Friday, March 30, 2012

'The Hunger Games' elicits racist reactions

Amandla Stenberg
Although certain characters in the Hunger Games are obviously black based on their descriptions in Suzanne Collins novel it seems that white movie goers were dismayed at seeing their favorite characters portrayed by black actors. This doesn't say much for racial issues in this country or much for reading comprehension either. George Cook Read more below:

Last Friday’s highly anticipated release of the movie ‘The Hunger Games” pulled in a cool $155 million and delighted moviegoers nationwide. But for some fans, the casting people of color in key roles was a disappointment.

Fans went straight to the Internet to express their outrage that two of the main characters Rue and Thresh, Amandla Stenberg and Dayo Okeniyi respectively, were African American. Some also were disappointed that Cinna, Katniss’ stylist, was played by Lenny Kravitz.

In her book, Suzanne Collins clearly describes Rue and Thresh as having dark brown skin and dark eyes. Cinna was described as having green eyes and short brown hair, meaning his ethnicity was open to interpretation.

Read more here Watching ‘The Hunger Games’ through a racial lens

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