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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mama2dibs

Posted at 1:20 PM on April 11, 2012  

Funny…the only thing about Cinna that surprised me was that he had hair. I thought he’d have a bald black head. ;)

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Tom

Posted at 10:52 PM on April 10, 2012  

I didn’t see any black people in the movie. I saw a movie with PEOPLE in it.

“Be color-blind, don’t be so shallow;
Free your mind, and the rest will follow.”

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rewinn

Posted at 12:06 PM on April 10, 2012  

In the old days, you could be racist and mutter angrily to your friends, and it would go not much farther. But TODAY when you post racism, it goes around the world and lasts forever. Like it or not, in the very near future, software will automate background checking, picking up attitudes like this and factoring it into overall employability scores. Racists will never know what jobs they lost because given the choice between a race hater and a normal person, most employers prefer the normal person.

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Rudy

Posted at 1:26 PM on April 7, 2012  

lol wow some people still live in the past.

i thought the movie was great.
Cinna was far beyond my expectations; they even included the gold eyeliner! <3
and all the actors did a fantastic job.

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Kayone

Posted at 1:57 PM on April 6, 2012  

In a way I’m glad this happened, a high profile book and now movie franchise like this can bring out flagrant racism like this out in the open to the public eye. By creating awareness there are still people who can be this ignorant (and of poor reading comprehension….connection?) that we further put these outdated attitudes behind us. It’s dissapointing given the book’s demographics that many of the racists tweets are given by folks of a young enough generation who should know better.

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elegiac

Posted at 3:41 AM on April 5, 2012  

Cinna evokes Cinnamon – Who would expect a character with this name to be white? Thought he’d be more gay though!

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Tom

Posted at 10:49 PM on April 10, 2012  

Seriously! Why were there so many WHITE people in the movie? That bothered me a lot. LOL

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Team Mindless

Posted at 7:55 PM on April 4, 2012  

Okay listen up, I’m black and I saw the hunger games TWICE and for your INFORMATION I cried both times! For you to tell THE WORLD that BEING BLACK hurt the movie then go cry in your corner because THE WORLD IS MOVING ON FROM SLAVERY AND SEGREGATION! People are so IGNORANT these days. Im serious racist people need to wake up and smell the roses because if they have a problem, then go take it up with the president.
*mutters* stupid people these days -_-

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Chris O'Keeffe

Posted at 7:56 AM on April 4, 2012  

this is just sick, so one person is black and it ruins the movie?? whoever seid that deserves to get their you-know-whats kicked! This is why i hate America nothing but bias racist people! Who cares if the person is white or black? This is basiclly what those gutless people seid “She did a great job acting but her skins too dark so I hated her performace and the movie was bad” I hope that all those people fall down a sewer hole cause Karma is a Bi**h!!

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Me

Posted at 11:15 PM on April 3, 2012  

rue was pretty! I cried when she died in da movie. So what if she’s black let her be. Freaken haters smh

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Becky

Posted at 2:50 PM on April 2, 2012  

Wow, that’s all people saw were what color skin the actors were? How horrible. Amandla was adorable and did an awesome job as Rue. And Lenny was amazing as Cinna. I was doubtful of his acting ability at first, but he totally changed my doubts. Cinna is one of my favorite characters from the books, and I now cannot think of anyone else who would be better than Lenny. Dayo was a great Thresh as well. No one should take away from what an awesome job they did. They deserve way more respect than that.

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s2e98

Posted at 9:37 PM on March 31, 2012  

even if rue wasn’t black in the book stenberg did a good job

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m.c

Posted at 8:36 PM on April 5, 2012  

Rue was black in the book

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sn

Posted at 9:34 PM on March 31, 2012  

it’s not just blacks, people are being racist against some of the asian tributes

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victoria

Posted at 2:56 PM on March 31, 2012  

well i went to see the hunger games tuesday and i found rue to be a good character and to see that im mixed race and it makes no difference that a character is white or black i didnt think that so many hunger games readers would have been so racist on the way the roles were given. i have looked and read the books and i think when i looked back people you have had this big of a problem with rue being black is the worst thing that i have ever seen i mean im 14 years old and everybody i have had a conversation about the movie no one has had a problem so why are the people older than me having such a big deal about it you guys are being more childish about a movie that you didnt have to see

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Elle

Posted at 3:43 PM on March 30, 2012  

CAN’T U SEE???!
THEY’RE JUST JEALOUS!!!

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NomaRae

Posted at 2:05 PM on March 30, 2012  

wow big deal their black. Some people really need to get a grip.

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Suzanna

Posted at 1:28 PM on March 30, 2012  

People need to understand that race does not make a good story, how it’s written is. I personally loved Rue and Cinna. Read the books, watch the movies, and enjoy, back off haters!

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c

Posted at 11:46 AM on March 30, 2012  

seriously? people are ridiculous.. i havent read the book yet but i thought the little girl who played rue was amazing! even if she hadn’t been dark skinned in the book, she was phenominal.. what is wrong with people?!

