Amandla Stenberg, Hunger Games Star, Responds to Racist Tweets

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Amandla Stenberg, the 13-year old actress who plays Rue in The Hunger Games, has spoken out on the unexpected, ignorant, racist controversy that has somehow enveloped her beloved character.

Rue in The Hunger Games

In response to posts on Twitter that dared to wonder why Rue was portrayed by an African-American on screen - one actually wrote: "Why did the producer make all the good characters black?" - Stenberg has taken the mature road and released a statement that reads:

"As a fan of the books, I feel fortunate to be part of The Hunger Games family. It was an amazing experience; I am proud of the film and my performance. I want to thank all of my fans and the entire Hunger Games community for their support and loyalty."

No, thank YOU, Amandla, for bringing such an important character to life. You can't see us at the moment, but take our word for it: we're holding up three fingers in your honor.

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OMFG!!!! SHUT THE F*** UP ALL U RACIST PEOPLE I BET THE ONLY REASON THOSE D*** BAGS R DOIN THAT IS CAUSE THEY JEALOUS OF AMANDLA!!!!!

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Amandala and rue are such a perfect match the director definately picked the right person to play rue.

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Rue was supposed to be black! It said that every one from district 11 was dark skinned in the book. All you racist haters just f*** off!

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Advice to Ms. Stenberg: You are a beautiful young woman and a promising future. Please do not waste positive energy responding to ignorant people with provinical minds.

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IT USED TO BE CALLED, REVERSE DISCRIMINATION. THERE IS SO MUCH OF IT NOW, IT'S JUST CALLED DISCRIMINATION. EVEN COMMERCIALS, THEY PORTRAY THE WHITE ACTOR AS A MORON, THE BLACK AS SUPER COOL, AND KNOWLEDGEABLE.

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The book says very specifically on page 98 that Rue had "silky brown skin". District 11 was a predominately black farming district. As you can see from the movie, Pamen is very post-racial. All races are in all districts, including the capital. So stupid of anyone of making such remarks. Amandla did a very excellent job of portaying Rue to the nth degree.

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i also find it nice how the article includes *3 fingers up*. i remember i did that same sign in the cinema when i saw the movie and she died. tho its really ridiculous how some people are acting. seriously its just a movie. people can be so immature and in the book they are described as dark skinned. were they expecting to see ppl wit skin as white as a golf ball?

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I like the last line in the articale *holds three fingers up*......anyways, I just think its silly how people want to think it's racist in any shape or form. READ THE BOOKS PEOPLE. And another thing, Katniss was devasted about Rues death in the books and movie. She carries the guilt threw all three books.