Racist Hunger Games Fans Rebel Against Movie’s Diversity

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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Kathy Perez
Kathy Johnson3 years ago

who cares WHAT color they are? Is that why these young people read books? To find people in them who fit into their "perfect" cookie cutter idea of life? Our differences are what make us strong

Karen K.
Karen K.3 years ago

Haven't read the book, but thought the movie was well cast.

Don H.
Don H.3 years ago

Raymond F, I don't believe you read the book.

Who cares about the racial make up of the cast? Don't bring your white supremacy in here.

Raymond F.
Raymond F.3 years ago

I would like to say this, I don't care about race if I was gonna make a movie like this, its gonna be truely base on thee novel, not on any motivation to eather diverse the cast or show a racist bent on forming my cast. Eather way is wrong in my book, do by the book the best u can and who cares what others think.

Raymond F.
Raymond F.3 years ago

This what I say, if u gonna make rue black, why not make the main caractor and her sister black as well, would that make more sense, my problem an't about her being black, its the fact that shes been made too different then Prim and Katniss.

Sarah M.
Sarah M.3 years ago

Ridiculous racists!

Lori E.
Lori E.3 years ago

I agree, I thought the casting was spot on. Ignorant people.

Crystie R.
Christie R.3 years ago

Well those people obviously didn't pay much attention to the books, seeming as Rue IS "black" in the books. A lot of people were pointing out that it's a bit inappropriate that the only black tributes in the film, are both from 11, which specialises in farming produce, mostly orchid workers, which comes of as slightly racist. Also, Cinna was described in the book as having hair that was like "copper corkscrews", thus a great deal of fans were, uh, a little suprised to see him played by a black man, but I actually think the actor did an amazing job, and was one of the few good things about the film. lol

Ana R3 years ago

...:( Thank you for sharing!

Debbie L.
Debbie Lim3 years ago

Unbelievable. It think the casting was great. I have to admit I was a bit surprised that Rue was black because in my head I didn't know how to imagine her and kept on seeing her as Prim. I totally missed the dark skin part. But it didn't change anything in my love for the movie, in fact, I was pleased with the diversity :)