Post # 1
So I have seen several articles today about how many people have been complaining about the casting of Rue and Thresh. As someone who read the books I can attest that in the book Rue and Thresh are both described as having “dark skin.”
I think it’s rather disgusting that in 2012 people would say things like this. Is anyone else bothered by this? Or did these things “ruin” the movie for you like it apparently did for so many other people?
Here are some of the articles that I’ve seen.
Post # 3
I didn’t click on the links, but srsly? I would have been annoyed if they hadn’t been black! When I read the books in my head, they were both black, as was most of their district.
Maybe the same people who have a problem with something like this just happen to also be bad at reading….ignorance across the board FTW!
Post # 4
These people must not have read the books or at least not very closely. I thought the casting was perfect except for Peeta.
Post # 5
It is absolutely disgusting. Obviously their reading comprehension of those complaining is very low. I hope all the attention to their comments make them realize how ignorant they sound.
Post # 6
@mixtapehearts: Agreed. I envisioned Peeta being bigger
Post # 7
I JUST CLICKED ON THE FIRST LINK. Someone was LESS SAD about Rue’s death because she was black? No wonder these people can’t read, they’re complete morons.
@mixtapehearts: Ugh, I know. Wasn’t he supposed to be big and strong (and hot)? Haha.
Post # 8
I followed your Jezebel link… it is staggering how awful people can be.
Post # 9
Sick and utterly disgusting. Bet their parents are real proud… or maybe they are? Sad.
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Post # 11
@mixtapehearts: I agree Peetah was not the best choice – although he grew on me throughout the movie, so I think I will enjoy more in the movies to come.
And I just read about the racist casting remarks as well and I was thoroughly disgusted. And also shocked to be honest. Maybe I’m the ignorant one for thinking at least young people today were over the whole racism thing. Bleh.
Post # 12
@Juliepants: I read this link yesterday, and that was my exact reaction. It made me want to scream and punch someone and cry all at once.
I mean, who SAYS THAT?! It’s bad enough to think it. But to write it down and decide to post it publicly, rather than reading what you’ve written, realizing how horrible that is, and doing some serious soul-searching…
People are awful sometimes.
Post # 13
And I concur about Lenny Kravitz 🙂
And in general I thought Rue was the perfect actress for the role. I didn’t even remember what her skin color was supposed to be, but she was adorable
Post # 14
These people are ruining things. I feel bad for those actors, I thought the casting of them was absolutely PERFECT and they were totally among my favorite character portrayals by far! To the actors, who I’m sure will never see this: Hold your heads up, you were amazing, don’t let the ridiculous squabble of the minority that has been blown out of proportion influence you in the slightest!
The book says dark skinned, which in my mind is African American, but you cannot use that term in a futuristic country called Panem where “American” no longer exists!
Post # 15
Agreed. The only questionable casting choice was Peeta. Way too short for what I imagined.
And a friend of mine pointed out that everyone (Katniss, Gale, other tributes) looked very well fed coming from the poor, famished districts haha.
Post # 16
I’ve read all three books and I have no idea what the characters are supposed to look like. I skimmed some of the detail, and I probably forgot the rest. I think some people do that when they read, and then fill in the blanks with some image from their mind (which will probably reflect their life experience..).
Yeah, a friend of mine sent me that Jezebel link the other day, and those statements were shocking. :