‘The Hunger Games’ Racism: Fans Express Disappointment Over Casting For Rue, Cinna

   on March 27 2012 1:46 PM

Some fans of The Hunger Games are not thrilled with the idea of black actors portraying characters from the books on the big screen, and they're tweeting all about it.

An article published by Jezebel pointed out the racist remarks posted on Twitter by fans of both the books and first movie adaptation. The comments were seen in a Tumblr called Hunger Games Tweets, according to Jezebel.

The remarks primarily concerned actors Amandla Stenberg, 13, and Lenny Kravitz, 47, who play the characters of Rue and Cinna, respectively.

The response to the racist comments was quick.

Fans expressed support for Stenberg (the hashtag #LeaveRueAlone popped up) and Kravitz, as well as actor Dayo Okeniyi, who is also black and played the character Thresh.

I never thought that race would really matter when it came to watching a 12 yr old being slaughtered in a book-to-movie depiction, one woman tweeted.

I feel do bad for #AmandlaStenberg she did a great job and ppl are idiots, tweeted another.

Comedian Paul F. Tompkins tweeted the following: Should I see the Hunger Games movie? Bear in mind I haven't read the books and I'm not a tween racist.

The film made $155 million in the U.S. during its opening weekend, which made it the third biggest weekend debut since Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 ($169.2 million) and The Dark Knight ($158.4 million), the Associated Press reported.

The movie received big praise from the book's author, Suzanne Collins, who is white.

I'm really happy with how it turned out, she wrote on the movie's Facebook page. I feel like the book and the film are individual yet complementary pieces that enhance one another.

The film opens up the world beyond Katniss' point of view, allowing the audience access to the happenings of a place like the Hunger Games control room and President Snow's rose garden, thereby adding a new dimension to the story. 

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