Remember the quote, “Reading is fundamental?” Well, apparently, that tidbit of knowledge totally skipped some fans of the Hunger Games.

Over the weekend, the film raked in a boatload of cash, pulling in $155 million in just a matter of days. While many were lining up to compare the film version to the Suzanne Collins book, others just couldn’t understand why some of the film’s main characters were black.

On the completely brilliant tumblr site Hunger Games Tweets, one fan decided to highlight some of the racist comments some viewers tweeted after watching the film. Apparently, these folks just couldn’t handle the fact Rue, Cinna, and Thresh were played by black actors…despite their descriptions in the book.

While Cinna’s race isn’t talked about in the book, as Dodai Stewart of Jezebel points out, Rue and Thresh are characterized as having “dark skin.”

Collins describes Rue, played by Amandla Stenberg, as, “A twelve-year-old girl from District 11. She has dark brown skin and eyes, but other than that’s she’s very like Prim in size and demeanor…”

And she describes Thresh (Dayo Okeniyi)  as, “The boy tribute from District 11, Thresh, has the same dark skin as Rue, gut the resemblance stops there. He’s one of the giants, probably six and half feet tall and built like an ox.”

Despite Collins’ descriptions, some fans seemed to have conjured up images of blonde, blue-eyed people for these characters and are upset about their casting.

While some may brush off their idiotic tweets as, well, stupid, it hints at a train of thought that says that black folks are somehow less valuable, and even less “innocent” as our white counterparts. And seeing the tweets about Rue’s death being more palatable because she was black?? It’s no wonder folks like Oscar Grant, Aiyana Jones, and Trayvon Martin’s lives are discarded so easily.

What do you think? 

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  • Logic

    I’ve read the book and all characters in the movie are portrayed exactly as they are in the book. Rue’s character IS black and if these illiterate racists couldn’t figure that out from the description of her having brown skin and curly hair, then there’s just no hope.

  • Alison

    In the book ” The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins, It clearly states that Rue and Thresh have darker skin. To make such a comment about that is upsetting. I mean is this what we want our kids growing up in? The only difference between us is the color of our skin. You may say they talk different or act different, but thats the way they were raised. I know several whites who wear there pants below the their butts. Who are we to judge? Do we have the right to put people down like that? I know me saying something may not help, but i’m tired of hearing the negative comments. If you feel like you are going to use your words to hurt other, think again, because im sure that there are words to describe you too.

  • Jay

    I was going to see this movie but because of all the hateful inciteful comments by these bigots I have decided to not support this film with my dollars.

  • shy kendrick

    This is soooo sad like seriously come on guys i freakin cried when Rue died honestly i also did picture her being like white with light brown hair (must have not noticed tht part in the book) but who cares? she looks just as innocent probably even more so and is just as adorable as some of you probably imagined ALSO wtf? is wrong with u guys? when did Rue become a nigger? seriously have a little respect. (this comment was dirrected at the ppl who posted thos tweets)