Amandla Stenberg isn’t sweating racist sentiments being hurled her way after her performance in The Hunger Games.
Some fans of the book series have been very vocal about their outrage and surprise that Rue was played by a Black girl. It’s important to note that in the book both Rue and Thresh are described as having "dark brown skin," which implies that they are Black without explicitly stating their race.
For her part, Amandla is ignoring the negativity.
"As a fan of the books, I feel fortunate to be part of The Hunger Games family," Amandla, 13, told Us Weekly in a statement. "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."
Dayo Okeniyi, who portrayed Thresh, has declined to comment on the backlash. Instead, he is focusing on the movie’s success and all the love he’s getting from fans. "3rd biggest opening weekend of all time. Holy Cow! Applause to all the fans yall made this happen!!" he tweeted on March 25.
Meanwhile, Lenny Kravitz hasn’t even acknowledged the racist reactions on his Twitter timeline. Hunger Games author Suzanne Collins and director Gary Ross also have yet to comment on the matter.