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Racist Online Attacks On ‘Games’ Stars

March 27, 2012 by staff 

Racist Online Attacks On ‘Games’ Stars, LionsgateAny adaptation from book to movie is bound to rile up fans. The casting of black actors in “The Hunger Games” has spurred some negative tweets — even though at least two are true to Suzanne Collins’s 2008 book.

The frenzy has focused on three characters in particular: Rue (Amandla Sternberg) and Thresh (Dayo Okeniyi), the child tributes from District 11, as well as Cinna (Lenny Kravitz), the stylist assigned to Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence), the movie’s archer-heroine. In a curious twist of reading comprehension failure and racism, a few tweets have made the public rounds:

“why does rue have to be black gonna lie kinda ruined the movie.”

“Kk call me racist but when I found out rue was black her death wasn’t as sad. #ihatemyself.”

“Awkward moment when Rue is some black girl and not the little blonde innocent girl you picture.”

The casting issue surfaced late last year, after the character posters were released. Racialious guest contributor noted the reactions posted on “The Hunger Games” Facebook page: “Everything from the innocuous ‘She’s not how I pictured her’ to ‘I was all sad and like ‘she’s black!’”

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