“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”—Nelson Mandela, 1918-2013 (via maisiewilliams)
I hate all you fuckers complaining about the race of characters in hunger games. There are only two black characters in the books: rue and thresh. everyone else is DESCRIBED as white, you shouldn't be able to change that just for *diversity*. they already did that to Cinna so be happy with that.
“Katniss has straight long black hair, which she normally pulls back into a long braid, olive skin, and gray eyes” Jennifer Lawrence? Not so much
“Peeta is described as having “ashy blonde hair that falls in waves over his forehead,” blue eyes, pale skin, and a stocky build, while being of medium height.” Actually pretty spot on
“Gale shares Katniss’ dark hair, olive skin, and grey eyes” Meh, not so much
"Haymitch is described as paunchy and middle-aged in The Hunger Games. In Catching Fire, he is described as formerly being young, strong, and “something of a looker” 25 years ago when he won the games; he had curly dark hair and gray Seam eyes that are bright and dangerous” Could have been any race but not only did they choose to make him white, they totally changed his hair to a more anglo style and texture
Effie’s only physical description has to do with her wig color and the overabundance of make up she wears, being from the Capitol. There is 0% mention of any actual defining characteristics such as her natural hair color, eye color or skin color
“Cinna looks very normal, with short brown hair and green eyes.” Lenny Kravitz (or rather Lenny Kravitz in costume and makeup to play Cinna) doesn’t look that similar, but he’s certainly no more off track than JLaw was for Katniss
“[Prim] has been described to have a merchant’s child look, much like her mother. Prim had fair skin, blond hair and blue eyes” They did pretty spot on in the film (and in case you were wondering, it’s entirely possible for siblings of interracial parents [aka their pale blonde”merchant” mother and their olive toned black haired “seam” father] to look so dissimilar as Katniss and Prim do)
"[Finnick] is tall, muscular, and athletic,Finnick’s capitol portrait with tan skin, bronze-colored hair, and “incredible” sea green eyes” Easily could have been a MOC—aka Jesse Williams, who I posted earlier
“Johanna is described as having wide-set brown eyes and short, brown, spiky hair.”
So literally the only people of any significant role in the films that are ~explicitly described as having pale skin are Peeta, Prim and Katniss’ mother, while others (such as Foxface and Glimmer) are probably white though that isn’t explicitly stated.
I mean, this is a series that is set so far into the future that it’s entirely likely that interracial parenting has happened enough that someone could be born with ebony skin and green eyes.
So basically if they don’t explicitly state the color of the skin, then that character is up for interpretation as far as ethnicity goes. And we have a right to be upset when the interpretation falls so far in one direction
Psst: here’s an example of olive skin:
One last thing: at least two other people in the series, Chaff and Seeder, were also black.
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