The Hunger Games, a teen centered post-apocalyptic movie based on the bestselling series by Suzanne Collins, opened last weekend to the delight of millions of fans. Some of those “fans” seem to have trouble accepting the casting decisions in regards to a few key characters in the story, specifically those described in the books as “dark skinned.”
Lenny Kravitz, who plays eccentric stylist Cinna, and Amanda Stenberg, who plays Rue, an integral part in the emotional arc of the story, have been on the receiving end of dozens of blatantly racist tweets regarding their roles in the movie. Despite the fact that Rue is described in the book as having “dark brown skin and eyes,” some movie goers still seemed unsure of why an African American was cast for the role. Regardless of the fact that there were several black characters in the book and film, a few have taken to Twitter to show their dismay at the casting choices.
Tweets such as: “on the real though, rue was not supposed to be a black girl” and “Awkward moment when Rue is some black girl and not the little blonde innocent girl you picture @EganMcCoy” have led one Tumblr user to start a blog collecting the stream of ignorance. The Tumblr site has provided an outlet of discussion on the issue, including those who believe that many of the tweets are not in fact racist, but merely comments on an unexpected realization.
Despite the dissatisfaction of some viewers, The Hunger Games has been an undeniable financial success after just one weekend on the screens. AP reports that the movie, the first of a trilogy, brought in over $150 million in the U.S. alone.