In its opening weekend, dystopian teen flick The Hunger Games shattered box office records, won over fans and critics alike, and pissed off some Twitter users by casting black actors in several key roles.
We wish we were kidding with that last point. We're not.
The film's casting of Lenny Kravitz as Cinna, Katniss's (Jennifer Lawrence) stylist turned friend; Dayo Okeniy as Thresh, her fellow tribute; and especially Amandla Stenbergi as Rue, the young tribute she befriends, has apparently pissed some people off.
While any outrage over these characters being black is obviously ridiculous, it's even more absurd and offensive when you know that Rue and Thresh are explicitly described as dark skinned in the book series (Cinna's race is not mentioned). The movie didn't even change anything.
The Tumblr blog Hunger Games Tweets has collected some of the most offensive tweets about the casting, so you can easily get your daily dose of awful all in one place.
Some of our "favorite" tweets include:
"Why does rue have to be black not gonna lie kind of ruined the movie."
"Awkward moment when Rue is some black girl and not the little blonde innocent girl you pictured." (Because Amandla Stenbergi as Rue isn't adorable and innocent at all. Oh wait, she totally is.)
And of course, this absolute gem, which contains a big spoiler for the movie:
"KK call me racist but when I found out rue was black her death wasn't as sad. #ihatemyself."
We're going to go cry about the world for a bit, 'k?
Source: Hunger Games Tweets
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