Published: Thursday, March 22 2012 4:00 p.m. MDT
The recommendation of this movie is an irresponsible act of the highest
magnitude. No reviewer who cares about children would recommend that they watch
this celebration of violence.Study after study confirms that
children exposed to depictions of sex and violence in entertainment media grow
up to experience greater rates of addiction, criminal behavior, and deviant
sexuality than the normal population.A few hours of mindless
pleasure is not worth the tremendous lifetime risk that watching this movie
poses to children. Avoid it at all costs.
John Charity Spring,(Ironic name considering the attitude expressed
in your comments!) Have you even read The Hunger Games trilogy? Do you have ANY
idea of how deep and compelling and thought-provoking the story is? Do you have
any idea what lessons can be learned from the books, and this movie? You sound very judgmental in your comments, and as a parent whose children
WILL be seeing this movie, as will my husband and myself, I think you are way
out of line. You act as if we're just shipping kids off to the theater and
not talking to them about the movie. I'm offended by that perceived
assumption on your part. I am a good parent, a responsible parent. My daughter
is an NHS member and has been accepted to BYU. My son is a smart, funny, caring
almost-15 year old who has a very firm grasp of reality vs. fiction. I hope
you're not a parent, because your rigidity and mindless repetitive blather
would probably traumatize a child more than a MOVIE would!
JCS: Why is it I think you are judging this film without having seen it or read
the book? As for immoralness of the book, there is no sex, and it is a lot less
violent the the Book of Mormon. The story shows a class division of the
wealthy elete, and the povwerty of the districts. The youth of the districts are
made to fight and kill for the entertainment of the elete. If the theme of the
book/movie is so evil, then what is even worse are people who vote for tax
breaks to the wealthy, while children, elderly, widows, vets are unable to
afford rent, healthcare, nutrition, etc. We have rulers who send our youth to
fight and kill in the arena of Iraq, and for what? Is it more immoral to read
this story, or to vote for the warmongers and to prop up the wealthy elete at
the expense of the rest of us?
Dear John,If you knew anything about the Hunger Games you would know
that the story is anything but a celebration of violence. It is, actually, quite
George Q. Cannon knew what appealed. To be popular, they must "appeal to the
lowest and most brutal passions of the crowd; they must abound with sensational
outrages, they must deal with the terrible, and be crowded from beginning to end
with adultery and arson, murder and mystery, gloom and ghastliness, bastardy and
bloodshed, perjury and profligacy; in fact must be seasoned with every sin
denounced in the Decalogue, and a few never thought of in the days of the Ten
Commandments were given. Added to this they very often bear a most pernicious
moral[,] gilding vice with every grace and accomplishment necessary to render it
romantic in the eyes of inexperienced boys and foolish girls, whilst virtue is
made to appear a very humdrum, antiquated, unfashionable, old fogyism . . .
." (George Q. Cannon, "What Shall Our Children Read?" The Deseret
Evening News, April 21, 1869, p. 2.)It's not that violence and
sensational outrage should not be treated in literature and drama, not at all.
But for those of tender years who have not yet developed a sense to distinguish
a play or movie from reality, the gilding serves to hide the dross underneath
and make it appear acceptable and normal.
So if a violent trilogy can be wrapped in "compelling, deep and
though-provoking" story-telling, then it's OK? I don't care if you
talk to your kids or if your daughter is going to BYU. You really ripped on Mr.
Spring with some pretty strong language about how uncaring he supposedly is.
Rather ironic. You have to allow that some people have a right to differ in
their opinions without going on the attack.
Easy there "Mom" - Peace and confidence in one's own decisions
usually allows others to share their opinion without such defensiveness and
retaliation.To the broader violence issue, speaking from an LDS POV,
that pesky FSoY pamphlet might be bothersome: "Satan uses media to deceive
you…Do not attend, view, or participate in anything that is vulgar,
immoral, violent, or pornographic in any way. Have the courage to walk out of a
movie, change your music, or turn off a computer, television, or mobile device
if what you see or hear drives away the Spirit."I've never
heard anyone justify not studying their scriptures because the FSoY warns
against violence. I have, on the other hand, seen many justify
their vile media choices because they read something awful in the scriptures.
Since we are encouraged to read the scriptures to invite the Spirit, I would
assume most can differentiate between Spirit inviting scriptures and Spirit
offending media but maybe not.Additionally, as a parent, may I never
find myself in need of something as ill conceived as the HG trilogy to start a
conversation with my child.
Goodness sakes, no one is going to be eternally scarred from reading the hunger
games. It is a good book. Harry Potter had kids fighting an death battle. So
did Percy Jackson. To Kill a Mockingbird talks about rape and child abuse.
Huck Finn is about racism and child abuse. We use literature to process our
world. It is fine. If the books disturb you don't read them but then
again, don't accuse others of child abuse/neglect or lack of religiosity.
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