Racial Backlash to The Hunger Games: A Few Personal Thoughts…

Normally with our blog we try to stick to Art, Fashion, and Events, but recently there has been a lot going on in the media and online with respect to racism and injustice that we’d like to bring awareness to, and what better way than with our blog.

We do not want to sway anyone because of our strong opinion on these issues, but we are enraged; our anger has compelled us to speak and bring more awareness to these social trends so that we all can strive to do and be better in our personal lives. Hopefully that will inspire change in way we all interact with each other, regardless of race, gender, sexuality, religion, class or any other discriminating category. Bullying is never acceptable nor should it ever be tolerated.

The Hunger Games, the movie that opened last weekend to rave reviews and a staggering $155 million box office, has been accosted with racial tension in regard to their casting. Many ‘fans of the book’ were outraged that two of the most beloved characters were cast as black people, despite the literary description of them having dark skin. In fact, Katniss Everdeen, the main character and protagonist, also was described as having dark hair and olive skin…..which if you think about it, leaves her ethically ambiguous (the term olive connotes something other than white).

This is problematic both in how people may have subconsciously imagined favorable characters to fit within the white majority, the ways that media represents people of good and evil as white and black, and then of course the blatant hateful, racist names and slurs that the actors of color have been called since the release of the film. Aside from Hunger Games ‘fans’ having difficulty reading and remembering the book accurately, it is both sad, disturbing and ironic that the whole running metephor in the entire book about oppression, hunger, and excess is meaningless if none of the main characters are people of color. Think about it.
If you haven’t seen or heard the ‘discussions,’ read a bit here: http://www.usmagazine.com/entertainment/news/the-hunger-games-amandla-stenberg-responds-to-racist-tweet-scandal-2012283#ixzz1qWBu4jXb

Read more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/therootdc/post/the-hunger-games-elicits-racist-reactions/2012/03/28/gIQANOVrgS_blog.html

Read the most outrageous comments here: http://www.complex.com/tech/2012/03/the-25-most-racist-tweets-about-the-hunger-games

People, racism is disgusting! Hatred is ugly. NEITHER are fashionable.


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