“The Hunger Games” And The Racism It Sparked In Some

Where is the love?

By now you have certainly heard of “The Hunger Games” movie, if not the book series from which it is derived. But what you may not have heard about is the backlash from some of the more, shall we say, “racist” fans of the movie and book, over the casting of some black people in the movie. How dare the producers put black people in the movie and destroy the image of the perfect white world some readers clearly thought Panem, the fictional country in the book, was.

Here is one post:

Wow.

Here is another:

What were they expecting, an all-white world of Panem?

And that is not all of the ugliness. Not by far. Here is what was written on tumblr:

Here’s what scares me…

All these… people… read the Hunger Games. Clearly, they all fell in love with and cared about Rue. Though what they really fell in love with was an image of Rue that they’d created in their minds. A girl that they knew they could love and adore and mourn at the thought of knowing that she’s been brutally killed.

And then the casting is revealed (or they go see the movie) and they’re shocked to see that Rue is black. Now… this is so much more than, “Oh, she’s bigger than I thought”. The reactions are all based on feelings of disgust.

These people are MAD that the girl that they cried over while reading the book was “some black girl” all along. So now they’re angry. Wasted tears, wasted emotions. It’s sad to think that had they known that she was black all along, there would have been [no] sorrow or sadness over her death.

There are MAJOR TIE-INS to these reactions and the injustices that we see around the world today. I don’t even need to spell it out because I know that you’re all a smart bunch.

This is a BIG problem. Think of all the murdered children. Think of all the missing children that get NO SCREEN TIME on the news.

It is NOT a coincidence.

THIS is the purpose of my blog… and to also point out shitty reading comprehension. LOL

 For more on this mess, click here to read a Yahoo news story.
And I have to say what makes me sadder about all this is that most of these ugly tweets and comments were coming from young people, those folks who are supposed to be our bright future where people get along regardless of color or ethnicity. But what this ridiculous color focus does is come at a time when the reaction to a black life on screen mimics the very real ugliness and disregard for a black life in real life, the killing of Trayvon Martin. In both cases what we are seeing is that the death of a young black person, whether fake or real, does not merit much sympathy from some. Life imitating art or art imitating life. In either case this is just very sad and very stupid.
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5 thoughts on ““The Hunger Games” And The Racism It Sparked In Some

  1. This article makes me sad……and mad.
    Unfortunately, young people are learning it from others…..and I’m hazarding a guess it’s from older folks.
    My daughter is almost 25 and my son is 17. Their father is racist (he’s Italian). I’ve dated black men over the past 9 yrs and my daughter has criticized me. Every racist comment coming from her mouth is definitely from her father’s point of view. No doubt about it.
    My son is cool with it (as long as I’m happy, he’s happy). He did encounter some racist schoolmates who voiced their “opinion” to him about who I dated.
    I’ve brought both children up to look beyond skin colour and I will continue to do so. I have talked to my ex husband (their father) about his racism rubbing off on the kids but he insists that it’s “not right” to date outside of “our race”. I will continue to call our race the “human race” to anyone who chooses to make racist comments.

    • Earnest Harris says:

      You are right. It makes me both sad and mad all at the same time. And how sad for your kids to have to deal with your ex’s attitude. But thank goodness they have your example. As long as there are adults teaching kids their hatred this mess will go on and on. I really do wonder if it will ever end. I am holding out hope.

  2. Dominique says:

    Was I so out of the loop to not know people thought this way after reading the books?! The book perfectly illustrated how conforming to the rules that separate us as people, and not fighting against them weakens us as the human race. For people to have read and “enjoyed” it with it having no impact on the way they see themselves and the world is truly sad. What was then the point of such issues being so artfully presented to us? It is our inability to feel for others because they are different in some way that has allowed us to sit and watch others being tortured and mistreated with no emotional reaction. Worrying.

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