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#1 King-Kai
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In this episode of The Philip Defranco show, Phillip discusses a series of racist comments posted on Twitter by fans of The Hunger Games. Apparently, some fans are disappointed that certain characters were portrayed by Black actors/ actresses. These characters are Rue, Thresh, and Cinnamon. Here are some of the comments:

I know, rue is too black for what I pictured. But Peeta IS nomworthyAbi

I was pumped for the Hunger Games. Until I learned that a black girl was playing RueJohn Knox IV

why did the producer make all of the good characters black smhmari

However, these characters are actually described as Black in the books. For example:

And most hauntingly, a twelve-year old girl from District 11. She has dark brown skin and eyes, but other than that, she's very like Prim in size and demeanor.The Hunger Games

The boy tribute from District 11, Thresh, has the same dark skin as Rue, but the resemblance stops there.The Hunger Games

So, what do you think of this OT? Why do people have such a problem with this? Why do people hate Blacks so much? Discuss.

Here's another video on it.

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#2 Charazani
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You have race issues BRHD.
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#3 Pirate700
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I haven't read the books, so were the characters in them a certain ethnicity or race originally?

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#4 Ace6301
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This just in! Racists still exist.
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#5 THE_DRUGGIE
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All that aside: who the hell names a character Cinnamon if they aren't going to be a stripper?

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#6 JML897
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Yes, lots of people on twitter are dumb.
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#7 AussieePet
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I hate racist peoples

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#8 King-Kai
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I haven't read the books, so were the characters in them a certain ethnicity or race originally?

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Yes, they are. The last two quotes in the OP are from the books. They describe the characters as Black.

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#9 King-Kai
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I'm going to work for three hours. I'll be back. Chat among yourselves.

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#11 Ilovegames1992
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Its Twitter, who cares?

Its the Hunger Games, who cares?

Also, how can they be hunger games fans when they are upset by black characters in the film when they are black in the books?

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#12 muller39
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Racism exists how surprising.

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#13 almasdeathchild
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i dont see much of an issue near where i live blacks call eachother the N word all the time

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#14 AussieePet
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i dont see much of an issue near where i live blacks call eachother the N word all the time

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They call each others the N word? so they call each others neighbors?
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#15 Pirate700
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i dont see much of an issue near where i live blacks call eachother the N word all the time

almasdeathchild

What does that have to do with this thread?

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#16 almasdeathchild
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[QUOTE="almasdeathchild"]

i dont see much of an issue near where i live blacks call eachother the N word all the time

Pirate700

What does that have to do with this thread?

wups wrong thread.

but no really i was typeing whats more racists then what more or less speaking my mind like an R-tard >.>

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#17 chilly-chill
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I think it's funny :lol:
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#18 flipin_jackass
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"I know, rue is too black for what I pictured." lmao... the girl that plays her is light skinned. wtf?

I hope these aren't Marvel fans either because they'll be greatly disappointed with Nick Fury in the Avengers.

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#19 Bucked20
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I think it's funny :lol:chilly-chill
It wont be funny when a black person takes your skateboard and knock you in the head with it for laughing
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#20 almasdeathchild
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[QUOTE="chilly-chill"]I think it's funny :lol:Bucked20
It wont be funny when a black person takes your skateboard and knock you in the head with it for laughing

now now no need to get mean on the internet

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#21 Ilovegames1992
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[QUOTE="chilly-chill"]I think it's funny :lol:Bucked20
It wont be funny when a black person takes your skateboard and knock you in the head with it for laughing

Why are all blacks violent thugs?

Stop reinforcing stereotypes badman.

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[QUOTE="chilly-chill"]I think it's funny :lol:Bucked20
It wont be funny when a black person takes your skateboard and knock you in the head with it for laughing

A black person would never do that though. They'd join in on the laughter.
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#23 kris9031998
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The only weird thing about her being black is the fact that her sister, the main character, isn't. It confused the hell out of me.
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Really think there are bigger issues in the world than the casting of a silly movie.....
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#25 Xx_Socrates_xX
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Cinnamon? :lol: It was Cinna. But both Thresh and Rue were portrayed as African American in the book. Cinna, I thought was white. This is just another sad example of idiotic bigotism.

