The Hunger Games star Amandla Stenberg has spoken out over racist Twitter attacks over her casting.
The actress plays Rue in the action blockbuster, but certain fans have lashed out at the decision to cast a black actress in the role, along with that of Thresh, played by Dayo Okeniyi. Suzanne Collins‘ novel clearly describes the teens as having “dark brown skin”.
Twitter users have claimed that the castings “ruined the movie” and others used racial slurs against the pair. However, Stenberg has now hit back, although did not refer to the slurs directly.
She told Us Weekly: “As a fan of the books, I feel fortunate to be part of The Hunger Games family.
“It was an amazing experience; I am proud of the film and my performance. I want to thank all of my fans and the entire Hunger Games community for their support and loyalty.”
The Hunger Games topped the UK box office on its opening weekend, taking almost £5 million. You can watch the trailer below.