To begin, let me say how interested I am to see that many members of the THG fandom have now come to understand that the casting of White actors for the roles of Katniss, Gale, Haymitch, and the Seam characters was a deliberate and racist action by the film’s executives.
Never mind that numerous PoCs in the fandom have been saying this since Jennifer Lawrence was cast, but obviously since a few White people on tumblr make posts about how racist the casting was suddenly it is now okay to be a dissenting voice; after all, you yourself will never suffer the direct physical, emotional, and psychological consequences of whitewashing, while PoC/WoC voices are still silenced and mocked mercilessly for saying the same thing.
With the impending release of information regarding the casting of Johanna Mason and Finnick Odair (among others), many people have voiced the opinion that, yes, these characters should be played by actors of Color. Yes! Non-White visibility from major characters that don’t die immediately (I’m looking at you, Rue and Thresh) is something desperately needed in cinema.
However, let’s look closely at the characters that fans are so eager to support as PoCs. Finnick Odair and Johanna Mason are complex and interesting characters; coincidentally, they are the characters that are the most hypersexualized and sexually objectified in the entire series.