Remember the quote, “Reading is fundamental?” Well, apparently, that tidbit of knowledge totally skipped some fans of the Hunger Games.
Over the weekend, the film raked in a boatload of cash, pulling in $155 million in just a matter of days. While many were lining up to compare the film version to the Suzanne Collins book, others just couldn’t understand why some of the film’s main characters were black.
On the completely brilliant tumblr site Hunger Games Tweets, one fan decided to highlight some of the racist comments some viewers tweeted after watching the film. Apparently, these folks just couldn’t handle the fact Rue, Cinna, and Thresh were played by black actors…despite their descriptions in the book.
While Cinna’s race isn’t talked about in the book, as Dodai Stewart of Jezebel points out, Rue and Thresh are characterized as having “dark skin.”
Collins describes Rue, played by Amandla Stenberg, as, “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…”
And she describes Thresh (Dayo Okeniyi) as, “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.”
Despite Collins’ descriptions, some fans seemed to have conjured up images of blonde, blue-eyed people for these characters and are upset about their casting.
While some may brush off their idiotic tweets as, well, stupid, it hints at a train of thought that says that black folks are somehow less valuable, and even less “innocent” as our white counterparts. And seeing the tweets about Rue’s death being more palatable because she was black?? It’s no wonder folks like Oscar Grant, Aiyana Jones, and Trayvon Martin’s lives are discarded so easily.
What do you think?