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I recently read a disturbing article on JEZEBEL detailing a series of distasteful comments on Twitter by supposed ‘fans’ of the Hunger Games. Now these ‘fans’ of the books were pretty sure that some of the key characters in the first book and one female character, Rue, in particular was not meant to be…Black. They took to their social feeds and spouted no more than 140 characters of vitriol nonsense and evil.
Yes. SERIOUSLY. The fact that the book clearly describes two of said characters as dark-skinned and leaves one other (played by Lenny Kravitz) racially ambiguous is clearly a fact these readers did not pick up on or refused to. The fact that one Twit chose to say that the death of one of these characters was ‘less sad’ , after it was revealed that the character was Black, is disturbing. The fact that another chose to decry the filmmakers ‘choice’ to make ‘all the good characters Black *smh’ is sad – and the fact that almost all of these revolting tweets came from the accounts of young people under the age of 30 is scary. Really scary.
I would have thought that the younger generation were of a more acceptable and open-minded disposition compared to those 2 decades and above older than them. The article goes on to mention that despite the quality of the film and the box office breaking takings it earned before it was even released, that the viewers chose not to merit the popular book adaptation but ignorantly targeted 13-year-old Amandla Stenberg (featured image above, and is of both Caucasian and Black heritage) who plays Rue in the film adaptation, as a N****r and subsequently lambasted that the racial choice ‘ruined’ the movie.
I can and can’t believe it. Social forums are so intrinsic to our daily lives that it has, sadly, become the best and first way of establishing contact and maybe even retaining relationships. So with all this hate that may have once been clandestine or kept at a certain level of obscurity we now are exposed to a world-wide platform of unmoderated views. Where people once chose to at least hide behind their avatars and numerical usernames, they are now spouting hate using their real accounts – we can only take it as a positive thing that articles like the one in the Guardian are questioning the legal consequences to do so. It’s just sad that it has to happen at all.
This book regardless of its dystopian (irony to be inserted here) setting is about the fight for humanity, the kindness of strangers in a world ruined by technology, scared of nature and the triumph over the very ignorance that these so-called ‘fans’ of the books are choosing to share. Needless to say after the majority of these idiots were exposed – an army of true fans and disgusted people took to their own accounts to reprimand each naysayer. Many of them have since deleted or blocked their accounts. It’s just worrying that these kind of thoughts are still spreading amongst youths today.