Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Hunger Games: Racist Tweets

The case of Hunger Games, excluding Lenny Kravitz ("Cinna")

"Hunger Games" was released March 23rd, 2012 and hit a big 152.5 million dollars at the box office.
Unfortunately, there has been an uproar on the racist tweets about the characters "Rue" and "Cinna" being black.
It is important to address this issue with the thoughts of racism, but also more specifically on the concept of belongingness, and what it means to assign individuals by race to belonging or not belonging in a certain place and time.

Think he should've started off this tweet with "KKK" instead?
Fits the tweet doesn't it?

Most of the twitter users that were "mentioned" on Twitter by other users outraged by the racists tweets have deleted their accounts.


We are all aware of the anonymity of the internet and how this serves as a shield for people to act under prejudice, racism, sexism and so on. This is a prime example of "tweeting" behind this shield, but also an indicator of how much racism still exists. The blog post communicates the surprise that racism is prevalent in our current and younger generation, however, I don't believe this is news. We assume that the generations of our parents and grandparents are MORE racist and less understanding of difference than the current or younger generation.
As invisible as it may seem, it is certainly prevalent. This is an example.

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