Some people are more than a little upset that Rue, Thresh and Cinna from The Hunger Games are Black.
Often times when reading, people will get a very distinct picture of a character in their heads. For a number of people who read The Hunger Games, their mental images didn’t include Black people. Now they’re mad that Suzanne Collins and producers added some color to the cast for the film adaptation.
"Im still pissed that rue is black. Like you think se might have mentioned that…?" @LexieBrowning tweeted. The thing is author Suzanne Collins did mention it in the The Hunger Games. In fact, Rue is described as having "dark brown skin and eyes."
Thresh is described as having the same color skin, but Cinna’s race was not explicitly stated in the book.
Lexie isn’t the only that’s mad about Lionsgate putting Black people into such important roles. In fact, the tumblr Hungr Games Tweets has assembled a collection of racist tweets aimed at Amandla Stenberg (Rue), Lenny Kravtiz (Cinna) and Dayo Okeniyi (Thresh).
Among the more relatively innocuous of the shocking tweets was one person, who stated, “Awkward moment when Rue is some black girl and not the innocent blonde girl you picture."
Another tweeter, @abimaxwell_I said that Rue was "too black for what I pictured." Conversely, another tweeter said that Rue was not Black enough and they were disappointed that casting directors "didn’t really take it all the way to black."
@maggie_mcd11 wrote, "why does rue have to be black not gonna lie kinda ruined the movie." The account has since been abandoned by the original user, but it’s been taken over by a comedian who now pokes fun at the offending tweet.
@Jashperparas at least seemed a little disappointed in himself for his racism. “Kk call me racist but when i found out rue was black her death wasn’t as sad #ihatemyself," he tweeted. However, @Cliff_Ford_Kigar got explicit, tweeting, "Sense when has Rue been a n!@ger?"
Upon learning that Amandla Stenberg was playing the endearing character @Joe_Longley wrote, "EWW rue is black? I’m not watching."
"I was pumped about the Hunger Games. Until I learned that a black girl was playing Rue," tweeted someone with the Twitter handle @JohnKnoxIV
The tumblr has even inspired social commentary in the form of a comic strip, which you can read below.
Despite disappointment from racist fans of the book series, The Hunger Games still did well in the box office. It brought in a little more than $152.5 million opening weekend.