Published: Tuesday, March 27 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT
I agree with Elizabeth Tew about the "Hunger Games". The movie is about
a society that has become so depraved that they watch kids killing kids. The
theater was full of people watching people who watched kids killing kids.
Unfortunately, I was one of those people in the audience. It was a sickening
experience for me.Throughout the movie, I wondered whether what I
was doing was that much different than being part of the Roman Circuses where
the people watched gladiators kill each other or whether what I was doing was
that much different than watching the Nazis round up the Jews for slaughter.The reality of that movie is that we are just as depraved as the people
portrayed on the screen if we think its entertainment to watch kids killing kids
- even if it's just a movie.
This left wing movie truly represents the worst of what modern Hollywood has to
offer. The fact that parents are taking their children to see this movie is
proof that society has degenerated significantly in the last 50 years.Modern Hollywood continues to produce movies which glorify violence, with each
new movie being more violent than the last. These movies portray violence as
just another form of recreation, with no consequences whatsoever.Is
it any wonder that there is an epidemic of violent crime amongst the juvenile
population? Is it surprising that public schools have become some of the most
dangerous places in America?The public can no longer afford to
ignore the irrefutable fact that children who grow up watching violent movies
become adults who egage in violent crime at a far greater rate than the general
population. Any parent who cares about the welfare of his child, and the welfare
of society, must prevent his child from seeing the Hunger Games.
As well all know all previous civilizations were much less violent than this
one. Nobody ever fed other humans to lions for entertainment (real as opposed to
Hunger Games' pretend). The Chinese never constructed a 3,000 mile long
wall to keep out warring tribes. Those tribes in South America never practiced
infanticide when they got too large to support. Yep, this is the only bad
Mitt Romney took his grandkids to see this past weekend. He loved it and had no
problem with younger kids seeing it (see his CNN interview). It left me with
further doubts about the man and gave me more reasons to support someone else
with strong family values, President Obama.
I remember when I was in high school, I was required to read a book that dealt
with death on a monumental scale. The final battle scene in the book had
upwards of 10,000 deaths with one race annihilating another. The violence was
off the charts, yet for some reason, it was a great book for me to read and I
was encouraged to read it, and have been encouraged to continue reading it on a
daily basis. Now, I'm not trying to compare "The Hunger
Games" to scripture, but trust me, "The Hunger Games" is not the
first and only time teens will be exposed to violence.
@Mike RichardsIf you didn't research the subject matter of the
movie by either reading the book or even a synopsis, then you have no one to
blame but yourself for being jarred by the subject matter.
I am going to guess that the letter writer has not seen the movie, if so the
point was entirely missed. The violdence was not glamorized (in
fact it was played down from the books), but was a means used to tell a story.
The story was meant to be shocking, and if one did not find it shocking I
suggest they attend therapy. It was a movie about how society can be so
depraved that they celebrate killing of children, and that it eventually wakes
up and realizes it is wrong and the rebellions that follow.
It’s a fictional book and a fictional movie.Yet, ironically --
Conservatives think sending REAL 18 year olds to fight REAL wars for OIL is
somehow O.K. and Morally justified?BTW – in WWII the age was
16, and the Nazi used 14 year olds, the American Civil War used 14 years olds,
and the American Revolution sent 12 year olds.
A fundamental principle of drama is that portrayal does not equal advocacy.
Shakespeare's Richard III shows a vicious sociopath murdering his way to
power. But the point of the play is that power-mad fanatics do exist, and need
to be opposed. The Hunger Games portrays what it specifically does not
advocate--the use of violence for the purpose of popular entertainment. It
takes the phenomenon of reality TV to its logical extreme. It does so to warn
us against such excesses. It also portrays grace and courage and the
possibility of humanity in the midst of totalitarian horror. It is, in
other words, a finely crafted, morally responsible work of fiction. Some
comments here have compared it to the Roman games. Excellent comparison--this
film shows a society sufficiently depraved to turn human murder into live
entertainment. That's what Hunger Games is attacking. Our society
isn't as depraved as Rome, but we might imagine circumstances in which we
become so depraved. This film is intended as a corrective--and it pulls it off.
Good film, with a moral purpose. Glad I saw it, glad I took my family, glad we
talked about it together afterwards.
per LDS Liberal 9:11 a.m. March 27, 2012"It’s a fictional
book and a fictional movie."People had a conniption about the
DaVinci Code a few yrs ago. I pointed out it too was fiction. I learned Social
conservatives love to hop up on the soapbox about the least little sign of
alleged moral decay. Really its all they have IMO.
