Our society is just tragic! There was a movie that just recently came out called Hunger Games, which is based off a book written by Suzanne Collins. The movie was very successful as the book enticed many fans to go support the movie. The movie made $155 million in the first opening week! [maybe I should be going into the entertainment business verses law…] Despite the success of the movie (I have yet to go see it), I was surprised to read an article about how ANGRY the fans were responding to the movie. It wasn’t because the movie was terrible, or it didn’t illustrate the book well, BUT because of the director’s choice of casting actresses/actors!
Let me break it down for you:
As you should get from the title of Hunger Games, you can imagine that there are going to be some characters who are going to die in this movie! One of the characters who meets this terrible fate is Rue. In the book, her race isn’t necessarily stated however there are a few parts that describe her as a “dark skinned” girl. Nevertheless, most of the book fans must have IGNORED that small description and envisioned Rue to be any other race but African American. So, when watching the movie and discovering that Rue was portrayed by a Black girl, many of the fans for the movie was disgusted and upset! Many people expressed their feelings on twitter saying various things like,
“in other news, Rue from the hunger game is black…”
“is it just me that imagined Rue in the Hunger Games books to be white? Disappointed.”
“I was pumped about the Hunger Games. Until I learned that a black girl was playing Rue.”
Cray right?!!? When I read the article, tons of questions popped in my head.
1. Why did people envision the good characters to be white?
2. Why are people upset that some of the good characters AREN’T white?
This led me to believe that people living in our society in 2012 ignorantly believes that BLACK PEOPLE CAN NOT BE GOOD! Why must it be assumed that if you are unaware of the skin color of a person, and they possess desirable traits, then they must not be black?
Here’s the article to read for yourself! Tell me what do you think?!?!