Racist 'Hunger Games' Fans Clearly Can't Read

Thu, March 29, 2012 6:40pm EDT by 61 Comments
Hunger Games Racist Tweets

Many prejudice ‘Hunger Games’ audience members were surprised that Rue, Thresh and Cinna were black in the movie, which is incredibly backwards and sad.

Not only are the people who expressed their disbelief that Rue (Amandla Stenberg) and Thresh (Dayo Okeniyi) are black in The Hunger Games racist, but they also possess no reading comprehension skills.

In the books, Katniss’ inner-monologue describes Rue thusly: “She has bright, dark eyes and satiny brown skin.” Likewise, Thresh’s skin color is also specified. “The boy tribute from District 11, Thresh, has the same dark skin as Rue.” Cinna’s race is never strictly defined, but how can anyone doubt Lenny Kravitz‘s appeal.

Nonetheless, many people were taken aback that their favorite characters were not white. “why does rue have to be black not gonna lie kinda ruined the movie,” one tweeted. “cinna and rue weren’t suppose [sic] to be black,” another added. (Read More Via Jezebel)

Well, technically yes, Cinna wasn’t supposed (emphasis on the “d”) to be anything. The producers clearly thought finding the best person for the role was more important than appeasing racists. But Rue and Thresh were supposed (emphasis on the “d” again) to be black. It’s written in the pages of Suzanne Collins‘ work. And you really can’t argue with that. But even if the characters hadn’t been expressly described, why would anyone think that they all had to be white? That’s not how the world is, even if the perpetrators of these tweets have such a skewed view.

Amandla responded intelligently to the controversy, by trading on her experience making the film and holding her head high. “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,” she said in a statement to Us Weekly.

I’m glad she was able to stay above it all, but it’s still disheartening to think that there are people out there who not only think this way, but who also feel fine about broadcasting it publicly.

– Denise Warner


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ryan the girl loves niall horan forever qoetes

Posted at 11:07 PM on July 23, 2013  

i think skin does not matter just the actions do

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MJrules

Posted at 7:41 PM on June 23, 2013  

SMH, what an evil world we live in. It is so sad that these ignorant people are racist.

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Yasmina

Posted at 2:53 PM on April 2, 2013  

Stupid RACIST AMERICANS!!! You people make me f’n sick to my stomache!!

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destiny

Posted at 2:52 PM on December 2, 2012  

What does blacks being racist have to do with this situation ? Blacks are mad because some ignorant white people decided to post horrible comments about some of the characters being black . As a black person i can honestly say those comments and these have pissed me off severely . Why the hell does it even matter that Rue, Cinna, or Thresh was black ? This book has a concept and its not about the color of peoples skin !

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sf

Posted at 12:03 AM on May 5, 2013  

Exactly! Sick world we live in…. I am not saying only whites are racist, but these whites are ignorant. And I am speaking from a ‘neutral’ (I am against racism) perspective, being neither white nor black,

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Steve Martinez

Posted at 10:18 PM on August 18, 2012  

They had dark skins because they worked in the field. The implications was for tanned people, not black people.

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olga

Posted at 3:04 PM on August 17, 2012  

Black people are far too sensitive over racism. They claim it’s racist that a few characters were black, yet they would have claimed it racist if none of them were black. Geez -_-

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mike

Posted at 12:27 PM on January 3, 2013  

stupid white trash boy your too sensitive get out of the trash can and bath before commented inferior monkey.

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MJrules

Posted at 7:46 PM on June 23, 2013  

Mike, I agree with you

 
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Jerry

Posted at 4:26 PM on March 6, 2013  

i think you missed the meaning of the article. read again

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natasha

Posted at 11:24 AM on May 16, 2012  

the black people –are crazy , i mean all for them are racist , is so stupid , they shoiuld get over it ..my favorite character in the movie was rue , and i didn’t notcie her skin y just notcie her actign the black people is just tooo complexed ..there are who are wronf for them everything is racist GOSH SO ANNOING AND AT THE END OF THE DAY , THEY ARE MORE RACIST THAT THE WHITE PEOPLE ..SOOO

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Anon

Posted at 1:54 PM on May 26, 2012  

What has anything got to do with black people being racist? It’s about people not accepting or not wiling to cooperate with Rue being black in the movie or however they expected.

Also, learn how to format and spell correctly.

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Yasmina

Posted at 2:55 PM on April 2, 2013  

did you not read the article or are just retarded! the article states that people are upset and making racist comments because there are black people in the movie

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MJrules

Posted at 7:54 PM on June 23, 2013  

I am not crazy or racist, thank you very much. Whites are more racist than Blacks, you moron! It has been proven time on again and again that Whites are the most racist. Of course not all Whites are racist but the racist ones ruin it for you guys

Honestly this article is about the backlash on Twitter about Ruth and other characters being Black not about your prejudice against Black people.

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Rubyhead

Posted at 6:05 PM on May 5, 2012  

Rue(Amandla Stenberg) was my favorite character in the whole movie:) Go Rue!!!!!

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bumbiclot

Posted at 6:42 PM on April 24, 2012  

There are people in this world who need us to be black to sustain a diminishing superiority complex to the point where even uber succesful blacks are nothing more glorified ghetto tokens. If it wasn’t us it would the next lightest race and so on to the point they’d end up finding stupid reasons to fight each other. The real problem has Hollywood, where they constantly cater to these peoples overly high view of themselves until THIS movie broke the norm. Thank you Hunger Games for pushing the envelope and breaking the “token negro” syndrome plaguing hollywood movie sets since forever.

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mike

Posted at 12:31 PM on January 3, 2013  

yes white trash garbage brits hate this.

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Esmeralda

Posted at 6:50 PM on April 21, 2012  

Just sad…blacks are always being projected as poor and ghetto.When alot of them are just the opposite….whats wrong with people? Why is this world filled with prejudice and hate?

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mike

Posted at 12:30 PM on January 3, 2013  

just white trash they’ll die out soon

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MJrules

Posted at 7:56 PM on June 23, 2013  

I agree. There is good and bad in all races and cultures. I don’t see why people pick on Blacks so much? What is so bad about my race?

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