3.26.2012

Why We're Talking about "The Hunger Games" on the Blasian Narrative

Once I saw the trailer for current blockbuster The Hunger Games, I knew off the bat I wasn't interested.  The trailer alone steered me away.

Let me start with a recent post from Jezebel.  Apparently, white racist fans are ticked at all the Black characters in the movie.  Because they hadn't read the book properly, they didn't realize that the characters were Black in the book to begin with.  One viewer stated that the Black girl's death (surprise, surprise) wasn't so bad because she was Black, because before, he'd thought she was white and it touched him more.

Every other Black character irritates them as well, you know...just 'cause.

Before you click on the Jezebel post, understand it's some vomit-worthy stuff.  The Twitter screen caps and quotes will show you "post-racial" Amerikkka in all its glory.  These worthless wastes of space really show every square inch of their collective ass in this one.  And the comments are simply useless.  Once again, white Amerikkka doesn't want to have "the uncomfortable conversation."

Negro, please.

By the by, none of these fuckwits seem to realize (or care) that Japanese author Koushun Takami already did this story.  It got turned into a little film known as Battle Royale, which I've personally owned and watched for a good decade now.


And yes, it garnered international critical acclaim and even scholarly analysis.

Battle Royale is a cult classic, dubbed one of the most controversial films ever.  It's one of those films you watch a thousand times in a row, with everyone you know, including folks you can't stand, because it's just that awesome.  In fact, I distinctly recall American fans of the film being annoyed at all the delays.  We couldn't see it in theaters, and when ordering the DVD, we had to get it from abroad - it was bullshit.  There were back to back excuses as to why the film wasn't being released in the USA.  Then it finally was, but by then...the momentum was lost.

Personally, I'm really annoyed by The Hunger Games and the author's claim that she had no clue about Takami's story - along with every other American ignoramus who feels like if they don't know that something exists, then it must simply not exist.  And just because someone else did it first and did it better, then it doesn't matter that, you know, they did it first and they did it better.

In fact, fans of Kill Bill - a movie which these fucks are more likely to know and love - owe Battle Royale a huge-fucking-thank you, because some of Tarantino's best scenes/characters were inspired by this film.  Hell, the main reason he even cast Chiaki Kuriyama was that she was in Battle Royale!!!



That being said, you mean to tell me that when the author was chatting with editors and agents and filmmakers, this story didn't ring a bell for anyone?  Didn't raise a flag or two for anybody in the industry, especially with Amerikkka's well-known tendency to remake shit from Japan?  Really?  Seriously?

I don't even need to see Hunger Games to know that Battle Royale is still better, even after all these years.

29 comments:

  1. I read some of the tweets. I thought I was at a Klan rally. There is a Tumblr account exposing all of the racists tweeters/comments. I'm about to go Malcolm X on muthafuckas. I'm boiling. Black folk need to produce/direct our own shit. I'm done with Hollywhite and white folks. I don't give a shit who I offend by saying this either.

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    1. Folks are going in on those Tweeters, and a lot of the accounts have now been closed. Thing is, I doubt they learned jack from the whole experience.

      Folks acting like they pulled an Idris Elba in Thor, when the book they claim to love describes the black characters (with the exception of Cinna) multiple times as being black. Makes me wonder which book they read.

      As for Battle Royale, it sounds like quite a lot of Hollywood movies have borrowed from it thematically. Remember that WWE film set on a remote island, that one with Tyrese and John Statham in a max. security prison, and another with both a prison and a video game element? They all had 'people forced to fight to the death for the paying public' as a core plot-point - and they all came out within a few years of each other. I tell you, when H-Wood gets a new horse...

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  2. They really don't see us as human, fuckin' cowards. I agree leo. I don't think they learned jack from the experience. They probably imagined her character as another race as they read it. You know how folks roll when it comes to stuff like this in fanfiction as well.

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    1. And they love to add "I'm not racist though..LOL" as if that somehow negates what they wrote.

      http://img.gawkerassets.com/img/17hnfwfqrgml4jpg/original.jpg

      God those tweets were sickening...

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    2. CeCe D,

      Lol! They should have been on that " I'm not racist but..." blog link that Brother Wolf have on his webpage. I mean, it's so funny to hear that they aren't racist( Ha!),but spew the truth out. Sad world that we live in isn't it. I don't know how true it is , but it also have been said that a Black man wrote Twilight.

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    3. "They probably imagined her character as another race as they read it."

