Where there’s smoke, there’s fire. And where there’s money, there’s controversy. The Hunger Games is rolling in the dough at the box office, making more money than any other movie on its opening weekend not starring Batman or Harry Potter, but the controversy du jour has to do with race.
In the wake of some very disturbing, and very real, questions about race in America in the news, these Hunger Games related tweets went out over the interwebs last weekend:
“why does rue have to be black not gonna lie kinda ruined the movie.”
“Kk call me racist but when I found out Rue was black her death wasn’t as sad”
“why did the producer make all the good characters black”
“Awkward moment when Rue is some black girl and not the little blonde innocent girl you pictured”
Where’s Jeff Foxworthy when you need him? “If you’re disappointed because your favorite Hunger Games characters are black, and you tweet about, you might be a red neck!”
Laying aside the fact that if you read the book it clearly describes Rue as being black, if you’re arguing that Rue’s death wasn’t as sad with her being black, yeah, I’ll take you up on your offer and call you a racist. And if you pictured Rue as a little blonde haired white girl, you clearly need to go back to Grade 3 and work on your reading comprehension.
At least the actress that plays Rue, 13-year-old Amandla Stenberg, hasn’t had to be exposed to the… Oh, f**k it! Of course it’s gotten back to her, and she’s been forced to release a statement:
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.
Stay sweet Amandla. Don’t let the haters get you down. Maybe some words of support, from the girl that tried to kill you with a knife in the movie can cheer you up.
Kidding. Here’s what Isabelle Fuhrman (Clove) told EOnline:
I think Amandla was fantastic in it, and she’s so beautiful. She’s exactly how I imagined her to be.
I think it’s just terrible. She’s such an amazing actress and she’s so sweet. I guess people read things differently and imagine things different, but I think she was the perfect choice for Rue.
So people, I know where called Nerd Bastards, but maybe we can work hard on educating the actual Bastards.
Source: The Mary Sue