Oh brother, here we go again! In just one weekend, Hunger Games has become the blockbuster phenomenon we all knew it would. The box office numbers are on fire (pun intended), and most fans seem pleased with how the book translated to screen … I say most, because there are actually some fans who didn’t read the books closely enough, it seems, and/or seem to think the film’s cast should have been completely whitewashed.
Specifically, some fans were disappointed with the casting of Amandla Stenberg as Rue, a character, who might I note, was first described in the book as “a twelve-year-old girl from District 11. She has dark brown skin and eyes, but other than that, she’s very like Prim in size and demeanor.” Nonetheless, after seeing Stenberg in the film, these fans took to Twitter to write distressed, racist tweets. Ugh.
“The Hunger Games” and stars Lenny Kravitz and Amandla Stenberg have been targeted in a series of racist tweets. The bulk of the complaints center on the casting of black actors as characters that some Twitter users argue were portrayed as white in the Suzanne Collins‘ hit book. Kravitz plays a stylist named Cinna.
Yeah, it was as bad as it sounds… Many of the tweets are peppered with racial slurs.
One particularly shocking tweet reads: “Sense when has Rue been a nigger.”
Another alluding to Rue’s untimely death reads: “call me racist but when i found out rue was black her death wasn’t as sad #ihatemyself.”
Another Twitter page that no longer exists wrote, “Why does Rue have to be black. Not gonna lie, kinda ruined the movie.”
Another, whose account has also been deleted, tweeted, “Awkward moment when Rue is some black girl and not the innocent blonde girl you picture.”
What the hell? Who are these people?! Listen, it’s bad enough that they’re ignorant enough to
a.) not realize that Rue was cast perfectly, given her description in the book and
b.) have a problem with the color of her skin.
But then to go and broadcast that to the entire world via Twitter? What an idiot move. No wonder they deleted their accounts. They should be ashamed of themselves.
You know, this is a perfect example of how just because social media offers anyone a megaphone to express themselves to a ginormous audience, it doesn’t mean everyone deserves that megaphone. Because clearly, some people are too ignorant, close-minded, and hateful to use it wisely.
As I’ve always said, when will humans match socks by color and not people? Don’t people understand that it takes sooo much energy to be f*chking stupid?! Man this is tiring…
- Racist ‘Hunger Games’ Tweeters Obviously Never Read The Book (inquisitr.com)
- Outcry Over ‘Hunger Games’ Casting Draws Media Ire (newsy.com)
- The Hunger Games’ Lenny Kravitz and Amandla Stenberg Attacked in Racist Tweets (eonline.com)
- The Hunger Games and Racial Hatred? (lovelifewriting.wordpress.com)