Based on its weekend box office take, looks like I may be the only person who has yet to see
Battle Royale Hunger Games or read any of the books so I can’t comment on the “authenticity” of the casting. But others don’t seem to have that problem as you can see (WARNING: minor spoilers ahead especially for those of you who thought the cast of the movie was White):
It seems some “fans” of the book were upset that Black actors were cast in the roles of Thresh, Cinna and, especially, the “adorable” Rue. BTW, this is Amandla Stenbery who plays Rue in the film and she looks pretty damn adorable to me:
Well, a tumble site called Hungergamestweets, which exists to “expose the Hunger Games fans on Twitter who dare to call themselves fans yet don’t know a damn thing about the books”, has collected a number of these “racist” tweets (some of which I’ve posted below). And as it turns out, the characters that are Black in the film are actually fairly accurate when it comes to syncing up with the book’s vision. Here’s a description of Rue from the novel:
…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…
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.
Still, that’s not enough to convince some “fans” that “dark skin” equals Black ‘cause obviously dark-skin usually means…uh, white skin, right?:
Damn, who did you expect–Dakota Fanning? Oh, I guess so:
Check out some of the other tweets below and as for the very blond Jennifer Lawrence playing the “black-haired” and “olive-skinned” Katniss and the mostly absent Asian population in this post-apocalyptic future? Uh, well…uh…anyone know a tumblr page you can direct us to?