Pearl-clutching Time: Black Actors in “White” Roles

It’s 2015 and the United States is getting more and more diverse.

Still, many Hollywood block-busters feature predominantly White casts.

Yes, this is a problem.

Even in cases where there is no apparent race for a character, the default is White. Fans of fiction lose their minds, these days over social media, when we deviate from the default. Some foaming-at-the-mouth fanboys and girls even go so far as boycotting the movies’ release. Star Wars clowns, we’re looking at you.

Here are five times the fanboys and girls blew up over “Black” casting:

1. Amandla Stenberg, The Hunger Games (2012)


Everyone was really excited about The Hunger Games until some realized that Rue, one of the beloved characters from the book, was going to be portrayed by young Black actress Amandla Stenberg. Some ignorant fans went as far as saying Stenberg’s casting ruined the movie because she wasn’t the quiet blonde White girl they had pictured when reading the book. But if you did actually read the book, you know Rue was described as having dark hair and eyes and an olive skin tone. Super fans of the series were also mad that Thresh (Dayo Okeniyi) and Cinna (Lenny Kravitz) were played by Black actors too.

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