Don’t quit Twitter if you get caught saying something racist, or someone will steal your account and mock you with it
By now, you’ve probably heard about all the racist tweets from kids who saw The Hunger Games and were disappointed to discover that a character named Rue was black. Despite the fact that the novel describes the youngest tribute, whatever that is, as having “dark brown skin,” remedial readers everywhere flocked to Twitter to complain about the black girl who ruined their movie.
But then, a “funny in every sense of the word” thing happened. The accounts from which these racist tweets were posted got deleted, either by Twitter or the users themselves. And as soon as a Twitter account becomes vacant, the quickest person on the draw can scoop it up and exploit it.
That’s why sw4q, the former Twitter handle of the girl who tweeted “Awkward moment when Rue is some black girl and not the innocent blonde girl you picture,” soon became home to just two tweets: a repeat of the above, and a second about the “awkward moment” when the Internet shames you for being a racist. The account has since been suspended.
It’s also why maggie_mcd11, the original handle of the girl who said “why does rue have to be black not gonna lie kinda ruined the movie,” soon became home to a veritable meme of similar tweets. It’s also been suspended, which is a damned shame, because it was excellent.
“why do bears have to be black not gonna lie kinda ruined the animal kingdom”
The greatest victory of all, however, goes to Amandla Stenberg, the actor who played Rue. Not only is she taking the whole fiasco in stride, but her statement on the matter might be human history’s classiest and most mature phrasing of “Whatever, dicks, I’m in one of the biggest movies of all time, and you’re not.”
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