The Hunger Games Fans: How Dare You Trick Us Into Caring About a Little Black Girl?

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March 26, 2012 ‐ By

Source: Screen Rant

I don’t have to know anything about the Hunger Games to know that it’s leaving its mark on American culture in some huge ways. This weekend, the movie made the third highest-grossing debut in North American box office history raking in $155 million. It’s also exposed something we knew was true about black men, women, and children in real-life but apparently also carries over into fictional cinema—we cannot be innocent, good, or cared about instinctively.

I know nothing about Suzanne Collins’ novel except for the fact that the book has cultivated a Twilight-Harry Potter-cultish-like following of which my little cousin is a part of. As is expected with diehard fans, there are going to be indiscrepancies between the way they visualized things in the book and how they are portrayed on film, but I don’t think anyone expected so much outrage over the character of Rue, played by Amandla Stenberg, a biracial black girl.

Call me crazy, but if I’d read page 45 of the novel and saw this sole description of Rue, Amandla is exactly who I would have expected to see on screen:

“…And most hauntingly, a twelve-year-old girl from District 11. She has dark brown skin and eyes, but other than that’s she’s very like Prim in size and demeanor…”

Apparently for “Hunger Games” readers, dark brown is like the “I’m the same color as you” comments I get from white people during the summer when they come back from an island vacation and think we’re skin twins. They thought Rue would be a dark-skinned white person, and to say they were disappointed that Rue was played by a black girl would be an understatement. The Tumblr Hunger Game Tweets, set up to expose people who talk a bunch of ish but aren’t really fans of the book, as evidenced by their lack of knowledge, caught a startling number of angry responses to Amandla’s character that weren’t just about being shocked that she was black, but more so her blackness changing their entire opinion of the character and the movie. Tweets ranged from:

“Why does Rue have to be black not gonna lie kinda ruined the movie” to

“I was pumped about the Hunger Games. Until I learned a black girl was playing Rue” to

“Kk call me racist but when I found out Rue was black her death wasn’t as sad. #Ihatemyself” to

“Sense when has rue been a n***er” I don’t even have time to go into all that is wrong with that statement.

The viewers weren’t too thrilled about Lenny Kravitz playing Cinna either, although since his dark skin wasn’t mentioned in the book, they weren’t totally blindsided into liking a black person. As for another character named Thresh, there apparently was no clue he’d be black either, despite this description: “The boy tribute from District 11, Thresh, has the same dark skin as Rue, but the resemblance stops there. He’s one of the giants, probably six and half feet tall and built like an ox.”

Another tweeter sent this reaction on the collective inclusion of black characters:

“Cinna and Rue weren’t supposed to be black. Why did the producers make all the good characters black smh”

The most ironic twist in all this discussion is when it comes to the lead character Katniss no one has said a word. That’s most likely because the producers cast a blonde-haired, blue-eyed girl by the name of Jennifer Lawrence as a character that was described in the book as having olive skin and straight black hair. To their credit, they did manage to dye her hair dark— it all sort of reminds me of Elizabeth Taylor and Angelina Jolie playing Cleopatra. The lack of outrage over that change proves this argument is not about incongruences, it’s about the inability for black people to be seen as anything but villains in real life and in cinema.

What’s worse is we talk day in and day out about how we need to change the images on the screen. We need more positive images of black people, we need to be seen in leading roles, but will it make a difference? If we’re talking about black films the people who need to see these images likely won’t even bother to watch the movies. And in this case we see that having positive images didn’t challenge any of the viewers internalized ideals about black people, it simply made them view the portrayals as unrealistic, even making them angry that they had somehow been tricked to care about a little black girl when they didn’t think she was a little black girl. If we can’t soften the youth when it comes to stereotypes and prejudices about black people through an entertainment medium of all things, what can we possibly do that will make a difference?

Since buzzfeed and other sites have run stories about these fans’ racist reactions to the film, Hunger Games Tweets has proudly reported that the number of tweets about Rue and Thresh being black has greatly reduced, but I wouldn’t count that as a victory just yet. I’m willing to bet those people have only stopped commenting because they don’t want to see their twitter accounts blasted across the Internet. No one has had a sudden change of heart about the audacity of movie producers invoking sympathy for a black character. Of course, the fans’ reactions aren’t totally startling considering all that’s going on around us in black America today, but to say they’re disturbing, yet sadly, somewhat expected, would be an understatement.

