Dear People Who Are Complaining About Certain Hunger Games Actors’ Skin Color

Dear People Who Are Complaining About Certain Hunger Games Actors’ Skin Color,

You are entirely ignorant on several levels.

First off, since you had some preconceived notions about what the characters should look like before seeing the movie, I’m going to assume that you have read the book.  Considering this fact, I am shocked at some of the comments that have been made about the race of Rue, Thresh and Cinna in the movie.

Let me clear something up for you: Rue and Thresh were both black in the book.  No, really.  Here’s a quote from when Katniss is watching the reapings in other districts:

And most hauntingly, a twelve-year-old girl from District 11. She has dark brown skin and eyes, but other than that, she’s very like Prim in size and demeanor.

And, again, when Katniss is in training:

She’s the twelve-year-old, the one who reminded me so of Prim in stature.  Up close she looks about ten.  She has bright, dark eyes and satiny brown skin…

And about Thresh:

The boy tribute from District 11, Thresh, has the same dark skin as Rue, but the resemblance stops there.

Suzanne Collins wrote the above words in the very book upon which the movie you’ve been  complaining about is based.  If you are on the side of the few who thought “dark brown skin” meant “tan”, let’s not forget than Katniss and most of the people from the Seam have olive-toned skin.  She would have probably mentioned the similarity rather than emphasizing how dark the District 11 tributes’ skin is.

Also, Katniss explicitly states multiple times the Rue’s stature, her size and her demeanor remind her of Prim – not her actual appearance.  Nowhere is it stated that Rue is blonde, white, has blue eyes, or looks exactly like Prim.

As for Lenny Kravitz playing Cinna, I’ll admit it wasn’t my first choice.  But that had nothing to do with Kravitz’s skin color.

The book does say the Cinna has brown hair and green eyes.  But that’s all.  And, while it would be rare for Cinna to have dark skin and green eyes, it’s not out the realm of possibility, and it’s certainly nothing to complain about.

Quite frankly, I find your lack of critical reading skills appalling.  Beyond that, I can’t believe that this topic has become a springboard for such hateful words to be slung at actors because of their skin colors.  The fact that the actress who plays Amandla Sternberg is black did not affect her ability to act as a charming, adorable and convincing Rue.  Dayo Okeniyi was an excellent Thresh, and it had nothing to do with his skin color.  And Lenny Kravitz did a good job as kind, calm Cinna, even though ethnicity isn’t fully explored in the book.  The actors performed wonderfully and their skin color – whether it was what you had pictured or not – did not affect this.

I hope you all figure this out soon.





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