Amandla Stenberg (Rue), Dayo Okeniyi (Thresh), and Lenny Kravitz (Cinna) have all been recently the topic of racist tweets sent out by supposed ‘fans’ of the Hunger Games book series. These tweets are pretty awful, and quite ignorant of the actual books themselves. Amandla, Dayo, and Lenny should be seen as the amazing actors that they are in having helped to bring the Hunger Games story to life.
Yahoo: Although both Rue and Thresh are described as having “dark brown skin” in the book, some bigoted fans, oddly enough, object that both Stenberg and Okeniyi are black.
Complained one fan on Twitter: “Why does rue have to be black not gonna lie kinda ruined the movie.”
Added another ignorant fan: “Why did the producer make all the good characters black?”
“Why is Rue a little black girl? Stick to the book, dude,” said another.
For those of you who have seen Kaleb Nation‘s YouTube videos he enthusiastically responds to the racism with this fantastic video.
Tell me about your move from Nigeria to the United States. Any bumps in the transition?
DAYO OKENIYI: I don’t remember anything being too surprising. The media, television, movies, and the internet have taken the globe and made it feel much smaller.
The Hunger Games is being called the new Twilight. How do you feel about the comparison?
DO: I certainly understand why the comparison is being drawn. We are a young, ensemble cast, much like Twilight. I would be lying if I said I would not welcome the success of the ‘saga,’ but The Hunger Games is different, we have no supernatural powers, we are human—very, very human.
Vanity Fair did a piece on the young cast of The Hunger Games, including a new picture! The article includes a description of the actor, the character, and on how they landed their respective roles in the movie including Alexander Ludwig, Amandla Stenberg, Dayo Okeniyi, Isabelle Fuhrman, Jack Quaid, Jacqueline Emerson, Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hembsworth! Here is Jennifer Lawrence’s description:
Hometown: Louisville, Kentucky.
Her role: Katniss Everdeen, District 12 tribute—the protagonist and narrator, Katniss took her sister Prim’s place in the Hunger Games, and is known for her fiery temper and strong archery skills. After her father passed away in a mine explosion, Katniss became the provider and nurturer for her family. She’s also caught in a love triangle between Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) and Gale (Liam Hemsworth).
On landing the part:“I auditioned, which was a long process and a lot of improv. And then waited a month or something, where I was convinced I didn’t have it—then I got the phone call while I was in London. I was then terrified. I knew it was going to be huge, and that’s scary. I called my mom. She said, ‘This is a script that you love, and you’re thinking about not doing it because of the size of it?’ And I [didn’t] want to not do something because I’m scared, so I said yes. And I’m so happy that I did.”
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