.
And before you resort to the old kneejerk reaction — “I am not racist!” — let’s examine that statement too.
If I may quote from an excellent recent article in the Boston Globe about Dr. Khama Ennis, who created a program on implicit bias for the Massachusetts Board of Registration for Medicine in Boston: “To say a person doesn’t have bias is to say that person isn’t human. It’s how we navigate the world … based on what we’re taught and our own personal histories.”
Racism/colorism isn’t something we have or don’t have. I have it. You have it. We all do. And not just white people like me. All people. It’s either something we recognize and try to work on, or it’s something we deny. Saying “I am not racist!” is simply declaring that you deny your own biases and refuse to work on them.
The core message of Percy Jackson has always been that difference is strength. There is power in plurality. The things that distinguish us from one another are often our marks of individual greatness. You should never judge someone by how well they fit your preconceived notions. That neurodivergent kid who has failed out of six schools, for instance, may well be the son of Poseidon. Anyone can be a hero.
If you don’t get that, if you’re still upset about the casting of this marvelous trio, then it doesn’t matter how many times you have read the books. You didn’t learn anything from them.
Watch the show or don’t. That’s your call. But this will be an adaptation that I am proud of, and which fully honors the spirit of Percy Jackson and the Olympians, taking the bedtime story I told my son twenty years ago to make him feel better about being neurodivergent, and improving on it so that kids all over the world can continue to see themselves as heroes at Camp Half-Blood.”
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people-wxtching · 22 days ago
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SHE'S SO PRECIOUS OMG 🥺
EDIT: she also wrote an entire essay about Annabeth right before she actually got the role!
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deyjahvu · a month ago
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Leah is the moment omg
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syrren · 5 months ago
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welcome to our new annabeth!
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twinsarekeepers · 19 days ago
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Broke: I can’t imagine Percy Jackson as blonde. It just doesn’t fit his character.
Woke: Percy having blonde hair opens the door for a meta joke like Annabeth saying he’s the reason the dumb blonde stereotype exists, which fits perfectly with their early stage relationship. Also, surfer vibes.
Bespoke: Percy having blonde hair perfectly encapsulates his character because blonde hair does a thing where it significantly darkens as time passes, which is a direct parallel to how Percy gets “darker” as time passes. AND now that Luke has dark hair, Percy going from blonde to brunette will signify him becoming more like Luke, literally starting to look more like him. And the same applies if Poseidon is cast with dark hair. The change in color would symbolize Percy growing into the powers his father gave him. In this essay, I will—
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black-is-beautiful18 · 4 months ago
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You’re kidding me right? Y’all really reported Leah’s TikTok account cuz you can’t handle the fact that she’s Annabeth?! Oh y’all need to be beat. That girl is 12! Whoever’s comment she responded to…You’re gonna get yours. All of y’all are. From the weirdo who made a whole video about her casting to every single person who says something negative about that child. You will not know peace.
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khwaabeeda · 5 months ago
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if i see anyone being shitty to that little girl its on sight. keep your bullshit thoughts to yourself. idfc if she doesn’t fit the image of annabeth you had in your mind. 
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papa-m0thman · 5 months ago
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I don't understand the desperation to make the show's version of Annabeth blonde when it wouldn't make sense. Like, the "dumb blonde" trope only applies to white people with naturally blonde hair. In my opinion, her being black fits the point Riordan was trying to make about Annabeth being underestimated due to her appearance just as well, and more fitting for the time period we're in. Like, I have never heard someone bring up the dumb blonde trope in 2022, but black girls are still seen as less intelligent than their white counterparts.
Also, the gray eyes are unnecessary because it never really made sense for Athena to affect her appearance when Rick straight up said the gods have no DNA.
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opaqe-art · 4 months ago
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The gang’s all here!
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noctefuror · 4 months ago
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Annabeth Chase sketches based on Leah’s posts on Instagram 🦉🗡✨📖
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wishingformoredogs · a month ago
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Happiest of Birthdays, Percy Jackson, congrats on being 17 again
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pjotvshownews · 5 months ago
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Meet the stars of the Disney Plus adaptation of Percy Jackson!
Leah Sava Jeffries as Annabeth Chase
Walker Scobell as Percy Jackson
Aryan Simhadri as Grover Underwood
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deyjahvu · 4 months ago
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percy jackson wouldn't like you if you were harassing leah because of her race btw
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dreams-and-bones · 5 months ago
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I started reading the Percy Jackson books when I was ten, as they were first coming out. I felt an immediate connection with Annabeth. She was a 12-year-old blonde girl who was tough, and smart, and brave, and a huge nerd. I was a scrawny blonde 5th grader who was smart, and tried to be tough, and tried to be brave, and got a lot of “dumb blonde” jokes lobbed at me. I loved seeing myself in Annabeth. She meant a lot to me growing up - and her character still means a lot to me now, 16 years later.
And. I am so, so excited for Leah Sava Jeffries to play Annabeth Chase. I am so, so excited for Black girls to see themselves in her too; to see themselves portrayed as tough, and smart, and brave, and nerdy. I am so excited for all the kids watching this show to see Annabeth Chase as a Black girl. It meant so much to privileged little me to see a smart blonde girl fight and think and love her way through the world of Percy Jackson and I believe with my whole heart that it means even more to see a smart Black girl do that. Blonde Annabeth was important to me, and so is Black Annabeth. These things are both true.
I hope that Disney and Rick do Leah justice. I am confident that Leah will do justice to Annabeth.
I am so excited for this girl, and I am so excited to see PJO come to life in a way that reflects the heart and soul of the books I grew up with.
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Here’s looking at you, Annabeth Chase
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uncharted-constellations · 5 months ago
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I only have time for a quick doodle cuz finals stuff but i can absolutely see these kids fake crying on television and giving out gabes phone number to fuck with him, I absolutely can
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aresxmachin · 4 months ago
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saw a tweet saying that annabeth and hazel would help each other with their hair and i had to draw it
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