You would think the fact that The Hunger Games absolutely smashed box office records during its opening weekend would make fans of the book have nothing but good things to say about the adaptation of Suzanne Collins' YA phenomenon, but, as we have seen numerous times before, a few racist fans have attempted to spoil the whole thing. According to Jezebel, a number of fans have voiced their displeasure over the fact that the movie cast the character of Rue (played by Amandla Stenberg) as an African American instead of a little white girl.
According to the site, the book describes Rue as "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 demeanorâ€¦" But for some reason, certain fans of the book were shocked to see Rue as a black girl up on the screen, despite the fact that she is clearly described as having dark skin in the novel.
The Tumblr Hunger Games Tweets has compiled tweets from various fans around the 'net that have slammed the movie for featuring a black actress as Rue. One Twitter user claims that it "kinda ruined the movie," while another asked, "why did the producer make all the good characters black smh." But no tweet compares to the one that just bluntly says, "Kk call me racist but when I found out Rue was black her death wasn't as sad." These profiles have since been deleted.
We would expect to see these types of comments on Twitter if the late Strom Thurmond had embraced social networking, but we thought fans of The Hunger Games would be a bit more accepting than this.
[via Jezebel, Hunger Games Tweets]