      @ Nicole - Considering how a number of pre-movie fan art pieces of Rue had her as a white girl, with either blonde or red hair? That happened a LOT. I read on tweet that thaid they pictured Rue as Dakota Fanning. *side-eye*

      What were they reading? "The Hunger Games: Aryan Nations Edition"?

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    4. ^ that said.

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    5. ^ one tweet.

      UGH! I need to go to bed. Pulled an all-nighter on the project, and I'm paying for it.

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  3. Given that many white Harry Potter fans are still arguing over Blaise Zabini's race even after both the books and the films confirmed he's black, I'm not even surprised by this.

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    1. Dude, they're still arguing over Parvati/Padma Patil and Cho Chang.

      "I never pictured them as Indian/Asian!" <- That's cuz you dumb as f*ck!

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    2. And George Weasely's gf Angelina. Canon fanart for those two is scarce b/c people keep making her white or erase her entirely. And they insist that their kids must be freckled red heads and so they can't imagine black freckled red heads, even though the kids don't necessarily need to inherit those traits from their father.

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    3. You know...I have my own bone to pick with the movie. But I do hate the movie cause..it's an example of Teen Slock movie. But hey I'm not suprise what comes out of the Nazi Hollywood

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  4. Really? They want to start this shit with black people, especially with the tension of the trayvon martin case?
    I don't know about you guys but I live near killadelphia and these negroes are crazy. These white people better watch their mouths because racial tension is at its highest right now and I wouldnt be surprised to see people being fucked up(or killed) as if roots just premiered wordl wide.
    *smh*
    I didnt't care for the movie even before I found out(just now) that it was a rip off. It surprised me with all its advertising on t.v and at hot topic. I'm like wtf is hunger games? Where is my damn red tails shirts?
    I swear I am about to get my sistah soldier on since i missed the damn trayvon martin rally in love park today.

    In the wise wards of mr.brown..The devil is alive!

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    1. Karen,

      I agree. There have been race-related incidences in the past and more than likely will be some more in the future, never in my life have I even seen us express ourselves in away that is telling the world were fed up with your crap and absolutely mean it. Though I would never resort to violence and I'm hoping they won't either as media want that side of us to come out, the atmosphere is very volatile and in some ways, I think they are beginning to know it. One minute I'm reading about Sean Bell's killer's being fired, then another cop in New Orleans being suspended indefinitely without pay. Although the people are fighting for Trayvon, if his case is properly solved, I'm hoping that it will not stop..hoping that it will spread to media, like to those racists on Twitter and people like Geraldo Rivera.

      Far as the Hunger Games. My nephew liked the book and he liked the movie even more. Hmmm...I don't know. I'm feeling it,but then I'm not feeling it. I may wait for it to come out on DVD.

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  5. I didn't read the book but the quotes mentioned on this site (I think it's the same site I visited a while ago) only says that the dude has green eyes, which is more common among caucasians, and says he has a darker skin and dark hair. I'm not sure I would conclude, if I was to read the book that this dude MUST be black. The author's book was vague about ethnicity. I would think he's mixed or latino. BUT those facebook comments are really upsetting. OK, you were wrong about your assumptions on the characters race (or the movie producer just felt like casting black people) but being that much disappointed and focused on the race thing, which is just a detail, it's ridiculous and discriminating. It also shows that people tend to project on a book character the "default" race which is "caucasian" since America is mainly white. And these people tend to be white, though I'm sure some black people can be like this too, without the "racist mindset" of course, as the facebook caps show.

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  6. OK, different sites, the one I visited was different and had more facebook caps.

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  7. I read the books last year because when they cast Katniss for the movie people were saying that they should have cast a black girl because she was described as having olive skinned. Then once the whole cast was seen white folks on FB were talking the same racist meme about Rue and Cinna being black and I'm rolling my eyes asking what book were you reading. So now that the movie is out white folks still complaining.

    Sometimes I wish I had a super power that enables me to come through peoples computer screen and punch them in their mouths. It really get's tiring and sometimes I have to step away from the computer, you catch enough of that outside the internet.

    And I definitely won't be seeing the movie, goes to watch Battle Royale.

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    1. Sometimes I wish I had a super power that enables me to come through peoples computer screen and punch them in their mouths.

      Now we know where your screen name comes from!

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  8. And I also agree with the description of Rue and and the other one as black people. I was just talking about the green eyed one.

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  9. This concept has been done before by different people in different ways. I'm thinking of both Stephen King's "The Running Man" and most specifically some short story he wrote called "The Long Walk".

