'Hunger Games' casting brings out racist tweets
Less than a week after breaking box office records by showing teenagers battling to the death in a futuristic arena, The Hunger Games is stirring a similarly distasteful battle online. It seems that some fans are questioninng why black actors were cast to play two important roles in the movie: Cinna (Lenny Kravitz) and Rue (Amandla Stenberg). Because those "fans" apparently haven't actually read the book, it sounds like.
As part of a discussion on racism that's all the rage online right now, E! Online quoted one person who got onto Twitter to proclaim, "why does rue have to be black not gonna lie kinda ruined the movie." Never mind that in Suzanne Collins' book, Rue is described as having "dark brown skin and eyes." But there's more where that came from: "EWW. rue is black?? I'm not watching," tweeted another.
Other people second-guessed the casting of Kravitz as likable stylist Cinna, tweeting, "cinna and rue werent suppose to be black," before adding, "why did the producer make all the good characters black." As if black actors were unlikable. This seems to be a real trend, but conveniently a lot of this casual racism has been deleted from the Twitterverse, once the entire world found out what awful people these folks were. You'd think this would have been settled back when the casting was announced months ago -- and by settled, we mean the racists would been found out by now.
And be sure to note that the casting of blond, fair-skinned star Jennifer Lawrence as the dark-haired, olive-skinned Katniss Everdeen has seen nary a complaint. We guess a little hair dye is good enough if you're a racist.