Okay, not going to post the rude anon message because it doesn’t deserve to be seen, but here’s my diplomatic answer:
- I have written Cinna as gay.
- I have written Cinna as heterosexual.
- I have written Cinna as bisexual.
- I have written Cinna as asexual.
- I have written affectionate Cinnas.
- I have written Cinnas with touch-aversion disorders.
- I have written white Cinnas.
- I have written Latino Cinnas.
- I have written mixed-race African-American heritage/white Cinnas, BEFORE Lenny Kravitz was cast.
- I have written Chinese-heritage Cinnas.
- I have written Cinnas who were more artist than scientist.
- I have written Cinnas who were more scientist than artist.
- I have written Cinnas who were more revolutionary than either artist or scientist.
- I’ve written Cinnas to whom Portia was a close friend.
- I’ve written Cinnas to whom Portia was just a coworker.
- I’ve written Cinnas to whom Finnick was a lover.
- I’ve written Cinnas to whom Finnick was a friend.
- I’ve written Cinnas to whom Finnick was a co-conspirator.
- I’ve written Cinnas to whom Finnick was nothing.
So please don’t tell me that my CinnaFeelings are based on the “only Cinna” I write. There is no only Cinna that I write. Cinna is everyone in Panem, which means that Cinna is, essentially, everyone in our world. Cinna is you. Cinna is me. Cinna is Katniss and Cinna is Peeta and Cinna is Gale. Cinna is the 99%. The reason I have CinnaFeelings is that Cinna can be anything, as long as Cinna is strong and smart and caring and kind and manipulative and morally ambiguous and determined and big-hearted and brave and ambitious.
But skin color?
Those things don’t matter at all when it comes to Cinna, or why he’s my favorite person in the universe of The Hunger Games.
No, I don’t like the casting, but that is because of the reflection of a whitewashed Katniss and how it changes their entire relationship’s trope, because Cinna is demoted to a Magical Native Helper instead of what he is: a visionary intellectual humanist, who is the only person in Katniss’ life who has ever given her a choice.
What Cinna “is” is neither gay nor straight nor asexual; it’s neither white nor black nor Latino nor mixed-race. What Cinna is… is the man who set Panem on fire and turned the Mockingjay to flight.