Amandla StenbergIn 2012, the world was abuzz over The Hunger Games transitioning from book to the big screen. It was a box-office smash and most who had read the books felt the screenplay and casting was done well. Except in the case of the character Rue, played by Amandla Stenberg. There’s a whole Tumblr site devoted to the very loud and very racial backlash against the casting. Despite the character being described in the book as follows: “…And most hauntingly, a 12-year-old girl from District 11. She has dark brown skin and eyes, but other than that's she's very like Prim in size and demeanor…” But it’s just a movie, right?
QUVENZHANÉ WALLISIn 2013 the world was learning how to spell and say Quvenzhané Wallis. She was supposed to be basking in the glow of being the youngest person to be nominated for an Academy Award. Instead a satirical paper called The Onion called her one of the most vulgar words in the English language. But it was in jest and it was satire — why can’t people take a joke? In 2014, Quvenzhané had to once again rise above the vitriol being thrown her way when the remake of Annie was released. A beloved movie made about a red, curly-haired little orphan (which, if people looked deeper, was true to form because in a certain era red-heads weren’t celebrated as unique and different as they are today and were the last to be adopted. The same holds true for little Black children today, so the parallels run true to real life). But this isn’t real life, how dare they remake Annie with a little black girl?
Early this year, Zendaya hit the red carpet for the Oscars in a beautiful dress and long locs. In typical Fashion Police style, Giuliana Rancic quipped: "I feel that she smells like patchouli oil, or weed.” Zendaya released a very composed but pointed statement the next day. Her response was far more mature than her elder that made the statement. But had she chosen to clapback, she would have been in the wrong, right?
And now… Mo’Ne DavisAnd now this week. Disney announced that they will be making a movie about Little League star and shoe designer Mo’Ne Davis. Many seem to have a problem with #blackgirlmagic and one person in particular used a derogatory term to describe her.
In #BlackTwitter superhero-steez, he was swiftly removed from his sports team. Mo’Ne issued a statement asking for him to be reinstated to which the school politely declined. But it could’ve been worse, he didn’t call her a n*gger, right?