I have yet to even watch The Hunger Games movie, and yet somehow this is third article we’ve published related to the cult-novel-film. The first was a hilarious parody video about a Hunger Games Board Game, the second was a gallery of the 100 sexiest Jennifer Lawrence photos on the interwebs, which means we only have one of two other genres of viral media left to cover- racism and inspiration. That’s right boys and girls, for something to be viral on the net it has to be one of those four things- funny, sexy inspirational or racist… or all 4 (see Sarah Silverman).
So we are obviously talking about racism here, and what does racism have to do with the Hunger Games movie? Well in the novel Suzanne Collins describes two characters, Thresh (Dayo Okeniyi) and Rue (Amandla Stenberg), as “dark brown skinned” members of District 11, known for it’s agriculture. Some fans read that to mean “really tanned White people” while others read it to mean exactly what Collins intended it to mean with utmost political correctness as ”ethnic people,” which could be Hispanic, Black or South East Asian, among other things. This all would have been a simple misunderstanding dispelled by seeing the live-action characters, but for the fact that some Hunger Games fans lost their shit on the Twitter Machine, and could not help but share their outraged and racist remarks.
The Tumblr account, Hunger Games Tweets, is dedicated to collecting such Tweets, and responding to the Tweeters. They’ve started their own anti-racism movement among Hunger Games fans, many of whom have been inspired to police the community for racism on their own. Hunger Games Tweets does not simply post the Tweets, but they include hilarious responses as well, encouraging followers to Tweet at racists, as well as educate Tweeters on their blatant idiocy. In many cases they explain that some Tweeters simply did not read page 45 correctly (above); they’re racist because they think Black cast members ruined the movie; they’re racist because they associate innocence with “Whiteness”; and they’re racist because in their minds a person of greatness cannot also be a Black person- this does not compute.
This gallery of Tweets is just one great big face-palm-moment. The Tumblr blog itself has hundreds of Tweets that range from confusion, to exasperation, to straight up racism, and I have collected 40 of the more racist-leaning Tweets. These people need to chill the fuck out! (What do you mean these people?)
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