Are you familiar with The Hunger Games at all? Do you think having more positive images of black characters in films is really the answer in situations like this?

Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.

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  • Guest

    What i find unbelievable about this, is that people still have these kinds of opinions about the race of an actor/actress so strongly, that it affects their opinion of the books. i thought more progress has been made in america.

  • sameera

    i didnt know it was like that. i didnt know white people actually still think like that. but obviously they do and it is terrible so sad. i grew up in a home where that doesnt matter my mom taught me skin color doesnt matter. i am of mixed race. but it makes me so sad inside that people actually value the life of a little black girl less than that of a white girl. what makes white ppl so much better. nothing bc we all are the same. we all hate we all love we all laugh. we all bleed the same damn color. but i have to remember one thing ignorance is where racism comes from. i dont surround myself with ignorant people so i dont need to worry about having racist ppl in my life.

  • Trololol

    I thought Rue and the people from that district were Arabic. The book said dark brown but the person playing rue was light brown. They should have used an Arabic.

  • Tina

    When will racism end? There are so many classy African American people and there are also classy white people – but people are always stereotyping. Both sides have to stop hating. Liberals have to stop saying Republicans are racist. Abraham Lincoln was a Republican. Yes. There are white people that “think” they hate black people and there are black people that “think” they hate white people. However, when you put one white person and one black person in a room together, they will get along just fine, as long as they both have some class. I live in Tampa, which is most of the time, equated to being in South Florida, and I constantly hear people making fun of Southerners, calling us dumb rednecks. That is such a stereotype and frankly, I’m sick of it. It’s hateful and it perpetuates hate. Hate has to end on both sides of the fence or the tennis match of hate will go back and forth indefinitely. I used to “think” that I hated all black people because growing up I was sent to an almost all black school – when bussing white kids out of their district was mandate. I was mentally abused and assaulted by black kids all the time, but then I grew up and realized that their are good African American people in the world. Hate begets hate. Those black kids were obviously projecting their angst onto me caused by hateful white kids. Luckily, I broke the cycle and can see the big picture now. I really get so angry when some white liberals accuse only white rednecks of being racist. There is racism and hate everywhere and a lot of people calling themselves liberals are perpetuating it. A lot of them feed the flames. Things are not black and white. What do you think a redneck is? A white toothless barefoot person that cannot speak proper English living in a trailer? Actually, that’s just a poor white person that was not given a fair shot in life. Anyway, I could go on and on and on. Everyone needs to STOP!!!! Wake up tomorrow with a smile on your face and say Good Morning to your neighbor. Black people, if one white person does something of illwill, please don’t equate that to the entire white community as being racist. White people, if a black person has a bad attitude, please don’t equate that as all black people hating white people. What we need is a good alien invasion. Yeah, I think some evil aliens invading our planet, would make all the races come together. Also, don’t be a humanist. All this talk about racism, what about people just being nice and polite, period. People don’t even know how to be nice to their own race. Sheesh!!!! How about we teach each other to be kind, period. Nobody ever discusses how horrible it is when people are just plain rude. Ok, and enough with the self righteous bumper stickers. Yeah, you know who you are. Don’t preach to us with your bumper stickers like you’re so much better than everyone else. The other day, this girl with a Coexist bumper sticker on her car cut me off in traffic. Seriously? You don’t even know how to be a nice person, and you’re trying to preach to everyone about the different religious sects living in harmony. Ok, I’m done.

  • Golddoesnotglitter

    It’s sad to know what this world is like. Being honest I’ve never liked a lot of white people (even though I’m one of them) because of their unrelenting ignorance and arrogance towards any other ethnicity or skin color, as has been evidenced throughout history. I mean, has there really been so much progress since the 50’s and 60’s? We like to say there has, to make ourselves feel better, but I really don’t think that’s the case. People are people, no matter what their skin color is; when will we whites fully realize this?