    Collins should have given a nod to Battle Royale, and I pictured Katniss as a Native American. Someone like Q'Rionka Kilcher.

    I think in Collins incarnation, especially since the later books deal with a rebellion and restructuring of government led by Katniss, they were referencing the Rome and the Gladiator Games. Even the name of the country "Panem" means bread in Latin. And the title "Hunger Games" is an obvious reference to "panem et circuses".

    I personally read the whole series as a blunt metaphor for capitalism. Especially the way the whole thing is televised. An obvious metaphor but an effective one.

    I saw the movie and it's overhyped but it's still pretty entertaining. Jennifer Lawrence is for sure a good actress, and she really embodied the main character. A lot of the character development was skipped over in favor of the action which was blurry, quick and hard to see anyway.

    Rue is such a CUTIE! I actually cried a little when her character died. Given I'm still upset about Trayvon Martin.

    The racefail exhibited by fans in regards to Rue/Thresh/Cinna brings the phrase "reading but not comprehending" to mind. Rue and Thresh are both decribed as dark skinned and working in an agricultural district with orchards. Contextual clues make it obvious that they both gotta be black/native/latino. Georgia or the Carolinas immediately came to my mind when I read that

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  10. Battle Royale was amazing! Now that you do point it out I can see the parallels since I did read the book (Hunger Games). There were several characters that were indeed described as Black and the author even said characters like Rue and some others were clearly Black. Cinna is ambiguous but I think the closely cropped brown hair description made people assume Black or part Black. As for Katniss, she is biracial and yet they cast a non-biracial woman and in promos spray tanned her and dyed her hair black (...D:). I think Battle Royale was also a book or comic and I can assure you you are missing nothing if you did not read or see Hunger Games. It was ok, not spectacular.

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    1. "Cinna is ambiguous but I think the closely cropped brown hair description made people assume Black or part Black."

      Someone said they pictured him as Carson Kressley from 'Queer Eye'. I kid you not.

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    2. "Someone said they pictured him as Carson Kressley from 'Queer Eye'. I kid you not."

      ... D: . I really feel that some of these fans are illiterate.

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    3. Another clue was "gold eyeliner". That should automatically read dark skinned.

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  11. anonymous J

    I haven't seen the movie, and I am not sure if I will see it, but in light of what has been happening lately, with Trayvon Martins death, a woman in California killed for being Iranian. It almost seems as if a lot of white people are having some kind of a mental breakdown, and the negative behaviors, and the need to behave in an oppressive manner is increasing. I noticed this trend really started to escalate after President Obama. Nothing that is really surprising me right now. The racist tweets, not surprised, the behavior, not surprised. Hopefully, at some point, the folks who are behaving like this will realize just how bad it makes them look.

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    1. Right! But everytime PoC make progress there is always backlash. This is white racism rearing it's ugly head.

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  12. This concept has been done before by different people in different ways. I'm thinking of both Stephen King's "The Running Man" and most specifically some short story he wrote called "The Long Walk".

    You said it before I did. When I first saw the trailer for HG, I was like, "Ain't that TRM + TLW?" *sigh* Nothing new to see (or read) here.

    It almost seems as if a lot of white people are having some kind of a mental breakdown, and the negative behaviors, and the need to behave in an oppressive manner is increasing. I noticed this trend really started to escalate after President Obama.

    If it is one thing O and the FLOTUS have done is made white folks lose their collective shit and bring their true selves to the front. When he got elected, the walls came tumbling down and shook their foundations to the core. They're trying to cling to everything they once had dominion over.

    Heaven forbid if PoC can all be convinced to complete the census documents so white folks can finally know what we've known for years: THEY ARE THE MINORITY. Talk about an all-out war? I feel like this country is on the verge of a massive internal war. Between the economy, Trayvonism, and the fact that people are fucking sick of this shit...all we need is a spark.

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  13. Of all the movies that came out last weekend, cool kids watched The Raid: Redemption, The Hunger Games is only for the average.

    When I first read The Hunger Games storyline, I thought it was some sort of American remake of Battle Royale, knowing that remaking foreign movies is Hollywood favorite money-making device(apart from making sequels).
    I didn't know it was taken from a book.
    I'm reading the book now. My teenage soul says it's engaging, but my mature mind says it doesn't have a lot to offer.I will watch the movie when I'm finished with the book. Let's see which one is more entertaining, Battle Royale or The Hunger Games.

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  14. You folks weren't kidding about how GREAT Battle Royale is :)

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