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#26 Blake135
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Errr I thought some of the characters were described as *black* in the books ?..I dont even..Really ? People are that wtf worthy that they complain over some characters being a different race in a movie..my god.

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#27 pierst179
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Wow, I did not know people were overreacting over that. I mean, the book is quite clear in their description, and even if it wasn't, that should not be a issue.

I am disappointed in the world, but I am not surprised by it. :(

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#28 flowersjf
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I swear this has been the month of racism. Everyday there is something related to racism whether it's this or the Trayvon Martin case. As a black man, I find it rather entertaining lol. Haters gonna hate;)
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#29 haziqonfire
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Is it bad that I'm not shocked stuff like this happens? lol. Also, reading that first quote from the book ... Uhhh, is the entire book written like that? :|
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However, these characters are actually described as Black in the books. For example:

[quote="The Hunger Games"]And most hauntingly, a twelve-year old girl from District 11. She has dark brown skin and eyes, but other than that, she's very like Prim in size and demeanor.King-Kai

The boy tribute from District 11, Thresh, has the same dark skin as Rue, but the resemblance stops there.The Hunger Games

Dark brown skin could denote Indian heritage, too. Seems to me you're a bit racist in assuming that dark brown == black.

But... casting was screwed up here, anyway. The actress who plays Katniss should have darker skin, because her character spent most of her time outdoors hunting.

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#31 King-Kai
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The only weird thing about her being black is the fact that her sister, the main character, isn't. It confused the hell out of me.kris9031998

Whose sister? Rue's?

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[QUOTE="King-Kai"]However, these characters are actually described as Black in the books. For example:

[quote="The Hunger Games"]And most hauntingly, a twelve-year old girl from District 11. She has dark brown skin and eyes, but other than that, she's very like Prim in size and demeanor.OrkHammer007

The boy tribute from District 11, Thresh, has the same dark skin as Rue, but the resemblance stops there.The Hunger Games

Dark brown skin could denote Indian heritage, too. Seems to me you're a bit racist in assuming that dark brown == black.

But... casting was screwed up here, anyway. The actress who plays Katniss should have darker skin, because her character spent most of her time outdoors hunting.

Considering the fact that Suzzane Collins - the author of the books - is American, and the fact that Blacks have a historical presence in America, it is safe to assume that the characters are intended to be Black, not indian. In America, dark brown skin == Black.

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#33 King-Kai
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[QUOTE="King-Kai"]

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#34 Deihjan
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You have race issues BRHD.Charazani
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#35 soulless4now
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People have too much time on their hands if they're mad over characters in a fictional book not being portrayed right.

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#36 King-Kai
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[QUOTE="Charazani"]You have race issues BRHD.Deihjan

GTFO.

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#37 Charazani
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[QUOTE="Deihjan"][QUOTE="Charazani"]You have race issues BRHD.King-Kai

GTFO.

Lulz
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[QUOTE="OrkHammer007"]

[QUOTE="King-Kai"]However, these characters are actually described as Black in the books. For example:

[quote="The Hunger Games"]And most hauntingly, a twelve-year old girl from District 11. She has dark brown skin and eyes, but other than that, she's very like Prim in size and demeanor.King-Kai

The boy tribute from District 11, Thresh, has the same dark skin as Rue, but the resemblance stops there.The Hunger Games

Dark brown skin could denote Indian heritage, too. Seems to me you're a bit racist in assuming that dark brown == black.

But... casting was screwed up here, anyway. The actress who plays Katniss should have darker skin, because her character spent most of her time outdoors hunting.

Considering the fact that Suzzane Collins - the author of the books - is American, and the fact that Blacks have a historical presence in America, it is safe to assume that the characters are intended to be Black, not indian. In America, dark brown skin == Black.

or Native American, or East Indian.
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[QUOTE="King-Kai"]

[QUOTE="OrkHammer007"]Dark brown skin could denote Indian heritage, too. Seems to me you're a bit racist in assuming that dark brown == black.

But... casting was screwed up here, anyway. The actress who plays Katniss should have darker skin, because her character spent most of her time outdoors hunting.

Nibroc420

Considering the fact that Suzzane Collins - the author of the books - is American, and the fact that Blacks have a historical presence in America, it is safe to assume that the characters are intended to be Black, not indian. In America, dark brown skin == Black.

or Native American, or East Indian.

