Despite all the previews, all the media interviews, and all the images that were released before “The Hunger Games” made it’s monstrous box office debut, some people were still shocked and appalled that black actors were involved with the movie.
As the Inquisitr reported earlier, Rue (played by Amandla Stenberg) and Cinna (played by Lenny Kravitz) have been the focus of racist hatred since the movie made its debut last weekend. Fans took to Twitter to say things like “awkward moment when Rue is some black girl and not the little blonde innocent girl you picture,” and “I was pumped about the Hunger Games until I found out that a black girl was playing Rue,” and “on the real though, Rue was not supposed to be a black girl.”
And those were the tame, somewhat innocent racist tweets. There were many other, much crueler things written about Rue and Cinna.
So did “The Hunger Games” give some of the white roles to black actors? Not that it matters, but it turns out that Rue was written as a black character in the Suzanne Collins novel.
“… and most hauntingly, a twelve-year-old girl from District 11. She has dark brown skin and eyes, but other than that, she’s very lik eprim in size and demeanor.”
CNN reports that Cinna’s complexion isn’t described in the novel.
Are you surprised that Lenny Kravitz and Amandla Stenberg (who by the way is just 14-years-old) have been the subject of so much hatred?