A bunch of racist Twitter reactions to the black actors in The Hunger Games movie are making the news rounds today. To paraphrase, several people said they hadn't pictured Rue and Cinna as being black when they read the book, and it ruined the movie for them. One person went so far as to say that once he saw that Rue was black, he wasn't sad when she died.
I'm struggling to express just how angry this makes me. It makes my teeth ache.
First of all, Rue is mentioned in the book as having "dark brown skin." Were they picturing somebody with a Snookie fake tan? More likely, these mouth-breathing cretins, with their first-grade reading levels, lurched ponderously and ignorantly through the book, skipping all the words that were too hard for them (i.e., longer than four letters). Actually, no. First graders would have understood that. Jesus.
What kills me, though, is that in addition to having disgustingly racist thoughts in the first place, instead of just keeping them to themselves, these people thought it was acceptable to post them on Twitter, where the whole world can see them along with their personal information. Are you kidding me, people?
I'm glad the site I linked to above has posted their usernames and pictures. I hope these people get an earful. I'm guessing they'll never change their ways, but at least they'll get hell for it.
And now I need to go hit something inanimate.