Cover of The Hunger Games
“The Hunger Games” was a decent movie. I knew nothing about the story when I went to the theater Friday. All I knew was it was about teens hunting each other. So I was pleasantly surprised to see it was an amalgamation of “The Running Man,” “Gladiator” and “Winter’s Bone” (which also starred Louisvillian Jennifer Lawrence as a backwoods girl protecting her family). I’ll even recommend it even though two significant events were matters of life and death and made absolutely no sense. (I won’t say what they were because then I’d spoil the movie, though you’re free to comment in case you saw the same things.)
For me, and I’m guessing for a lot of people, the most moving sequence in the movie and probably in the book involved the development of a minor character named Rue, a 12-year-old participant in the games who is not an odds-on favorite to win. I’m not going to get into details. If you read the book or saw the movie, you know what happened to her. The rest of you can buy tickets.
But I wasn’t prepared to see that kids were tweeting this about Rue:
And this wasn’t an uncommon reaction. It got pretty rabid:
Now the site Jezebel has an excellent take on this. It quotes the character’s description in the book:
On page 45 of Suzanne Collins‘s book, Katniss sees Rue for the first time:
…And most hauntingly, a twelve-year-old girl from District 11. She has dark brown skin and eyes, but other than that’s she’s very like Prim in size and demeanor…
And so, it all comes down to …
How stupid can these people be? The book says “dark brown skin and eyes.” That means “NOT WHITE.”
What? They’re expecting no minorities in the future? This isn’t 1950s science fiction, you guys. Like in “When Worlds Collide,” when they loaded up the space ship to save some sample of the human population, which happened to be very pale and light haired. Like at a certain rally in Nuremburg.
I now understand that there is a significant part of the country that thinks black people are supposed to wear hoodies and look menacing with their cans of iced tea and Skittles. This is all connected. This is how insane people have gotten in the “post-racial America” where conservatives insist they’re being persecuted.
And this is why instant messaging is a bad thing. Because there’s no filter. Whatever idiot comment pops into someone’s brain, it’s instantly broadcast for all the world to see. As Jezebel notes, once the idiots realize everybody knows they’re idiots, here’s their recourse:
As of 7:00 PM, it looks like the vast majority of these insightful folks have either shut down their Twitter accounts or made them private. Au revoir.