[She] answered that the actors chosen were the best for the roles,
First of all, I'm not sure whether she's actually said that. As far as I know, she's said that she likes Jennifer Lawrence, which is fine. That's not an issue at all. IF she really did say that the actors chosen were the best for their roles, that's part of the problem right there. Because that just lends itself to the "they were cast based on talent" rhetoric, which is bullshit. (My earlier comment about "casting based on talent" was meant more generally.)
She did seem to imply that about Josh - another thing, I fucking hate it when people bring up mythical purple people when talking about race, so that was another ugh moment - but that's less of an issue because Peeta's race wasn't as controversial/ambiguous.
I see nothing wrong with what she has said.
Where she particularly went wrong was dismissing everyone's concerns down to hair dye and makeup. Yes, there are some fans who were only pissed because the actors didn't look exactly
like how the characters were described in the books. You'll get that with any fandom; I remember how much shit Daniel Radcliffe got for not having green eyes, or Emma Watson for being too pretty/not having bushy enough hair. But it was incredibly insulting to erase those of us who had legitimate concerns by acting as though all of the complaints could be solved by hair dye.
Only with what she's avoided.
That's part of the problem, too, though. The two go hand in hand, considering that the casting call is an essential part of *why* people were so angry about the whole thing. So for her to ignore it entirely makes her response fall into the "not good" category for me, period.
I think that's probably where she really messed up - in terms of "feeling solid about our casting choices."
Oh, somehow I skipped over that, I think I was too busy rolling my eyes over her describing Josh as a purple person. LOL.
Edited by tip and fall, May 6, 2012 @ 9:54 PM.