Since the release of the movie, “The Hunger Games” last weekend, there have been a lot of racial tension directed toward the three Black cast members, especially the beautiful 13-year-old Amandala Stenberg who plays the character of Rue. The film grossed $155 million thus far, but “fans” took to twitter to express their displeasure with the fact that the beloved character was played by an African American girl. Stenberg fired back at her racist haters with this classy statement Wednesday:

“As a fan of the books, I feel fortunate to be part of The Hunger Games family…It was an amazing experience; I am proud of the film and my performance. I want to thank all of my fans and the entire Hunger Games community for their support and loyalty.”

It still boggles ones mind as to why this young actress received all of this hate and criticism when it clearly states in The Hunger Games books that Rue was a girl with dark brown skin.

The teen starlets’ name means power and she has shown her strength by not letting the negative attention she’s been receiving take make her stoop down to the level of her critics or downplay the amazing job she did in the movie.

  • Shay

    She’s mixed, but she’s claiming black for the role. That’s what they do when it benefits them.

  • CurlySue

    Yes, Amandala is mixed. But movies often take small liberties with a book’s character description. For instance, in the Harry Potter books, it’s noted often that his eyes are green. But Daniel Radcliffe has bright blue eyes. And really, who cares? If that actor/actress can bring that character to life the best, then it’s foolish to nitpick because the exact shade of Amandala’s skin is slightly lighter.

  • omfg

    i also was thinking she isn’t black. bothers me when biracial people become the representatives of blackness when lots of times they don’t even want to be considered that.

  • omfg

    it’s not foolish or nitpicking to want people to stop using mixed women as a proxy for black women, esp. when that individual is supposed to be portrayed as dark skinned in a movie.

    give the little black girls something to aspire to and admire…

    plus, i imagine that the author made this sympathetic character into a dark skinned girl for a reason. maybe it communicates that little dark girls are worth something too. or people should love them too.

    things you may think are irrelevant actually mean something to others.

  • http://cupofjo-jo.blogspot.com bk chick

    @omfg I believe the author picked a dark skin black girl as rue because, for some liberal whites, blackness is the ultimate symbol of their humanity, because accepting someone who they historically are supposed to hate shows they are not that bad after all. Ironically, it dehumanizes the character because they are used as a device. I agree with this :” stop using mixed women as a proxy for black women” ..If It didn’t happen so often in movies I wouldn’t have a problem with it…but hey that’s Hollywood for you.

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