  • Fordchristinaj1

    So sick how people can be so racist

  • Chamariat1

    wowww y do ppl always hate when it comes to black people being in a movie who eva thiz is should be ashamed 

  • http://www.facebook.com/johnnyhedwards Johnny Edwards

    I saw the movie and never read the book.  I really don’t see what the big deal was.  The girl had a cute innocent character that had nothing to do with race.  She was a very likable character.  I don’t see why people are getting upset about it.  I mean, what’s more important, the character of the person or the color of their skin?  Well maybe I shouldn’t ask that question, I may not like what I get as an answer.

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  • MARA JONES

    YES AND JUST LIKE THE BIBLE THE BOOK DOES NOT STATE THAT JESUS WAS BLACK BUT IT DESCRIBES JESUS AS HAIR LIKE LAMBS WOOL AND FEET AS BRASS. THINK ABOUT IT YOU RACIST AS WHITE FUCKER WHO ARE SOOOOOO IGNORANT. I WISH I COULD BE STANDING AROUNDING AND LOOKING AT THE  SHOCKED LOOK ON THE FACES OF RACISTS WHITE PEOPLE THAT DAY WHICH IS SIMPLY CALLED JUDGEMENT DAY!

  • GuillermoGage

    This topic is waaay old, people have been bitching about this on Internet Land well before the movie came out, back when Amandla Stenberg was cast. You are WAY LATE to the PARTY on this one.

    It was very obvious TO ME that Rue was a black kid when I read the book.

    And your article headline is super accusatory. No one is mad that they were “tricked” into caring for a black character. They just happened to ignore that part of her physical description.

  • Roxibaby789

    I see alot of George Zimmerman’s family watched the movie…smh

  • Guestfillet

    Those haters need to find the nearest cliff and kneel down and say a prayer for their forgiveness… smh….

  • CUlaw

    Honestly, from the description of Rue given in the book, I truly expected her to be much darker than Amandla Stenberg.  So for those who were offended that Rue wasn’t white, let’s call it a draw shall we? (just kidding of course).

    But on a much more serious note, I can only imagine how little 13 yr. old Miss Stenberg must be feeling in the wake of these tweets and other comments.  I sincerely hope her parents are guarding her from the sting of cruel and insensitive words.  As a biracial woman myself, it can be awfully tough being made to feel as if neither race “wants” you.  Personally, I think Miss Stenberg did an amazing job in the movie and she was every bit as likeable on film as her character was in the book. #NOH8

  • A R Goodness

    I have read all three books more than once while waiting for the movies to come out.  This story takes place in post-apocalyptic USA, so did they think that all the black people were killed during the revolution?  I thought it was kinda funny that all black characters were from the agricultural district where they worked in fields and lived in shacks, but nonetheless it a fun series to read.  

  • Ebonydiva82

    It’s not the answer for racist bigots but it is the answer for us black folks. Regardless of some people’s negativity, we need to make Hollywood create roles which show us in a positive and heroic light for our own good. We need to know that we don’t have to play the villain, drug dealer, prostitiute, abusive parent, good-for-nothing s.o.b. (which is too often associated with us) to get roles in movies. 

  • Naewerd

    yo wtf! i didn’t even care about skin color i thought it was great there was so many black people. we trying to win and they hating. WE ARE NOT THE VILLAINS. WE ARE ALL HUMAN BEINGS. *life blown momentarily*

  • Shirley

    REMEMBER…SUCCESS IS THE BEST REVENGE!!!

  • Tanya

    It is time for Hollywood movies to move beyond the ghetto-zation of black people in films because we are a part of every class group in this country. Unfortunately, some people are only use to and comfortable with seeing black characters in one particular type of film and become upset and shock when we move beyond the stereotypes they prefer. The black characters in Hunger Games are a leap forward and we need to see more of the same in the future, we also need to support these movies by buying tickets. 

  • bits

    as a black actress and a member of this racist society i honestly believe that in general people are very naive and willing to believe anything they see on the news or in movies as the truth. i think that if more movies depicted black characters like they depict white characters in these countless romantic comedies, action flicks etc…that it would gradually and inevitably change the way shallow people view not only the black race but other races of color as well. if i see another all white cast on a sitcom or a romantic comedy released in the movie theater i might hurt myself. smh.

  • Smacks_hoes

    I could careless…why are people even surprised when they hear a racist remark? I don’t understand? Do you think everyone in the world is nice and sweet with loads of compassion and live for other people? are we seriously that naive? This world is messed up you guys so get over it. but I agree it was obvious that she was
    black in the book and the movie is great…screw the ignorant folks and their silly remarks. No one cares what they think so next..

