…she was black. Jezebel has the story, about Twitter reactions to The Hunger Games movie:
But when it came to the casting of Rue, Thresh, and Cinna, many audience members did not understand why there were black actors playing those parts. Cinna’s skin is not discussed in the book, so truthfully, though Lenny Kravitz was cast, a white, Asian or Latino actor could have played the part.
Rue and Thresh, however, are clearly described as having “dark brown skin” in the books. Then there are the tweets:
That’s not the worst. That dishonor falls to “Kk call me racist but when I found out rue was black her death wasn’t as sad #ihatemyself”.
I’m not even close to coherent on this. I haven’t been since I saw the F&SF crowd tweeting about this this morning. There are two things I need to say to these people, however.
The first is that the next time the public conversation turns back around to the question of whether Hollywood or other mass media is racist, you people need to get back on your little Twitters and tell the world: “Yeah, Hollywood is racist, and it’s racist because I can’t stand paying to see black people, though they pay to see whites all the time.” No more denying the problem or telling people they’re getting upset over nothing. They’re not. They’re upset over you, and they should be.
The other thing you need to know is that we live in a world in which the family of a young man who had been shot and killed searched for their son while he lay in a morgue identified only as “John Doe”, despite having his cell phone in his possession. Your attitude that black people aren’t worth as much, that their deaths aren’t “as sad” and don’t need to be taken as seriously as the deaths of people like you made that sort of thing possible.
The problem with your idea, however, is that this kid’s family did care. His friends cared. His school administrators cared. His girlfriend cared. And that, right now, puts a dead kid far ahead of where you’re going to be if you don’t find some way to fix that attitude of yours. His death was so sad it’s moved a country. Yours won’t be.