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cozy

Posted at 11:40 AM on March 30, 2012  

I saw the movie l love it I did not know that movie was base on a best seller book. So all a suddenly some people was SURPRISED some of the charters was black people in the movie you got to be kidding me. So I ask my friends who are big BIG FANS of the hunger games I ask them did the author described the people in the book they said yeah so one of my friend had the book on her so I read it…. She has bright, dark, eyes and satiny brown skin and stands tilted up on her toes with her arms slightly ex- tended to her sides, as if ready to take wing at the slightest sound. It’s impossible not to think of a bird.” In the books it says that rue has “satiny brown skin”I’m pretty sure that means she’s, you know, not white. People need to the book before you put stupid racists comments on Twitter.

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Ben

Posted at 10:09 AM on March 30, 2012  

It’s obvious that the 1 drop rule is still alive and well, Lenny Kravitz is half white and it looks like Stenberg is too. If anything, compared to the book, the characters aren’t dark enough.

It’s 2012 and people are still this stupid. Some people shouldn’t be allowed to reproduced. Oh, and I’m “white” since everyone seems to care about what color we are. Idiots.

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Locky5000

Posted at 1:45 AM on April 26, 2012  

Co-sign!!

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Jeronimus

Posted at 6:40 AM on March 30, 2012  

Rue and Thresh come from the agricultural district. As we well know, blacks do not farm.

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drodro

Posted at 5:34 PM on March 30, 2012  

My grandfather is a farmer….oh yea I’m black.
How stupid are you?

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Lauren

Posted at 8:34 PM on March 30, 2012  

Exactly what do you think black people were doing during slavery…ah farming and many of them became sharecroppers after they were freed…know you history before you speak.

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derp

Posted at 3:14 AM on March 31, 2012  

trolololol

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victoria

Posted at 3:01 PM on March 31, 2012  

im pretty sure blacks farm but that just my opinon because im black and i do work with my grandma on the farm so thats just really rude to say

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Maxxx

Posted at 5:27 PM on April 2, 2012  

Clearly Collins put a great deal of consideration into the process of establishing characters and novel history. Historically African Americans are equally likely to A. Farm and B. Reside in the South where farming is a common occupation. Race doesn’t determine occupation. Clown.

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Beverlei

Posted at 3:10 AM on April 4, 2012  

Wow, stay awake in history much? The Panem society is almost like a caste system. Lighter/ fairer on the top, darker on the bottom. District 11 was similar to plantation life, equivalent to the Blacks in Slavery, where they tilled the land (a.k.a…FARMING). So that is specifically what those characters represented, hence them both being from the same district. Even the author makes this distinction in an interview. She purposed for the characters in that district to be Black. Blacks DO farm. As I know many…being Black myself.

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helllokitty2142

Posted at 11:26 PM on March 29, 2012  

Did the people even read the book?!? They are suppose to be black!! Lenny, Dayo, and Amandla did I very good job playing the parts. I just wish people would just love other people for who they are and not because of their skin.

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Lake

Posted at 10:54 PM on March 29, 2012  

I agree, it was obvious that Thresh and Rue were what is today called ‘black.’ The narrator (Kat) dosn’t say this (“black”) outright because the dystopian setting totally denies the black/white paradigm and this type of language. Also, Kat had probably never seen people with dark skin. Rue/Thresh actually added racial harmony to the novel and I picked up on this/liked it. Rue is dark-skinned but reminds Kat of Prim because of her age/gender/innocence. Its hard to read the book and not pick up on this..

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lake

Posted at 10:58 PM on March 29, 2012  

in other words, the people on twitter upset about the casting are incredibly ignorant/stupid and must have been skimming pages

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ann

Posted at 10:41 PM on March 29, 2012  

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thatgirl

Posted at 8:10 PM on March 29, 2012  

Some people are just stupid to complain! I loved the actor and actress who played Rue and Cinna! They were awesome, i especially loved Rue! Awesome movie.

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Tina

Posted at 8:05 PM on March 29, 2012  

why do people see color..
what if we were all blindfolded?
we wouldnt even be able to tell the difference from each other. i think that the actors who played rue and thresh potrayed them amazingly. i think the movie was amazing. i think everything was amazing. even tho they left out parts they still made the movie make sense and stay true to it’s roots. it was amazing! i loved everything.. and amandla is the most adorable little girl.. i wonder how they must feel. how mean and rude people are. my best friend has dark colored skin.
i dont c color..

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Stella

Posted at 8:35 AM on March 30, 2012  

Unfortunately, it continues to stem down from their ignorant and racist parents. It’s a vicious cycle that needs to stop!!! I am a African American woman, and in my household, my parents taught us to value a person on their character, not their race. These lessons are what I passed on to my daughters and hopefully, they will pass these teachings to my grandchildren.

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Proud Brown Woman

Posted at 12:19 PM on March 30, 2012  

Actually, it’s important to see color. It’s part of our personal beauty. The trick is to not think that a color different than the one we have is bad. Got it?

–A proud woman of South Asian descent who loves her brown skin. ;)

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True-too

Posted at 12:33 PM on March 30, 2012  

EXACTLY!

 
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Rae - Without the Sunshine

Posted at 12:07 PM on April 4, 2012  

Perfect.

Simple, eloquent and true.

 
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