  • Kirsten_brown69

    If the character is described as black hy is a biracial girl playing her?….. How is someone biracial and black?

    • Davis

       Cause she ain’t Puerto Rican that’s why. And to the eyes of the world she is black which is why some of them are so mad. I’m black/biracial and I play black roles in  plays because that’s who we are racially, culturally and historically.

  • cabugs

    This is beyond sad. I am one of those people who always gives people the benefit of the doubt and may look the other way or ignore underhanded comments or actions that appear to be racist because I just feel that I may have misinterpreted them or whatever. This is a wake up call (for me especially) that a few very ignorant Americans (I’m guessing the tweets were by Americans since the movie was released here first) still exist. It makes me incredible sad to know that someone actually tweeted: “Kk call me racist but when I found out Rue was black her death wasn’t as sad. #Ihatemyself”. What is wrong with the human race? Where do people learn this hatred from? Wow. I really understand what some Black Americans are so angry about. Being a black immigrant (I moved to the U.S.) living in some suburb, I feel like I actually haven’t faced a lot of discrimination in America, so sometimes it was hard for me to relate to accounts of very serious and overt racism that some Black Americans experience; even though I always empathize. 
    It’s as though White America is blind to their privilege. So I wonder, did this tweeter consider all the “mainstream” movies that audiences across America go watch – movies full of white actors and actresses that Blacks, Asians, Latinos, Native Americans, and Whites alike see – and are captivated, moved, saddened, enlightened, filled with joy, by the characters despite the color of their skin? I cried when I watched Titanic, I laughed when I watched Mean Girls, I laughed and cried when I watched the Notebook; and not once did I think for a second that any moments of these movies were compromised nor did I feel less moved because the actors and actresses were white. WOW. I still cannot believe it, honestly. This really shows the extent to which actors and actresses from racial and ethnic groups besides White are TRULY underrepresented (understatement) in the mainstream and how some whites really view other racial and ethnic groups as “other” while they are the standard; otherwise it wouldn’t be so “SHOCKING” that one of the main characters of a book is a cute little biracial (black/white) girl! Especially since apparently, the novel describes her skin as “dark brown”! My goodness.
    p.s. Of course there are good and bad of every race; even every person has a good and a bad side, and it sucks that these few ignorant tweeters may make a whole race look bad.

    • Barnes4975

      Yeah they leave racist comments but most of these white women want black men and biracial kids. I just dont get it.

    • sameera

      i loveeee what you said . very smart you are! bc thats how i feel when i watch movies the color of skin never comes to mind. i feel what the makers of the movie want the audience to feel. i laugh i cry. skin color doesnt affect my mind but i guess its just how i was raised. i wasnt raised to hate.

  • guest

    All my friends and I thought that the best casting in the whole movie was rue and cinna! They are perfect representations of Suzanne Collins characters! smh

  • Alyse

    OMG! I cried when Rue died and it didn’t matter to me whether her skin was dark or light. I read the books and I thought Amandla Stenberg did an excellent job portraying Rue! People need to stop hating because everyone in the movie made the movie to be what it was (a great movie) not just one person or race.  

  • DoinMe

    HA!! And people think racism is over. SMH. America has brainwashed non-blacks so much that they can’t imagine blacks as “good characters” and when they do see us in this way, they can’t handle it. I’m betting that the ticket sales will drop drastically now that the word is out. Some people were even pissed that Lenny Kravitz played one of the characters.  
     

  • RUEFORTHEWIN!

    I think it is completely ridiculous to hear all these comments about Rue being black and her death not being sad because she is black. Black people are awesome! They can be good or bad, just like white people can be good or bad or like mexicans can be good or bad. People need to grow up and realize that there is not a difference in rights between races, we are all equal and no one is better than anyone else because of their skin color.

  • L-Boogie

    I have to see this movie.  Hopefully, I have the time.

  • FromUR2UB

    Narcissists forever. Never able to enjoy anything unless they’re made the centers of attention, the featured heroes, the most admired, envied by all.

  • Dana

    This just proves that people DO NOT READ AND COMPREHEND!  Rue was clearly described as a black character in the book.  Now, just because you visualized a white girl and didn’t get one doesn’t mean the producers effed up.  It means you need to go back and re-read the series.

