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."
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.
But the fact is, a lot of people have already seen the offending tweets and are outraged.
Okay internet. Between the slandering of Trayvon Martin & the racist Hunger Games tweets, I think I'm sufficiently depressed about humanity.
I have now read 12 pages of that tumblr with the racist hunger games tweets. Someone please stop me before I explode.
My faith in humanity is shaken after all those racist Hunger Games tweets... I can't even...