Racist Hunger Game Fans Mad Over Black Characters
1 year ago
Several tweeters express disappointment with color of Katniss' skin.
The film, which grossed $155 million in its opening weekend with fans waiting on line for days for tickets, saw a bunch of so-called fans on Twitter furious over the casting of Katniss in the movie.
But what made many wonder what these fans were thinking was that Katniss, in the book, was described as having "brown skin" as were numerous other characters.
When it came to the casting of Rue, Thresh, and Cinna, many audience members did not understand why there were black actors playing those parts. Cinna's skin is not discussed in the book. Lenny Kravitz played the role of a character that could have been of any ethnicity., though Lenny Kravitz was cast, a white, Asian or Latino actor could have played the part.
Here are two excerpts from the book talking about both Rue, Thresh and Katniss.
Katniss sees Rue for the first time: "And most hauntingly, a twelve-year-old girl from District 11. She has dark brown skin and eyes, but other than that's she's very like Prim in size and demeanor."
Katniss sees Thresh: "The boy tribute from District 11, Thresh, has the same dark skin as Rue, but the resemblance stops there. He's one of the giants, probably six and half feet tall and built like an ox."
The Hunger Game Tweets tumblr page caught these offensive remarks and went on to expose these "so-called" fans who probably never read the book.