Monday, March 26, 2012


I was all prepared today with another edition of "Things that made me laugh". I've been saving them on my phone, in a notebook in my purse, and on my laptop. But instead, I'm going to share a news article that hit my homepage this evening. Before I share the article, you need to know the person whom it is about. The beautiful young lady pictured here is Amandla Stenberg. She play Rue in the new Hunger Games movie (the one I wrote enthusiastically about just yesterday). Honestly, she is almost exactly as I pictured Rue from the book.

And here is the news article I promised-
Actors Amandla Stenberg and Dayo Okeniyi definitely hit it big when they landed the roles of Rue and Thresh, respectively, in "The Hunger Games."

But the relative unknowns playing tributes from District 11 in the dystopian saga (which scored a historic $155 million its opening weekend and rave reviews) are the subject of an offensive debate among a few, totally clueless fans of Suzanne Collins' blockbuster young adult novel, as pointed out at Jezebel.

Why? Although both Rue and Thresh are described as having "dark brown skin" in the book, some bigoted fans, oddly enough, object that both Stenberg and Okeniyi are black.

Complained one fan on Twitter: "Why does rue have to be black not gonna lie kinda ruined the movie."

Added another ignorant fan: "Why did the producer make all the good characters black?"

"Why is Rue a little black girl? Stick to the book, dude," said another.

In something of a spoiler tweet, another fan admitted he was "racist" when he learned of tragic Rue's racial identity.

Another tweeter even uttered the "N" word in decrying adorable African-American actress Amandla Stenberg's race.

"I'm still pissed that Rue is black," wrote another.

"Ewwww rue is black?? I'm not watching," another person wrote.

The Tumblr blog "Hunger Games" Tweets was first to decry the shocking, offensive trend. "The reactions are all based on feelings of disgust," the blogger wrote. "These people are MAD that the girl that they cried over while reading the book was 'some black girl' all along. So now they're angry. Wasted tears, wasted emotions. ... This is a BIG problem."

I would also like to add a few things from the "Hunger Games Tweets" Tumblr mentioned above (because of course I went there to catch up on what was going on before I blogged myself!). Here are a few more quotes-

" [quoted from someone else]-The best way to keep racism alive is to talk about racism.

Nice!! So what you’re saying is that when we see racism running rampant over something as trivial as movie casting, we should all just sweep it under the rug and look in the other direction because there’s nothing to see here and everything is peachy-keen!!

Right, but… no. I’m going to address it and do what I can to combat it. And yes, that involves collecting these tweets and leaving the big ugly mess right here for everyone to see so that we all know there’s a big problem out there and it’s not to be ignored."

Here's the complete quote from the news article, which is actually what I went looking for-
"These people are MAD that the girl that they cried over while reading the book was “some black girl” all along. So now they’re angry. Wasted tears, wasted emotions. It’s sad to think that had they known that she was black all along, there would have been so sorrow or sadness over her death.

There are MAJOR TIE-INS to these reactions and the injustices that we see around the world today. I don’t even need to spell it out because I know that you’re all a smart bunch.

This is a BIG problem. Think of all the murdered children. Think of all the missing children that get NO SCREEN TIME on the news.

It is NOT a coincidence."

The above quotes are from Hunger Games Tweets and the article can be found by clicking here.

I don't have much more to say beyond what the author of Hunger Games Tweets has said. I honestly am struggling with the fact that there are so many people STILL who feel that the color of someone's skin makes them less of a person, or less sympathetic. The idea that someone would not care about the death of a little twelve year old (fictional) girl because she's black literally blew my mind. I'm going to end this post with a few screen captures from Hunger Games Tweets (follow the link above to see the context). It's ridiculous and sad and it's kind of breaking my heart that people can still think like this. (Also, for clarification in case you haven't read the books, while I would be upset that people can think like that no matter what, the character of Rue is CLEARLY described as having "dark brown skin" more than once in The Hunger Games).

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Hunger Games

I'm not going to say anything other than that the movie is AWESOME (and also that the author of the books is fine with the one change that annoyed me, so I'm un-annoyed). BUT! You guys I made it to the very first weekend the drive in was open this year and saw Hunger Games. I went with my friend J and his delightful wife. They are two of my favorite people in the world and I had a great time sitting in the back of his SUV, curled up in a blanket, eating and watching the movie.
Before it started we were walking around the parking lot and J asked me if I had seen this picture-

Which he loved but apparently his wive hadn't gotten when he showed it to her (in the end she came close with "Is it because it's like three different things?" close, but no cigar J's wife). That made me think of this one-
which has been cracking me up for the last few weeks. At which point we were talking about Star Trek (yes internet, I am a nerd) and J said something that cracked me up and I was going to share it with you, but then I forgot what it was and he couldn't remember either. Fortunately for you (if you're a Star Trek fan, which you should be because it's the awesomest series) he remembered and shared it with me again.
"Johnathan Frakes has two acting styles- beard and no beard." Which is hysterical, and also true.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

The Terrible Thing That Almost Heppend

I can either lie to my blog, lie through ommission, or be honest here. I choose to be honest. So, I'm going to tell you something terrible that almost happened today. If you know me in real life, you know that I have some fairly serious body image issues. They're fairly new, but a little hateful. And apparently they are getting worse. Because today I went out for dinner with my SIL and after I ate I had to go to the bathroom, and when I was in there, seriously considered making myself throw up, partly because I was nauseous from dinner, and partly because it was a junky dinner and I didn't want it in my body. Like to the point that I had to tell myself that that is called bulimia and it's considered a serious medical issue. Then I made my niece play with me until it was time to go home, where my friend Leah and her mom were, thus keeping myself from doing something stupid. And that is the terrible thing that almost happened.
**Disclaimer** I will probably take this post down within a week. Sorry.