Thursday, March 29, 2012
'Hunger Games' Success Marred By Racism
What should have been a celebrated, record-breaking opening weekend for the latest tween book-to-screen sensation 'The Hunger Games' was negated in my eyes by the continued ignorance of racism. I mean really, people, what year are we in?? Are we still going there??
What is very disturbing is that it is mostly young people making these disgusting comments. At the center of the controversy is the character 'Rue', who in the book is described as being dark skinned. What does that description mean? I think it means Black, maybe Native American... maybe.
So to the filmmakers charged with making the movie version remain as true to the book as possible, it would make sense to cast a Black girl in the role of the dark-skinned character, right??
Not to some of these ignoramuses. The comments made on Twitter.... (TWITTER!!) took me back to the history books and what I've read about slavery and the Civil Rights Era. I won't even re-write some of the garbage that was written in a public domain where "followers" could read the bigotry. Instead you can read the article here .
Most of these morons have since deleted their accounts or made it private. You can delete the words, but the sad part is the thought will remain in your minds and hearts. I mean to have one idiot say that she was shocked that 'Rue' was a little Black girl instead of the blonde she pictured? Did she even read the book??
How about the jerk that demanded that the filmmakers "stick to the book". They did, dumbass!
It's 2012, man. There are laws against this now. I never thought I would see in my lifetime such outward racism written and spoken in a public forum.
I'm at a loss...