Disappointed Fans Fire Racist Attacks to 'Hunger Games' Cast on Twitter

March 27, 2012 06:42:26 GMT

Some bigoted fans of the Suzanne Collins bestselling novel express their disappointment over Amandla Stenberg's casting as District 11 young tribute, Rue.


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In the middle of the good news that "The Hunger Games" has opened to a record-shattering result this week, there have been several unpleasant issues that were sparked by some fans of the original Suzanne Collins book. Several devotees, who were disappointed by Gary Ross' decision to cast Amandla Stenberg as Rue, have fired a number of racist attacks on Twitter.

Those bigoted fans were upset because Rue, who is described as having "dark brown skin" in the book, is portrayed by an African-American actress. A female fan complained, as pointed out by Jezebel, "Why does Rue have to be black? Not gonna lie kinda ruined the movie." Another fan wrote, "Why is Rue a little black girl? #sticktothebookDUDE."

More racist tweet came from a fan who posted, "Why did the producer make all the good characters black?" Another person wrote, "I'm still pissed that Rue is black", while there was also someone who tweeted, "Ewwww Rue is blac?? I'm not watching." One other Twitter user added, "Awkward moment when Rue is some black girl and not the innocent blonde girl you picture."

Decrying the racist attacks wave phenomenon is a Tumbler blog called "Hunger Games Tweets", which clarified that those harsh reactions "are all based on feelings of disgust." The blog added, "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... This is a BIG problem." Representative from the movie has yet to make a comment regarding the issue.

"The Hunger Games" has been playing in the U.S. theaters since March 23. On its debut weekend, the movie grossed a massive $152 million, making it the third biggest opening of all time after 2011's "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II" and 2008's "The Dark Knight". It also becomes the greatest debut ever for a non-sequel title.

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posted by rue4ever on Apr 06, 2012
What the heck! What does it matter the skin color? She played it great and she was not described as blonde. Deal with it. WHy is everybody so racist? I don't even get why. It's so lame. People! Really! Get a life or get with it!
posted by tiredofuracistbastar on Apr 02, 2012
Smh Wth is wrong w u racist bastards y wud u attack an innocent goregous lil girl that did an amazing job n the movie, its a shame that we deal w this bs still n 2012,the same way u bastards felt Wen kanye interupted Taylor dane at the awards, u all str8 up bitches!
posted by jh on Mar 29, 2012
oh my...fans these days....
posted by Truthful on Mar 28, 2012
This is outrageous that some won't go see the movie because a black girl played rue. In the book it never said anything about her looking exactly like Prim, it was her innocence and age that reminded Katniss of Primrose. People this is 2012 so what others have darker skin color get over it cause it isn't going anywhere. Grow Up or Shut Up.
posted by Outraged on Mar 27, 2012
Racists!. This is EXACTLY why we have the issue with the killing of Trayvon Martin in FL.
posted by bennie on Mar 27, 2012
"DARK BROWN SKIN" dafaq else were you expecting? an desi girl?!?!?!?

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