A Few Incredibly Racist ”Hunger Games” Fans.
Over the March 23rd-March 25th weekend, “The Hunger Games” was a box-office juggernaut that broke all sorts of records. But for some fans, the movie didn’t adhere closely enough to their imagined world of the book — specifically when it came to the skin color of some of the characters. Now before we delve into this issue, let me say personally that I despise when producers changes characters….
When Katie Holmes was switched with Maggie Gyllenhaal in ‘The Dark Knight’, I was a bit disappointed, because I didn’t feel as much of a connection with character, all I could think about was the switch. In the upcoming monster movie collaboration ‘The Avengers’, Edward Norton has been replaced by Mark Ruffalo, and I got drunk one night and expressed my discontent with this on twitter. However, I understand why they changed the actors, and I just have to deal with it. A while back, in the Bay Area, I noticed a bit of an uproar when the film ‘Green Lantern’ was approaching because the main character was white. Given my skin color, I still was unapologetic when explaining to angry fans that the black Green Lantern (John Stewart), wasn’t having his race changed, they just chose to tell the story of Hal Jordan. It’s not a racial issue, and there is NOTHING wrong with that. But some ignorant fans of ‘The Hunger Games’ seem to have tripped themselves up on a few details in the new movie that just have me downright perplexed.
Three major characters in the film are black — Rue, Thresh, and Cinna. The books themselves, set in a post-apocalyptic future, don’t use specifically racial terms at all, providing only a description of characters from Katniss (the main character’s) point of view:
There you have it, descriptions IN THE BOOK of the physical look of the characters in question.