Or Mexican, or just really tan, or hispanic. Dark Skin doesn't always mean black.

Especially since the the author is white, who is to say what she thinks is dark brown? dark brown to her could just mean a dark tan.

I personally thought they were black from the description, but that doesn't mean everyone does. Although I do think it's racist that the person said why do all the good characters have to be black.

I honestly thought Cinna was a white dude. He reminded me on Simon Cowell in the book wearing v necks and whatever. But when I saw the picture of him I was like... what the heck, this is not what I expected. But whatever, he played the part pretty well. I even heard that he was originally going to be played by a white guy, but Lenny Kravitz played the part so well that he got it.

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Really think there are bigger issues in the world than the casting of a silly movie.....LJS9502_basic
yes like the ending of mass effect 3

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#41 wis3boi
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I hate racist peoples

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#42 King-Kai
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[QUOTE="Nibroc420"][QUOTE="King-Kai"]

Considering the fact that Suzzane Collins - the author of the books - is American, and the fact that Blacks have a historical presence in America, it is safe to assume that the characters are intended to be Black, not indian. In America, dark brown skin == Black.

gotdangit

or Native American, or East Indian.

Or Mexican, or just really tan, or hispanic. Dark Skin doesn't always mean black.

Especially since the the author is white, who is to say what she thinks is dark brown? dark brown to her could just mean a dark tan.

I personally thought they were black from the description, but that doesn't mean everyone does. Although I do think it's racist that the person said why do all the good characters have to be black.

I honestly thought Cinna was a white dude. He reminded me on Simon Cowell in the book wearing v necks and whatever. But when I saw the picture of him I was like... what the heck, this is not what I expected. But whatever, he played the part pretty well. I even heard that he was originally going to be played by a white guy, but Lenny Kravitz played the part so well that he got it.

Here is a transcription of an interview in which the author of the books - Suzanne Collins - says that the characters, Thresh and Rue, are African American.

[quote="Interviewer"]Thresh and Rue.Suzanne Collins

They're African American.

So, there you have it.

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[QUOTE="LJS9502_basic"]Really think there are bigger issues in the world than the casting of a silly movie.....TheShadowLord07

yes like the ending of mass effect 3

The Gallian Liberation Front for me.
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#44 starfox15
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There were like 5 black people in that entire movie which was overwhelmingly white. I'm not calling the movie racist, but to try and say you're disappointed that ANYBODY was black in that movie is kinda sad.

Get over it.

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[QUOTE="gotdangit"]

[QUOTE="Nibroc420"] or Native American, or East Indian.King-Kai

Or Mexican, or just really tan, or hispanic. Dark Skin doesn't always mean black.

Especially since the the author is white, who is to say what she thinks is dark brown? dark brown to her could just mean a dark tan.

I personally thought they were black from the description, but that doesn't mean everyone does. Although I do think it's racist that the person said why do all the good characters have to be black.

I honestly thought Cinna was a white dude. He reminded me on Simon Cowell in the book wearing v necks and whatever. But when I saw the picture of him I was like... what the heck, this is not what I expected. But whatever, he played the part pretty well. I even heard that he was originally going to be played by a white guy, but Lenny Kravitz played the part so well that he got it.

Here is a transcription of an interview in which the author of the books - Suzanne Collins - says that the characters, Thresh and Rue, are African American.

[quote="Interviewer"]Thresh and Rue.Suzanne Collins

They're African American.

So, there you have it.

I already told you I thought they were, but do you really think that everyone fan of the book especially the people that wrote these twits read that article?

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#46 weezyfb
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black character played by black actor. Stop the presses!
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#47 ShadowsDemon
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That those people who made those racists comments are idiots.
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#48 Hubadubalubahu
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*facepalm* You have to wonder about these people's reading comprehension skills if they can't accurately picture a character based on a, albeit lackluster, blatant description. Then to get angry when the movie doesn't depict the white version of the character in your mind... just laughable ignorance.
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#49 DarkOfKnight
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People hate black people because they thought a character in a movie was going to be white? I have to rethink my whole view on this...
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#50 DarkOfKnight
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And why is this news? Who cares?