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‘Hunger Games’ Politics In Debate

March 24, 2012 by staff 

‘Hunger Games’ Politics In Debate, “The Hunger Games” is a rarity — a Hollywood blockbuster that inspires political discourse. Is it a liberal movie? Is it a conservative flick? Is it both? It all depends on who you ask.

An article from the Hollywood Reporter explains how folks can see their own beliefs reflected in the story. For example, people who back the Occupy movement note that the movie and the book it is based upon feature a world divided into rich and poor. The rich are viewed as layabouts and the poor are hard-working and put upon.

Actor Penn Badgley, best known for his work on “Gossip Girl,” attended the premiere with girlfriend Zoe Kravitz. Badgley remarked to New York Magazine, “It’s the 1 percent (killing the kids)… I think you’d have to be blind to not see that. I was shocked to see all that in there.”

The creator of “The Hunger Games,” author Suzanne Collins, mentioned that the story has a lot to say about climate change. In the film’s press notes, Collins noted the themes she hopes young readers hold on to.

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