So recently there's been a huge dispute in the media about the Hunger Games that's been driving me crazy. When dumb racist people are handed a dangerous tool like the internet (both racists white and black ... yes, those exist), shit goes down. Dumb shit. Like the type of shit that makes you want to drop a bomb on the entire multiverse to make sure you've rid it of idiots and morons.
So let's start off with white racists, since obviously they're given more attention by the media. These cretins make every white normal person look more ridiculous than a surfing moose. When the casting list for the movie was released, which included the rolls of Rue, Cinna, and Thresh these red-necks took it and ran like The Flash. Among many other offensive tweets, I've managed to record some of the following (btw, these were taken from Yahoo! News, just posting my opinion about them):
~ "why does rue have to be black gonna lie kinda ruined the movie."
This was one that was actually made into a particularly funny scenario. Reasonable people who actually accept all races and varieties of people started making counter tweets particularly circling this comment. It's almost turned into a meme. Basically, the formula is: "Why does ______ have to be black not gonna lie kinda ruined ______". Some examples were "Why does Frederick Douglass have to be black not gonna lie kinda ruined abolition" and "Why does the Harlem Renaissance have to be black not gonna lie kinda ruined the New Negro Movement". It's fun coming up with those; if you come up with some creative ones, sound off in the comments below. Anyway, back to people being obnoxious:
~ "Awkward moment when Rue is some black girl and not the little blonde innocent girl you picture."
... Did this person read the right book? Rue was described as having "dark skin" and "brown hair". This in no way says blond white girl. And why can't little black girls be innocent? I don't understand..?
~ "Kk call me racist but when I found out rue was black her death wasn't as sad. #ihatemyself."
... You should hate yourself! How does a person's skin tone change the emotionality of one's death?! To even say this is completely absurd, and to act like this is appropriate to tweet in public is completely beyond socially unacceptable. The color of Rue's skin didn't change a thing for me. Her death was still a sad one, as was Thresh's and even Cato's. These are children forced to kill other children, and as much as I joke around saying that there should be a real life Hunger Games, at the end of the day, it's still wrong. As a species, humans are supposed to look out for each other, and pitting our youth against each other has a certain negative effect to our natural purpose, which is to successfully reproduce. Anyway, ... I digress.
As for Cinna? Well, I'll admit; I didn't picture him with dark skin. This was my Cinna:
I don't know this actor's name, but if you've ever seen Wizards of Waverly Place back when it was fairly new, he's from the episode "Credit Check", where Alex gets an internship with a fashion magazine. Anyway, obviously my Cinna was nowhere close to the one in the movie. But the awesome thing is Lenny Kravitz (actor who portrayed Cinna) totally had me sold on the movie's interpretation. As I said in my review of the movie, the actors were phenomenal. It's all about seeing things from a different prospective...
Now I'm going to move on to a ... softer(?) topic; the racists who are black. These are the people who cry fowl on every single production, project, art, etc. that a white man or woman makes. They originated the infamous "It's because I'm black" phrase. The interesting thing about this group, though, is that I feel like they don't get recognition from the media as "racist", even though they can be. Now, I'm white, and to be honest, my father and sister are racist, however I'm not. When I say racist blacks, I have to be very careful where I tread, because I myself talking about this topic can be like walking blindfolded into a minefield, especially since I'm not black. I'm not saying people who want equal rights for black people are racist or wrong, because truthfully everyone should have the same rights as their peers. Racist blacks are the ones who get upset at every single minute detail and try to make the producer seem racist from it. For example:
The winner of the 74th Hunger Games is obviously Katniss Everdeen (Sorry if I just spoiled anything for you, but seriously, how hard was that to figure out? There are two sequels, so she's obviously going to live, or at least to the end of the last book. I digress...). There are a group of people saying "Thresh and Rue didn't win cause they're black" and even statements as incorrect as "Of course the black tributes die first." Thresh and Rue were not the first to die, for your information; Thresh made it into the last four, and Rue was pretty darn close herself. So the latter statement is completely inaccurate. Regarding a black winner to a year of The Hunger Games, there's actually video proof of such an event occurring. In the reaping scene, when the government is showing their Hunger Games video, a District 11 victor is seen on the screen, thus a black victor of the Games. Statement disproved.
Segueing from that evidence, I'd like to point out the last issue on my list of idiotic allegations brought to us by the internet trolls. There are a huge amount of people accusing Collins (the author of the trilogy) of being racist because District 11 is primarily black. I'd like to point out the flaws in this thesis since it's obviously false. In the books, we know that District 11 is located in the South. It is geographically correct to say that more African Americans live down south than anywhere else in the country for obvious reasons; it's a proven fact. This is a clear, simple, and straight-forward answer of the ethnicity of District 11. Another fantastic point; who's to say the Capitol isn't racist? Who's to say that the Capitol, when Panem was first being formed, didn't racially segregate the Districts? Who's to say what happened in America before the apocalypse? What if there was extreme racial tension and more African Americans migrated to the South, or Caucasians moved out of the South? Collins has not yet come up front and said this herself, however she has not yet invalidated this argument, therefore it wouldn't be incorrect to assume such events occured.
Anyway, I'm sorry I had to give the idiots the spotlight once again. It's just been festering in my mind for so long and I had to get it off my chest. The lesson here is to not be racist and to have an open imagination when it comes to analyzing anything. Hope you have a great weekend!
Peter, The SteamWorks