Some fans of Suzanne Collins's young adult dystopian trilogy lashed out at the decision to cast black actors in the roles of Rue (Stenberg) and Thresh (Dayo Okeniyi) in the film adaptation, despite the original text describing the teens as having "dark brown skin".
Many Twitter users expressed disappointment in the decision, claiming that the castings "ruined the movie" while others used racial slurs against the pair.
Stenberg has since released a statement in response to the social networking attack, telling 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 has topped the UK weekend box office, bringing in £4,900,177. The movie also broke US box office records with $155 million in ticket sales during the opening weekend.
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