Well it looks like being openly racist is back in for 2012. A record number of people flocked to the premiere of the highly anticipated movie, ‘Hunger Games’ last week. However, some comments from a select few of them have been making news over the past few days. Many were upset that young actress Amandla Stenberg was chosen to play Rue and actor/musician Lenny Kravitz (Cinna) were cast in the movie, despite the fact that the novel’s author, Suzanne Collins describes these characters, particularly Rue, as having “dark brown skin and eyes.” Some reactions to this:
“I was pumped about the Hunger Games. Until I learned that a black girl was playing Rue.”
“Why does Rue have to be black not gonna lie kinda ruined the movie.” [READ MORE]
These disturbing tweets and many more were posted on a Tumblr page called ‘Hunger Games Tweets.’ It’s sole mission? To “expose the Hunger Games fans on Twitter who dare to call themselves fans yet don’t know a damn thing about the books.” The creator of the blog also wrote about people’s reaction to the film, in particular to the character Rue being played by 12-year-old, Amandla Stenberg:
“Clearly, they all fell in love with and cared about Rue. Though what they really fell in love with was an image of Rue that they’d created in their minds…And then the casting is revealed (or they go see the movie) and they’re shocked to see that Rue is black…This is so much more than, ‘Oh, she’s bigger than I thought.’ The reactions are all based on feelings of disgust…
These people are MAD that the girl that they cried over while reading the book was “some black girl” all along. So now they’re angry. Wasted tears, wasted emotions. It’s sad to think that had they known that she was black all along, there would have been [no] sorrow or sadness over her death.
There are MAJOR TIE-INS to these reactions and the injustices that we see around the world today. I don’t even need to spell it out because I know that you’re all a smart bunch.
This is a BIG problem. Think of all the murdered children. Think of all the missing children that get NO SCREEN TIME on the news. [Source]
The blog creator goes on by saying that “there are major tie-ins to these reactions and the injustices that we see around the world today” and reiterated the purpose of the tumblr blog: to “point out shitty reading comprehension. LOL”
Check out some more tweets below and on HungerGamesTweet.tumblr.com.
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