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Are Some Fans of ‘The Hunger Games’ Racist?

Rue In The Hunger Games
Lionsgate Films; TheHungerGamesmovie.com

I admit, I have not seen the movie, but I have read the book.  Also, in the spirit of true disclosure, when I was reading the book, I did think of Rue as white, and her companion Trench as black.  I did expect a little more from “The Hunger Games” fans . . . if only because being a “Hunger Games” fan means you know how to read, and people who read tend to be a little more tolerant.

But there are apparently a lot of people complaining on Twitter that the characters Rue and Thresh are BLACK in the movie. Not only does this show that there’s still plenty of RACISM in America . . . it also shows that there’s still plenty of STUPIDITY too, because going back and re-reading Rue’s description in the book, it is incredibly obvious that she is black.  Rue is described as having, quote, “dark brown skin and eyes” . . . and Thresh has, quote, “the same dark skin as Rue.”

Here are some of the DISGUSTING and IGNORANT Tweets collected by a site called Hunger Games Tweets: (You’ll notice that most of them are about RUE . . . only because she’s a much more pivotal and beloved character than Thresh.)

“Why does Rue have to be black?  Not gonna lie, kinda ruined the movie.”

“Awkward moment when Rue is some black girl and not the innocent blonde girl you picture.”

“Why is Rue a little black girl?  #sticktothebookDUDE.”  (They did, moron.)

Two guys who seem to be MAKING FUN of the controversy rather than actually buying into it posted very creative and amusing Tweets:

One said, quote, “I hear Donald Trump is trying to prove Rue wasn’t even born in Panem.”

And the other Tweeted, quote, “Those people were confused because Rue and Thresh didn’t wear a hoodie in the book.”

 

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