Hunger Games gets nasty

Not your parent’s teen slasher flick

Hunger Games is the story of a dystopic future where children hunt and kill each other for sport and for the amusement of TV viewers. So it seems like some one, maybe the author, has been watching Survivor. Survivor might have made more sense if they dispensed with the Machiavellian scheming and just armed the contestants with rifles and let them go at it! Like Survivor, HG has made stars out of some previously unknown young performers – who will now go on to hunt and eat each other, virtually, in the Hollywood Games Grid (That’s what made an alcoholic out of Daniel Harry Potter Radcliffe, though it can’t be blamed for Emma Watson being slightly snotty. I think that’s how she got cast in the first place. A Hogworts girl has to have spirit, even of some American Ivy League colleges won’t stand for it!). That’s where cannibalism takes the form of ‘psychic vampirism‘ via mean little mind games. So where do these hi powered movie makers get their ideas? Also like reality TV, Hunger Games is stirring up some controversy. In this case it’s in the form of a vein of latent racism that got exposed via Twitter – misspellings, bad grammar, & all! Sure Twitter could use a spell check option but who could’ve anticipated that with a 140 character limit? it’s not like blogging!

spring is sprung the grass is ris, Twitter’s where the outrage is

In this cause the source of the fuss is a character called Rue. In the film she’s black. Some followers of the book aren’t keen on that. So naturally they took to Twitter to air their grievances. Some of those highlights have gotten picked up on Tumblr, in a Tumblog called Hunger Games Tweets. The blog author has waded through the racist blurbs and selected some of the ‘highlights’ for reports. Reposting other people’s posts ain’t an original Internet idea, but this one has worked out so well that it might be worth stealing, for the higher cause of raising consciousness about what’s going on, of course. You mihgt be surprised, shocked, or merely outraged by some of the comments that have got made. Comments like those below:

No one made this kind of fuss over Green Lantern!

& there’s plenty more where that came from. While these kids ain’t armed and dangerous, except in the virtual sense, they do seem to have a strange sense of fun, & no problem with cruelty. So that’s where HGT comes in, by playing spoil sport. Now don’t get me wrong. I think everyone can agree that watching teenagers in peril is the kind of fun that has entertained movie goers for 50 years. It bridges the generations by giving kids and adults something creepy that they can both enjoy. The racist response is tainting the fun. So if the sport is getting spoiled it’s only cause there’s so much sport in the world that needs spoiling!

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