I’ve dreamt about seeing one of these videos made. If I had the talent I’d make one myself.
I hope someone with really creative writing skills can script and produce one of these. A lot of Downfall videos are hilarious but a lot of them also suck.
If anyone comes across a good one on YouTube please let me know about it.
Hello Giggles: Rue is Black and Racism is Still an Issue
Nicole Paulhus offers up a great article on The Hunger Games, Racism, and the habit of “white-washing” characters in novels.
The New Yorker: White Until Proven Black
Anna Holmes offers an insightful review of the racial controversy surrounding The Hunger Games and it’s parallels with what we see happening in our society.
(P.S. Unlike the other reviews/articles you’ve read, I was actually interviewed for this one. )
Whose fault is this that Rue got so confused by readers?
Something that I’ve always wondered is…
Why is Rue one of the MOST misinterpreted characters (physically) ever in YA fiction?
I’d like to hear what you all think. Choose from the following thoughts or provide your own.
A) Poor reading comprehension amongst the readers.
B) People liking Rue but not liking her description (i.e. racism).
C) Poor writing by Suzanne Collins (the idea here being that if you’re going to introduce a PoC to an audience unaccustomed to seeing one in their books, you have to use more emphasis throughout the book).
D) Too many comparisons to Prim, along with (C) above.
Talk to me, people.
The Boy with the Bread sent a tweet out saying what most of us have been dying to say to all the morons on Twitter. Lots of retweets so far.
Many people in the Hunger Games fandom are being VERY racist… Well, except for the ones that say, “not to sound racist buuuuuut…..”
$100 to anyone that can tell me what it is these chicks are mad about.
Black People = Wrong People
She imagined Thresh looking like Thor…
Did this simple moron seriously just ask Dayo Okeniyi (the man who plays Thresh in the Hunger Games) where it says in the book that Thresh is black?
Will somebody please tell this fool to take a damn seat?
Nothing wrong with Sara’s tweet.
I posted sara’s tweet because it mentions something that I noticed a lot myself while on YouTube.
There are about a million different “casting” videos on YouTube for the Hunger Games.
A lot of them don’t bother to cast Thresh. The few that do either cast him as Channing Tatum or Victor Krum (sp?) from Harry Potter: Goblet of Fire.
Channing Tatum: Suggests that they either didn’t read or just whitewashed Thresh for fun
Victor Krum: Suggests that their colour spectrum has no concept of what “dark brown skin” means
As for Rue, it was the same thing.
Almost all of the suggestions for Rue were either…
Notice the trend here? Dark haired "non black" girls. (Madison being somewhat of an exception)
The next time you see someone, whether in person or online, say that they “missed Rue’s description”, point at them and yell LIAR. They saw the description alright. They just removed a certain element of the description.
Another thing I notice is that a lot of people seem to have read “darker” or “darkish”.
If I recall correctly, those were not the words used. I remember seeing “dark brown” and “satiny brown”.
It’s kinda like there’s a mental auto-correct happening for some folks.
This idea of Rue and Thresh being tanned (as opposed to black) is a popular one. Again, the entire effort from Collins to illustrate District 11 as a slavery reminiscent plantation just flew right over everyone’s head. Completely didn’t register.