Last Friday’s highly anticipated release of the movie ‘The Hunger Games’pulled in a cool $155 million and delighted fans nationwide. But for some outright racist fans, the casting choices disappointed them.Read More
Fans went straight to Twitter expressing their upset that two of the main characters Rue and Thresh, Amandla Stenberg and Dayo Okeniyi respectively, were African-American. Some also were disappoinetd that Cinna, Katniss’ stylist was played by Lenny Kravitz.
In her books however, Suzanne Collins clearly describes Rue and Thresh as having dark brown skin and dark eyes. Cinna was not specifically described as having dark skin, but that he had green eyes and short brown hair, meaning he was open to interpretation.
The tweets range from users saying they weren’t impressed by Thresh being a black man, losing excitement over the movie because Rue would be played by a black girl to the ever callous use of the “n-word.”
There are many obvious things wrong with these people’s reactions (besides their lack of reading comprehension), but the fact that American readers assume characters are white is the just the tip of the iceberg as the Tumblr ‘Hunger Games Tweet’ recognizes.
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
‘The Hunger Games’ elicits racist reactions
Posted by Bret Alan
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