The Hunger Game movie is exposing racists fans all over the country. You would think that a movie wouldn’t create such a stir. But after seeing the slew of racists tweets come from movie-goers it’s clear that many had an issue with some of the cast being black.
Many audience members expected to see Katniss, the main character in the book and film to have “straight black hair” and “olive skin” Now what they weren’t ready for was to see other casts members such as Cinna (played by Lenny Kravitz), Rue, and Thresh to be played by black actors.
On page 45 of Suzanne Collins’s book, Katniss sees Rue for the first time:
…And most hauntingly, 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…
Later, she sees Thresh:
The boy tribute from District 11, Thresh, has the same dark skin as Rue, gut the resemblance stops there. He’s one of the giants, probably six and half feet tall and built like an ox.
So what’s the big deal? Well according to the tumblr ‘Hunger Games Tweets’ many fans are outraged that the cast members we black. These same fans took to twitter and made ugly racists remarks about the characters and the movie. The creator of the Tumblr wanted to expose these racists individuals and had this to say:
Here’s what scares me…
All these… people… read the Hunger Games. 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. A girl that they knew they could love and adore and mourn at the thought of knowing that she’s been brutally killed.
And then the casting is revealed (or they go see the movie) and they’re shocked to see that Rue is black. Now… 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.
It is NOT a coincidence.
THIS is the purpose of my blog… and to also point out shitty reading comprehension. LOL
Check out the racists tweets for yourself and leave us your thoughts.