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I wonder who was really racist?

I was chatting with a friend about The Hunger Games movie and how much better it would have been if it had been a 13 episode anime, when the talk got around to the "Rue is not a black girl" controversy.

I had to admit that I hadn't really read Rue as being black. I had just assumed that people from her district were heavily tanned from working out doors all day in the fishing boats(yeah I got the district wrong. It has been a long time since I read the books). Of course to me it didn't really matter, I don't have a fixation with "colour" in that way.

So after I had got Rue's District wrong, my friend corrected me. Rue was from District 11 - the Farming District. Then, since we were both thinking about racism, the connection between racism and work broached itself.

"So how rascist is it to make all the black people farmers? Jeez, I hope they weren't responsible for the cotton crop."

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(Anonymous)
Apr. 12th, 2013 11:22 am (UTC)
Amazing how much of their own baggage people bring to watching movies. Have just read a review of Django Unchained in which the reviewer seems to have totally missed the point. He even quotes Tarantino, but didn't seemed to realize that despite the movie's dark subject matter, Django is essentially a comic strip hero. Of course the characters are stereotypes, they're supposed to be!

It hadn't really registered with me that Rue was black, comes of living in a cosmopolitan society I suppose.


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dweomeroflight
Apr. 13th, 2013 08:34 am (UTC)
I really liked The Hunger Games movie actually. And I liked Rue.
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