Because race-swapping Annabeth Chase and Hermes and other characters wasn’t enough, Disney+’s new show Percy Jackson will feature more race-swapping than you can imagine! Variety has announced that Lance Reddick has been cast as Zeus, whilst Toby Stephens will star as the God of the Sea, Poseidon, also known as Percy’s father. It is important to note that these Gods are from Greek mythology and identical to their Roman counterparts, Jupiter and Neptune, respectively. I don’t think I need to tell you what race Greek and Roman mythology is.
— Lance Reddick (@lancereddick) December 19, 2022
It is also crucial to note that throughout the Percy Jackson series, we are introduced to other children of Zeus (and Poseidon). Throughout the Heroes of Olympus and Percy Jackson books, we meet Thalia and Jason Grace. Both characters are white, and we know the description of their mother, Beryl Grace. She is described as having blonde hair and blue eyes. In fact, it’s mentioned at least thrice that she is blonde. So how can these characters stay true to all the descriptions that author Rick Riordan provided us when we are race-swapping them just for the sake of it? What is the point of descriptions and details? What is the point of consistency? Both Thalia and Jason are described as having blue eyes, and Jason is blond! How can Rick lecture his “fans” about racism whilst swapping races and saying that they will be “faithful to the book?”
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