The Hunger Games Cast Face Racist Comments Over Black Actors

Ignorant fans take to Twitter to express disgust over cast selection.

Posted: 03/27/2012 11:02 AM EDT
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Along with praise and raking in $155 million during its opening weekend, the cast of The Hunger Games is also facing an unexpected slew of racism over the production's cast choices. Several fans have taken to Twitter to express their disgust over the fact that characters Rue and Thresh are played by Black actors.

Despite being described as having "dark brown skin" in Suzanne Collins' young adult novel-turned-movie, ignorant fans have been completely taken aback by Amandla Stenberg and Dayo Okeniyi playing the two roles.

"Why is Rue a little black girl? #sticktothebookdude," one fan wrote on Twitter while another asked, "Why does Rue have to be black not gonna lie kinda ruined the movie."

Not even Lenny Kravitz could escape the attack. The singer plays Cinna (whose skin color is not described in the book), a stylist for the televised games that pit children from twelve different districts against each other in a fight to the death. The sole survivor of The Hunger Games not only brings glory to his or her district, but also food and supplies to a starving community.

"Cinna and Rue weren't supposed to be black," one tweeted before adding, "Why did the producer make all the good characters black?"

"Awkward moment when Rue is some black girl and not the innocent blonde girl you picture," said another user.

One person even went so far as to use the "N" word to describe 13-year-old Stenberg tweeting, “Sense when has Rue been a n----r.”

Now, even though many of the original tweets were deleted, a Tumblr blog called Hunger Games Tweets has collected many of these sad remarks and the responses they elicited.

"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," the blog owner writes. "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."


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