Since the release of the movie, “The Hunger Games” last weekend, there have been a lot of racial tension directed toward the three Black cast members, especially the beautiful 13-year-old Amandala Stenberg who plays the character of Rue. The film grossed $155 million thus far, but “fans” took to twitter to express their displeasure with the fact that the beloved character was played by an African American girl. Stenberg fired back at her racist haters with this classy statement Wednesday:

“As a fan of the books, I feel fortunate to be part of The Hunger Games family…It was an amazing experience; I am proud of the film and my performance. I want to thank all of my fans and the entire Hunger Games community for their support and loyalty.”

It still boggles ones mind as to why this young actress received all of this hate and criticism when it clearly states in The Hunger Games books that Rue was a girl with dark brown skin.

The teen starlets’ name means power and she has shown her strength by not letting the negative attention she’s been receiving take make her stoop down to the level of her critics or downplay the amazing job she did in the movie.

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  • Robbie

    OMG, I cannot believe what some of you are saying. As a French woman I do hear a lot about France this, France that and France is racist and France is bad. There is too many issues in the AA communities regarding color.

    That is why I cannot bother with some of you. Can that lil girl enjoy being part of a successful movie without people questioning her blackness or whiteness? She is mixed we get that so what? Why can’t she claimed both or one of the other. Both of my parents are black but my mom is from mix heritage.

    Despite that, I am a brown girl and consider myself black and nothing else even thought I can claim white heritage. My sisters are whiter than this young lady with blonde hair ( naturally not hair dyed) with green and light brown eyes. Me on the other hand, my hair came out orange which I hated. We claim being black women and nothing else why can’t we accept the fact that blacks comes in every shades of black.

    • You just said you were mixed, but now you’re black? Being black isn’t a personal choice and it does not come in all shades. Deal with it. Mislabeling is not helping blacks at all. It has gotten us nowhere.

    • CHE

      You are totally right Robbie and I embrace all Black people…Black as midnight, caramel, to lite, bright, damn near White-all the colors in my family and most other Black families.
      The one drop rule is something I claim, celebrate, and embrace proudly.

      @thevoiceofreason: youre really pressed about this issue and I wonder who made you queen or king of the Blacks with the power to decide whos in the race and the power to decide that Black doesnt come in all colors….its too late to go back boo boo…that ship has sailed-deal with it or seek therapy. You sound crazy.

    • CHE

      Colors=shades of Black.

  • Truth from Finland

    I just had to comment this.

    So called “black people” in US just dont know what average Africans look like. To me as an European it is totally clear that she is multiracial. Reason is that practicallty all people here are Europeans, Africans or biracials.

    African-Americans are almost 20% European on average. Average West-Africans dont look like you. Understand this. Some African-Americans keep saying “We come in all colors”. Its true. You know why you come in all colors? Its because you are mixture of black and white.

  • Renea

    I’m sorry, but I had to interject:

    So because she’s half Danish… you won’t defend her when racists who only SEE Black down her?

    Let’s all think about this: if the majority of all commenters on this site didn’t bother to google this young woman’s name in order to find out more about her lineage, do you really think the “twitter racists” did also?

    Oh, and since she’s “not REAL Black”, is President Obama not either? How’s about Tiger Woods? Vanessa Williams? Alicia Keys? Bob Marley?

    You can’t have it both ways. The comments on Twitter should not have been made. She handled them with more grace and maturity than most young women her age would have. As far as I’m concerned, that’s all that matters.

  • Elyse

    Personally besides Cinna, Effie, Haymitch, Gale, and Prim. Rue is one of the characters that I think they got perfect!