  • Cleo

    Racism is a part of life and it is not going away period so we need to succeed in spite of it and irregardless of what people say and think. Hopefully, this film will be a starting point in the way Hollywood views its black characters.

  • Isabella

    They didn’t read the books because the author clearly stated that they were African American. The problem is that people aren’t use to seeing black people in these kind of major roles because we are usually killed off near the beginning of the movie. But this is something the close-minded ignorant people are gonna have to get use to and if they don’t Fu*k them! I’m laughing at those jealous stupid comments because they aren’t going to change a thing and the characters are here to stay whether they like it or not. These kind of people are use to seeing us in negative roles playing the typical downtrodden ghetto character and when we play the reverse of that image some people can’t handle it, too bad ain’t it. Just goes to show you how desperately Hollywood needs to change in their portrayals of black people.

  • Kelly

    Wow. Another instance that makes me reeally embarrassed to be white. What morons. I apologize for the stupidity of a large portion of my race.
    I LOVE the hunger games, and I’ll admit, I totally missed the part in the book in which Thresh and Rue were described as having dark skin, but I was GLAD when I saw the actors they chose for the movie. I had this weird idea that Panem (the country HG takes place in) was all white, and it was just strange, so I was relieved! I know I can never make up for what some ignorant, awful white people do, but I hope this apology can help a little…
    Oh and the little girl who played Rue is amazing. She was PERFECT! I cried when she died, and I didn’t do that when I read the book!

    • Guest

      Thanks for spoiling the ending.

      • Guest

        But, thanks for the comment. The fact that you didn’t realize the race when you read the book points to another problem too & is worrisome & shows that what pops into people’s minds what away and what is ‘normal’ is white. 

        • Kelly

          I actually missed a lot of things when I read the series because I was so eager to find out what happened, which is why I went back and read them all a second time :) 
          And in my defense, I didn’t think that everyone being white was normal, I thought it was weird, like I said I was relieved when I realized I had missed that part of the book and that I was wrong.

    • Tina

      I like what you’re trying to say here, but do not think you should have typed “large portion of my race”. It’s NOT a large portion. Comparatively speaking, it’s a small portion of ignorant people on both sides of the fence.

  • Dspeak08

    This article made a great point: 

    “We need more positive images of black people, we need to be seen in leading roles, but will it make a difference? If we’re talking about black films the people who need to see these images likely won’t even bother to watch the movies.”

    This is an example of why we shouldn’t care what people think. We live in a society that has been conditioned to believe that black people are crime committing, lazy, violent, crass individuals. In my opinion America depends on us not to properly educate ourselves outside of the watered down curriculum. They won’t tell you that during slavery times the west African woman introduced rice to american agriculture. That’s why it is so important that we educate our family and friends on what’s real cause white racist america isn’t making it a priority to highlight black achievements. I love being black and I love my black people, ain’t no white person opinion gone change that. but change needs to be made in our community, our kids need to believe they can do it and if they work hard and get a education NOBODY can deny them. In 2012 lets be the counterargument to the bullshit.

    • Smacks_hoes

      Agreed

  • really???

    what i’m wondering is, where are the white  women who have biracial daughters who sometimes comment on here? nothing to say on this particular matter?

  • Deejen12

    Wow that’s sad that people are crying about the characters being black and its funny that you state, ”
    And most hauntingly, a twelve-year-old girl from District 11. She has dark brown skin and eyes, but other than that’s she’s very like Prim in size and demeanor…” Ok how is that not a clue that this character is not African american ?! Maybe people misunderstood when they were reading, but I’m going to get my copy of the series and watch the movie its looks great regardless of race

  • JN31

    Why give this ignorance anymore publicity.

    It’s a bunch of nerds complaining. The same ones who try to make me believe Star Wars and Star Trek  isn’t the same thing.

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  • jackieOsassin

    i actually liked the casting, my beef is with the hurried nature of the film. straight bullsh*t.

  • Live_in_LDN

    There’s a correlation between racism and illiteracy? Who knew?

  • Ladybug94

    I’ve never heard of this movie until it came out.  I absolutely hate the storyline.  Kids killing kids.  I can’t get into that and can’t understand how anyone could.  So I know I will not be watching it.

