Hunger Games Stars Attacked By Racist Twitter Users

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In "The Hunger Games" by Suzanne Collins, the characters of Rue and Thresh are described as having "dark brown skin".

But it appears that some fans have overlooked this fact--or misunderstood it--and are upset that those characters were portrayed by African-American actors in the film version, and took to Twitter to voice their opinions.

One user tweeted, "I was pumped about the Hunger Games...until I found out a black girl was playing Rue."

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One tweet even referred to Rue--played by 14-year old Amandla Stenberg--as a ni**er.

While some of the tweets referred to Dayo Okeniyi and Lenny Kravitz, who play Thresh and Cinna, respectively,

The tweets became public when a Tumblr blog called HungerGamesTweets posted them, and the backlash was almost immediate. HungerGamesTweets posted a "thank you" to followers for the reduced amount of offensive tweets.

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But the fact is, a lot of people have already seen the offending tweets and are outraged.

I can't believe ppl are upset that Rue and Thresh are played by black actors in HG. Did you not read the book? http://t.co/ljlkoQ2C(image) 5 hours ago via HootSuite ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

Okay internet. Between the slandering of Trayvon Martin & the racist Hunger Games tweets, I think I'm sufficiently depressed about humanity.(image) 16 hours ago via web ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

I have now read 12 pages of that tumblr with the racist hunger games tweets. Someone please stop me before I explode.(image) 1 day ago via web ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

My faith in humanity is shaken after all those racist Hunger Games tweets... I can't even...(image) 1 day ago via Twitter for iPhone ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

Amanda Crum
Amanda Crum is a writer and artist from Kentucky. She's a fan of Edward Gorey, Hunter S. Thompson, and horror movies. You can follow her on Google:+Amanda Crum