Percy Jackson and The Olympians Writer Defends Leah Jeffries Casting

Following the casting of Leah Sava Jeffries as Annabeth within the upcoming Percy Jackson and the Olympians Disney+ sequence, writer Rick Riordan has taken to the web to defend the casting from a small part of racist followers.

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In a current weblog put up, Riordan — who wrote all 5 Percy Jackson and the Olympians books within the sequence — spoke out in favor of the casting, calling it “a disgrace” that he needed to even write the weblog put up earlier than praising Jeffries, who Riordan mentioned could be “a task mannequin for brand spanking new generations of women who will see in her the type of hero they wish to be.”

“When you have an issue with this casting, nevertheless, take it up with me,” mentioned Riordan in his put up. “You don’t have any one else responsible. No matter else you are taking from this put up, we should always be capable of agree that bullying and harassing a toddler on-line is inexcusably mistaken. As robust as Leah is, as a lot as we’ve mentioned the potential for this type of response and the extraordinary stress this position will carry, the adverse feedback she has obtained on-line are out of line. They should cease. Now.”

Riordan’s feedback come after numerous accounts on social media started voicing their dismay over Jeffries’ casting, as Riordan had described the character of Annabeth as white within the books. Issues went even additional when the 12-year-old actress took to Instagram to notice that her TikTok account had been banned following a wave of individuals upset at her casting reporting her account.

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“The core message of Percy Jackson has at all times been that distinction is energy,” Riordan went on to say. “There’s energy in plurality. The issues that distinguish us from each other are sometimes our marks of particular person greatness,” Rick Riordan writes. “It is best to by no means choose somebody by how effectively they suit your preconceived notions. That neurodivergent child who has failed out of six colleges, as an illustration, could be the son of Poseidon. Anybody could be a hero. Should you don’t get that, for those who’re nonetheless upset in regards to the casting of this marvelous trio, then it doesn’t matter what number of instances you’ve got learn the books. You didn’t study something from them.”