The beautiful and talented young Amandla Stenberg,13, has been receiving some criticism for her role as “Rue” in the new movie The Hunger Games. The criticism is not because her acting ability, but because of the color of her skin.
Some people are upset the character “Rue” is being played by an African American actress. Although the author, Suzanne Collins, describes Rue as having “dark brown skin” some are still surprised that “dark brown skin” is translated as African American in the movie and those people proceeded to Tweet about their disappointment. Some even admitted that they’d lost interest in seeing the movie after finding out that Amandla was playing “Rue.”
Amandla has responded to the racist tweets by saying, “As a fan of the books, I feel fortunate to be part of ‘The Hunger Games’ family,” she told Us Weekly in a statement. “It was an amazing experience. I am proud of the film and my performance. I want to thank all of my fans and the entire ‘Hunger Games’ community for their support and loyalty.”
BCK Says: In light of the recent events surrounding the Trayvon Martin incident, this comes as just another reminder that there are still people that have negative views on people of a different race to the point of disapproving of an entire movie because of their views. It’s unfortunate, but true and is just another example that although this nation has progressed and become more tolerant, it still has a long way to go. What are your thoughts?