The first chapter of the Hunger Games trilogy made to to screens in a critically-praised, hugely-successful adaptation, but it's not all smiles for some fans whose Peeta posters are flanked by Confederate flags and unfocused rage. They are very upset about there being black people in their Hunger Games!
As depressingly documented by HungerGamesTweets, many racist fans of Suzanne Collins' books are apparently tweeting their fury over the fact that the actors who played Rue, Thresh, and Cinna are black and, in one instance, Lenny Kravitz. Though (as related by Jezebel) passages from the novel describe Rue and Thresh as having "dark brown skin"--Cinna's skin color is never mentioned--these people are seriously P.O.'d that this description was not interpreted as "dark brown skin (for a white person, obviously)," and they're making no secret of the shameful subject of their wrath.
In the eyes of one terrible person, the movie was basically ruined because someone she did not imagine as black ended up being black. Terrible Person attempted to explain:
why does rue have to be black not gonna lie kinda ruined the movie
Wow, she is awful! But not as awful as this guy, who questions whether or not he is racist just for saying a super-crazy racist thing:
call me racist but when I found out rue was black her death wasn't as sad
"Oh, does shrugging off the death of other races make me racist? Huh, guess I am. Well, then, in retrospect, I should have probably put a #spoiler tag before telling everyone about both the death and my being a racist, then. Sorry, everyone."
Then this other absolute piece of shit said:
Sense when has Rue been a n****
Because that guy is like, "Fuck you, previous racists, I am so much worse at spelling AND being a human being!"
Sadly, that is only a very small sampling of the crazy person tweets accurately labeled with a #racist tag on HungerGamesTweets. If you have the free time and the drive to lose even more faith in humanity, go ahead and do a little browsing. What better way to momentarily distract yourself from the nation's current, serious discussion about race and murder than with this other, stupider discussion about race and murder and if Lenny Kravitz was the right casting choice?