'Hunger Games' fans tweet displeasure over black actors
"I was pumped about the Hunger Games. Until I learned a black girl was playing Rue," was one tweet posted on Tumblr.
March 27th, 2012
07:00 AM ET

'Hunger Games' fans tweet displeasure over black actors

(CNN) - You can't please everyone when adapting a book for the big screen, especially one as beloved as "The Hunger Games," but director Gary Ross and the casting team likely weren't anticipating this.

According to Jezebel, there appears to be a group of fans who are displeased that black actors were cast to portray Cinna (Lenny Kravitz), Rue (Amandla Stenberg) and Thresh (Dayo Okeniyi). While Cinna's complexion isn't described in the novel, author Suzanne Collins does describe the latter two characters as both having dark skin.

As chronicled on the Tumblr "Hunger Games Tweets," it seems some readers either didn't pick up on the description or didn't read the description as depicting two African-American characters, and as a result have been vocal about their disappointment.

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  1. rtimi

    I think the ranting is coming from their imagination of what the person should look like while they read the book. I can understand if this made them think otherwise. But truly your imagination is your just as the directors imagination is his. I actually liked that it was portrayed the way it was.

    March 27, 2012 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  2. Adrian

    Well, damn, apparently black people are welcome anywhere in this country. Ya'll don't want us in your movies, we definitely aren't welcome in Sanford, Florida. If i actually cared what "others" thought, i think i would be offended by this story. But why would i give creedance to the opinions of a bunch of losers with low-self-esteem and no social skills, who sit around all day and play games in virtual worlds, while dressed up like characters out of these books while hiding behind avatars on social media to make racist-themed comments. GTFOH~

    March 27, 2012 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
  3. Jorge

    Well, you know that some of these fankids are overgrown, pimply teenagers from cultural backwoods bedroom communities, the kind who are taught the bluebird/robin thing in Sunday School to justify segregation, who get moralistic, fundamentalist ranting for s-e-x education in school and end up in their late teens/early twenties with an unplanned child, living with their in-laws or in a tiny dwelling by the tracks with a broken-down car and faded kiddie toys out front, so comments like that really shouldn't be a surprise.

    March 27, 2012 at 7:55 am | Report abuse |