Okay everyone, grab your pencils grab your notebooks and take a seat. Cate Matthews (@cateematthews on both Twitter and Tumblr, follow her) is about to break it all down for you guys.
Her video very quickly and simply shows us the way we’ve all been taught to default the people that we envision in books and generally in our minds as “white”. Unless we’re heavily (HEAVILY!) spoon-fed other bits of information to say otherwise, which even then sometimes fails.
Cate also shares some interesting research that shows the staggeringly low representation of minorities in recently published children’s books and the top 10 box-office movies.
Black Nerd Comedy: RANTS! HUNGER GAMES RACIST? No Blacks Allowed!
Are you guys ready for a good laugh?
Everybody, please meet Andre (@BlackNerd on Twitter) the creator and host of “Black Nerd Comedy” on YouTube.
Fearing that The Hunger Games was yet another “Twilight” or “Harry Potter”, he chose to avoid reading the book or watching the movie. HOWEVER, upon doing some research, he came to learn of the DRAMA concerning our dear friend, Rue.
Maria Tatar writes an article for The New Yorker shedding some light on the tradition of why we see little blonde girls as the most innocent beings ever. As well as why we mourn their deaths moreso than others and why the alarms go off in our minds when they are kidnapped.
It’s only slightly Hunger Games related though (for those of you who go hard on Hunger Games but not so much on social commentary)
@Maggie_mcd11 is (or was) the twitter user that’ll probably go down in history for creating the “not gonna lie” meme. As some of you know, the account has now been taken over by somebody offering a comedic spin on the meme.
According to Steve (who I’ll trust is truthfully a friend of hers), this girl is only 15. FIFTEEN! To me, that’s way too young to be saying stuff like Rue being black ruined the movie.
Not gonna lie though… There really is no right age to foster feelings like that.
Hunger Games is a controversial story (Oh—I’m sorry, I forgot to introduce myself: my name is Captain Obvious.). It’s got oppressive governments, famine, child-soldiering and gladiator slaughterfests with a dash of reality television. It pushes the idea that violence and conflict spares no one,…