On Twitter, Hunger Games Fans Demand To Know Why Black Characters Are Black - COLORLINES
“Why does Rue have to be black not gonna lie kinda ruined the movie,” wrote Maggie McDonell on Twitter. Dodai Stewart pointed out on Jezebel.com that two of the characters people have taken to Twitter to complain about how dark they are is exactly how Collins, the author, imagined. On page 45, Collins describes the character Rue, for the first time: “And most hauntingly, 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. Collins goes on to describe Thresh: The boy tribute from District 11, Thresh, has the same dark skin as Rue, but the resemblance stops there. He’s one of the giants, probably six and half feet tall and built like an ox. “Call me racist but when I found out Rue was black her death wasn’t as sad,” wrote Jasper Paras on Twitter. He added the hashtag “#ihatemyself.” Variations of the same prejudice tweets have been collected at HungerGamesTweets.tumblr.com.
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