The Hunger Games film is officially a major success -- in just over a week of being in theaters it's already raked in over $250 million dollars and received widespread critical acclaim. But some so-called "fans" of the book series have taken to Twitter to express their discontent over some of the casting choices. We won't go into the details of what these people have been saying, but let's just say that the whole controversy has to do with race. Well, now Amandla Stenberg and Dayo Okeniyi -- two of the actors who have received the brunt of the attack -- are speaking out!
At this weekend's Kids' Choice Awards, Dayo (who plays Thresh in The Hunger Games) told E! News, "I think this is a lesson for people to think before they tweet. It's sad... We could now seewhere society is today. But I try not to think about stuff like that. Our movie did amazingnumbers. The response has been so positive and I justwant to stay in that mindset. Whatever happens like that, I can just let itfall by the wayside." What a class act! Well said, Dayo!
He added that since the movie has some out, he's gotten some lots of love from the fans. One fan even sent him a pair of his/her underwear! "Someoneasked me to sign it," he laughed. "I did it, because I love my fansthat much."
As for Amandla, the 13-year-old actress who so brilliantly portrays Rue in the film, she issued a statement regarding the controversy last week: "Asa fan of the books," she said, "I feel fortunate to be part of TheHunger Games family. It was anamazing experience; I am proud of the film and my performance. I want to thankall of my fans and the entire Hunger Games community for their support andloyalty."
The other actor who's been the subject of the unsavory Twitter attack is Lenny Kravitz, who plays Cinna. But so far he's stayed mum on the whole issue.
Do you think Amandla Stenberg and Dayo Okeniyi responded to the controversy appropriately?
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