    • Choclitcandeegirl

      You need to read the story-it was to punish the districts that rebelled against oppression, and to keep order by installing fear into the masses.

    • Galepete@gmail.com

      Who cares i watched it and i <3 it bye

  • Liliah

    I love this ish yes thank you jesus for making facebook and tweeter public cuz now white peoples racist minds are exposed including their real names, great way for whites to mess their jobs and lives up making a great opportunity for blacks to take their jobs and delete them as friends.. Employers are now checking social websites to see peoples true colors..

    • Kennedy

      Uhmmm. I beg to differ on this statement. White folks aren’t ruining their lives or risking job less. If they lose their job…employers will politely plug another white person in the role. Racism was justified then and it’s justified now! I think the bigger picture here is that we need to stop worrying about white people and focus on critical issues that are ruining the livelihood of the African American family. Let’s look at how there isn’t a big out cry when young black babies gun other young black babies down in cold blood. Are mothers taking the time to find good fathers to raise young men? Are mothers and fathers exposing their children things outside of the neighborhood? I’m just saying we have much more to worry about than white people exposing themselves as a racist.

      • Guest

        I agree with you except for one thing. Are good fathers available?? I’m just saying. It’s not totally a women’s responsibility to find a great father. We should hold the expectation that boys won’t grow to cowards, but men responsible for their immoral actions. I mean don’t we need more male leaders?? You sound like you should be volunteering for a Big Bro program, but leave those one-sided comments about the responsibility of raising a Black child only being for mothers. Cuz no one woman WANTS to do it alone.

        • Kennedy

          I happen to think that there are good fathers available and it is absolutely a woman’s prerogative to do her best to find a man who will potentially be a good father, the same for men finding a woman who has the potential to be a great mother.

          Secondly, I did mention fathers somewhere in there…maybe you missed that point. And oh, let me direct…we need less Baby Mommas and Baby Daddy’s.

          You talk about more male leaders? Which is exactly the
          point that I was making about finding good upstanding men for your children.

          Oh and yes, I volunteer with 3 different youth organizations to help make a difference. I hope you’re volunteering as well, since you mentioned needing leaders.

          • Guest

            As a matter of fact I am. That’s why I suggested it. I disagree with you very much about good fathers. The amount of single parent households, which are usually women, says otherwise about how the men in our community have been stepping up.

          • Guest

            Like I said, no woman WANTS to do it alone. Trust.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/TheSapphireEmpress96?feature=mhee A.J.

    These so-called fans obviously aren’t the brightest.  I could tell that Thresh and Rue were Black from reading the book as well.  But I agree that there is a deeper issue here, that of not showing sympathy for someone, even a child, once they find out their skin color.  No wonder our society is so messed up.  Ironically, in many ways, Panem seems like a better alternative.

    • Guest

      Wow!! You are so right. You’re so right, I can’t even add anything. Damn!

  • Blackrussian77

    I have read the books and love them. It is a clue of the world that could come but thats another topic… As soon as u read the book you should know Thresh and Rue were black! It is clear that district 11 is “black” they look exactly as I pictured. The people who are shocked are clearly dumb and looking for any excuse to voice their racist thoughts. Smh!!

    • JB

       I’d have to agree. I am still trying to wrap my head around why it even matters – even if the author didn’t clearly state them a certain way (which she did) – why would it matter? I think as you said, it’s an excuse for racist people to cry out their idiotic opinions.

      And since I’m posting, I hope people know that not all white people are racist.

  • tval

    The media always makes villains out of black people, especially men. You always see in missing persons reports on the news they are always white women and little girls. What does that tell you. 

  • Ms_Sunshine9898

    What is wrong with these fools? I read the book and the characters were described as black far as I’m concerned. SMH and white people keep telling me that racism is all in our heads. . . .

  • Jackson Aziza

    As a reader of The Hunger Games and a self-appointed know-it-all and all-around badass, I can say that Rue and Thresh were described as “dark-skinned” in the book. Rue is described as having “thick” hair. Sounds like a sista to me. But you know white people and their imagination #kanyeshrug

    • sameera.hinton

      true thats why jesus looks white in their imagination. when clearly in the bible jesus is middle eastern . a man that looks like an arab. im not arabic but i still know jesus looked like an arabic man. i dont say jesus is my skin tone just bc i am my skin tone. if that makes sense lol

  • Guest

    I read the book before I saw the movie. I always thought Rue and Thresh were black based on the author’s descriptions. It’s crazy to hear why some other readers were so taken off guard by it.

