Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Racism and the movies
I read the books- they are fantastic. I have seen the movie- it is fantastic.
However, wouldn't you know that people have taken something that should have been wonderful and fun and twisted it in to something ugly.
There are two characters in the movie, Rue and Thresh, who are Tributes from District 11. In the movie, they are portrayed by black actors.
Let me start off by saying both people do a stellar job with their parts. Thresh especially fit exactly what I was expecting out of him, even though he and Rue are not in the movie very much.
Apparently some of our narrow-minded nation has flocked to Twitter and other social media to complain that the two characters are *gasp* black. Never mind that the author writes about them having "dark skin". I guess she didn't spell it out enough for these people. One wrote that "Ugh, they made Rue black. Now her death has no meaning."
Yeah...read that again. Because this little girl is black, her death is meaningless.
That's probably not what this teenage idiot meant. More than likely, she meant that she was so distracted by the difference in the Rue on the screen and the Rue in her head that it robbed the little girl's death scene of it's emotion because she couldn't just get over it. That is not, however, what she said.
Other tweets of note:
"Ewwww rue is black?? I'm not watching,"
"Why did the producer make all the good characters black?"