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Jennifer Lawrence Fans Petition MTV Movie Awards to Add Katniss Everdeen to ‘Best Hero’ Category: We Want Female Choice!

Truth rating: 10

By Daniel Gates

(Lionsgate)

Jennifer Lawrence fans are upset with the MTV Movie Awards.

The annual nominations were announced last week, and while five worthy candidates were picked in the Best Hero category, Lawrence’s Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games: Catching Fire was not among them.

The all-male list includes Henry Cavill as Clark Kent in Man of SteelRobert Downey Jr. as Iron Man in Iron Man 3Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit: The Desolation of SmaugChris Hemsworth as Thor in Thor: The Dark World and Channing Tatum as John Cale in White House Down.

Now Hunger Games fans are petitioning to add Everdeen to the competition, with more than 10,000 digital signatures already collected.

The Care2 petition notes, “There is not a single woman in the Hero’s (sic) category. Don’t let a strong woman like Katniss be overlooked!”

It adds, “Young women already have too few female heroes represented in film and television. We’re constantly shown by the entertainment industry that men are brave, powerful, or successful, while women are often given supporting roles and weak characters.”

The petitioner continues:

I loved The Hunger Games, not just because it was a thrilling story, but because I admired the courage, intelligence, and persistence of Katniss Everdeen. Teen girls and young women everywhere need to see that courageous, principled women can be rewarded just like men.

The MTV Movie Awards are widely watched by a young adult audience. It’s appalling to me that the event’s producers are ignoring this female hero, especially since this film beat out all the others at the box office. But unlike the Oscars, the MTV Movie awards encourages public involvement, allowing the public to vote on winners. If enough of us ask for Katniss to be added, I’m confident that MTV will listen.

Fans are encouraged to join the petition before April 13.

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