Only the truly out of touch fail to recognize that modern Hollywood is dominated
by the left wing. These Hollywood directors, producers, and actors give huge
sums to left wing candidates and also lead the fight for left wing causes like
the attack on traditional marriage and the effort to remove all restrictions on
abortion. Clearly, Hollywood is a tool of the left wing.
I think the letter writer needs to be less concerned with fictional violence,
and more concerned about the real violence that is happening around the
world.On a daily basis there is real violence that is broadcast into our
homes via television news.I find it interesting that we preach for young
men and women to be non-violent; yet when we feel there is a patriotic reason;
we will then train them to kill; give them some of the most lethal weapons in
the history of the world; and send them into another country to fight other
young people who probably believe they are just defending their families.Sometimes war is necessary, however, if those who start wars, had to send
their own kids, there probably would be fewer wars.Old men start wars, and
young men dieThe rich profit from war, and the poor die
@john charity springs Fortunately John those of us on the left only need
to look at the facts to see that we are a more just society then ever and as
safe as we have been in at least the last 40 years in terms of crime and
violence, but you feel free to hold onto your fear mongering.
I agree the subject matter is shocking... but I think it was intended. I don't think it was intended to PROMOTE the fantasy society they
lived in. Rather, it was intended as a WARNING... or where we DON'T want
our society to go in the future.I think you have to read it in the
frame of mind it was intended for. Keep in mind it is "fiction" and in
the "fantasy" Genre. So you are not supposed to take it literally or
emulate this fictional society went WAY, WAY, WAY over the lines of what is
acceptable.I don't think it was intended to cheapen human life,
but to warn AGAINST a society that has cheapened life to the point of being
entertainment (which is a warning we could use).If this book is not
appropriate for ANYBODY... we need to reconsider who should be reading the Book
of Mormon. There was more killing in the Book of Mormon than in Hunger
Games.I agree it's not appropriate if you can't handle a
fantasy story illustrating drastic moral dilemmas.
Some of you really need to understand the difference between fiction and
nonfiction. Plus, some of you disgusted with fictional characters dying, are
obsessed with the removal of a policy that provides health insurance to millions
of people. You are the death panels.
Good grief. Now a movie is part of the presidential campaign? What are you
going to do, Esquire, if Obama says he liked it too? Where were you when
Clinton was having sex in the Oval Office? What is your view of Gingrich trying
to impeach Clinton while cheating on his own wife? Those are the kind of people
you should be concerned about. Unfortunately, too many presidents have had low
moral standards. Let's not keep moral men out of office because they chose
to watch a PG-13 movie with their family. How do you know they didn't have
a very meaningful discussion concerning the merits of violence in society and
its portrayal in the arts after viewing it?
I'm really surprised that the political right (at least on this page) is so
vociferous regarding the themes in this work. It's probably the closest
thing we have to Brave New World that had and continues to have such an impact
on its readers. It's the story of what happens when government takes total
control of our lives. How can that be left-wing? If anything, it's
anti-government! This should be seen by as many people as possible to be as a
warning to encroaching government control of just about every aspect of our
lives. GO SEE IT!! Let it be a warning to those who think government is the
solution to every problem!
@Earlhow did you get from the movie or the book that the way their world
ended up that way was because they thought the government was a solution to all
their problems? that is a really big stretch by any imagination.
The guy up there forgot about the Mayan and Aztecs that practiced human
sacrifice. Heck, it wasn't 70 years ago that leaders in Western
Civilization were killing millions of people in the Holocaust. Ask those poor
people of Tyre what happened when they resisted Alexander the Great--pretty much
every male captured in the city killed, women and children sold into slavery. I
won't even go into the Book of Mormon or Bible. Good observation how young
many soldiers were in the American Revolutionary War, Civil War, and World War
II, all SANCTIONED by the government.If anything we have come along
way in actually being civilized and treating each other better. The good old
days weren't the good old days at any stretch of the imagination.Plus, like Eric Samuelson said so well, perhaps the POINT of the movie (and
book, lest we forget this was a book first and NOT a creation of
"liberal" Hollywood producers) was to make us THINK about the direction
of our current civilization and what direction we are heading. Sometimes art can
be shocking and thought provoking.
If you are a person who knows the 'parents television council' exists,
don't see this move. Just don't. Exercise your right to not. But
don't expect me to follow suit. I may or may not, but I'll make my own
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