Hunger Games, the much-anticipated film adaptation of the wildly popular book trilogy, opened this weekend to overwhelming success at the box office. Current estimates show that the movie took in over $152 million, while the #2 movie only grabbed $20 million.
But it seems that while most fans were thrilled to see the captivating characters come to life on the big screen, a confusing minority had a problem with the fact that some prominent roles were played by people of color.
Jezebel reports that “the tumblr Hunger Games Tweets has collected a smattering of Twitter postings, with the goal of exposing “Hunger Games fans on Twitter who dare to call themselves fans yet don’t know a damn thing about the books.”
You can read the entire collection on their page. Suffice it to say that you will be both shocked and saddened by the things people felt compelled to Tweet about the fact that “Rue” was played by African-American actress Amandla Stenberg.
“why does rue have to be black not gonna lie kinda ruined the movie,” wrote @maggie_mcd11 on Twitter.
“Kk call me racist but when I found out Rue was black her death wasn’t as sad #ihatemyself ,” wrote @jashperparas
These comments would be blatantly racist even if Hollywood had completely defied the book’s characterization. The sad truth is that it didn’t: the description provided by author Suzanne Collins explicitly states that Rue is “a twelve-year-old girl from District 11. She has dark brown skin and eyes, but other than that’s she’s very like Prim in size and demeanor.” Thresh, the male tribute from District 11 is described in a similar way, and also played by an African-American actor in the movie.
Is the movie perfect? No. Those of us who devoured the Hunger Games books and appreciated their message of equality knew there were bound to be some disappointments in the film. Personally, I hated the plot corners that were cut just so the film could spend more time on the action and romance scenes.
But to complain about the casting, which was spot on, and insinuate that it “ruined the movie”? That’s just nauseating. All of these people need to go back and read the books again. This time with their eyes and hearts open.
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