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"Yes, There Are Black People In Your Hunger Games: The Strange Case Of Rue And Cinna"

by Tambay A. Obenson
November 15, 2011 11:11 PM
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And let's not forget Thresh too, right?

I thought this piece posted earlier today on Racialicious was a worthwhile read.

Here's a snip:

Last week the Hunger Games character posters were revealed to fans.

There were the usual complaints of actors not meeting book loyalist expectations. However, among the usual complaints of “She doesn’t look as young as I thought” or “Where are Effie’s pink curls?” There was a different kind of shock and surprise toward Rue & Cinna, who will be played by Amandla Stenberg and Lenny Kravitz, respectively.


Rue is pretty clearly described as African-American which has been confirmed by director Garry Ross and author Suzanne Collins.


So then, why did comments like these show up on the Hunger Games Facebook when Rue’s poster was posted? (SPOILER ALERT:...)

You can probably guess what follows, but, like I said, it's all worth reading anyway; you'll probably sigh several times; maybe you'll laugh too. Or you could be indifferent. For the rest of the story, go HERE.

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  • cccc | November 26, 2011 4:10 AMReply

    Don't want to see a film about teen hunger. Teens are stupid.

  • Karl c | November 16, 2011 11:44 PMReply

    No one hates Blacks more than young white people. They're in direct competition with us. These young whites have no moral baggage, or concept of history. To them it is "unfair" to even describe people by race. The world is colorblind, all playing fields are level. Putting Black actors in these roles is taking jobs away from deserving white actors, just to be politically correct.

  • Nikki | November 16, 2011 12:10 AMReply

    It was pretty obvious from READING that Rue and Thresh were Black. Cinna wasn't described in great detail, but as someone else said anyone could've been cast. Shrug it's not that interesting, but it's sad that the people who made those comments are from the younger generation.

  • JMac | November 15, 2011 11:24 PMReply

    Put me in the not surprised box.

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