The MTV Movie Awards are coming under fire — and have been targeted by an online petition. TheWrap.com reports that the awards omitted women among the nominees for Best Hero, and the petition demands that “The Hunger Games” heroine Katniss Everdeen be included.
The petition had gained more than 13,000 signatures as of Tuesday morning, with supporters demanding that Everdeen be added to the slate. Everdeen is played by Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence.
“There is not a single woman in the Hero Category. Don’t let a strong woman like Katniss be overlooked!” the petition says. “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.”
MTV didn’t respond to a request for comment, TheWrap notes.
Nominees in the category are Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man in “Iron Man 3,” Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins in “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” Chris Hemsworth as Thor in “Thor: The Dark World,” Henry Cavill as Clark Kent in “Man of Steel” and Channing Tatum as John Cale in “White House Down.”
Nominees are chosen by MTV executives and producers, although the public votes to decide the winners.