    • sweettea

      I read them all too and i expected those characters to be black. How eles could you interpret the discriptions given

      • Pris

        The same way THEY interpret Jesus as having blonde hair and blue eyes regardless of the fact that Jews didn’t look like that. As far as white people are concerned everything is interpreted in relation to THEM. 

    • Candice Rivera

       I read these books and it was VERY obvious that most of the people from Rue and Thresh’s district were all black as well. Keeping with common theme of the people in each respective district resembled each other.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1415696195 Calandrial PhoenixRising Afriy

    My daughter and I enjoyed seeing this movie Saturday morning.  It was really good.  Can’t wait to see the second movie in this trilogy.  If I consumed myself by focusing on each and every negative, crass comment that was made about black people or minorities – I wouldn’t be living my life and nothing is stopping me. 

  • Dcarter910

    This is the ish I am talking about!!! All those black people out there that hate conservatives because they are coined as racist need to check out your liberal friends. I had to explain to someone one time….. in the conservative south a white person will look you in the face and tell you they dont like you, but in the liberal north/west cost they will give you this beautiful plastic smile as they tightly grip their pepper spray and have 911 on “all numbers” speed dial. Most white people racist (period)!

    • ktd

      Sounds like you’re racist too so they seem to be in good company.

      • Mark012479

         Maybe you should look up the definition of racist before tossing that word out there.

        • Fordchristinaj1

          I’m white and I agree with youDCarter. it’s ignorant of people (any race) to act in that manner.

  • Davan Ward

    I’m just going to sit back and eat my popcorn while the Kumbaya negroes come along and try to reason away this ish. “Not all white people are hateful and racist.”  Riiiiiiight just the whopping majority are…lol. 

    • Smacks_hoes

      Lol black people are racist too…let’s not start pointing fingers

      • Ebonydiva82

        Also true. I’m sure that a lot of black people could care less about a white character in a movie dying as long as the black one survives. It’s common to have more sympathy for those reflecting our image.

        • sameera

          that is true. to me i relate to germans most bc i am german on my mothers side . so if a german died in a movie i would feel sad about it more than i would if an american in a movie died. so i guess its the same thing. i relate and feel more attatched to germans than i do anyone else. even a german person i dont know but come across in america i connect with bc we are here far away from home just like me and we just connect.

          • ani

            you’re an idiot. and so is this comment.

      • GG

        Shut up SMACK_HOES when u see us going on twitter cussing them how they cuss us stupid fool

  • Mls2698

    America The Beautiful. Not! Racist Americans are going to “out” themselves by going on websites talking ISH. Everyone just needs to keep in mind that the same people who are sending those tweets are YOUR co-workers!

  • Guest

    Now that the main characters are black – I am so going see this movie. And who gives a dayum about the cave races opinions? 

    • Thelo

      That’s right!!! Support all movies that feature black characters in a positive way!!! Money talks and if we support these movies Hollywood will take notice and make more movies like that.

    • FromUR2UB

      That little girl was in ‘Columbiana’ too.  Her part in that was pretty good.

      • Lopez

        Yeah, but it looked weird when much darker and afro looking Zoe played her as an adult. They looked nothing alike.

        • Guestfillet

          when i was a child aged until about 10 years old i had straight smooth hair with a small curl… then as i started going to secondary school my hair progressively got curlier and curlier and my skin colour changed as well… i was darker as a child… and i have never used skin lightening creams/ lotions nor have i ever processed my hair… so its very very very possible to change over time especially if you take a look at people’s family tree… please appreciate the beauty and extreme diversity that is the African race… it’s very very possible!

        • Joshiscoolisnthe

          I’m going to have to disagree with you Lopez. I’m biracial (Afro-Caucasian) and I get really tan in the summer. I used to have really loose curls when I was young and now have tighter curls than anyone in my family also the darkest skin now too.

  • Kristina_S2

    Can’t win…smdh. I had no knowledge of this, thanks for reporting.