I am not a true fan of Sci-Fi, but every now and again there is a movie or series of movies that get me hooked. The Hunger Games fits into that category. So, a long story, short, over the last three days I have watched the first three Hunger Games movies. Based upon comments from my husband, I am going to make my own assessment and hopefully deal with “criticism” or otherwise of these movies.
First of all, I felt very disturbed over the idea of girls aged around 11 being forced to kill or be killed. In the first movie there were two young girls. The white girl was killed very quickly but Rhu became an important part of the story. Rhu, the black girl was resourceful. She allied herself to Kaitness, and when Kaitness was overcome by the killer wasps it was Rhu who applied the poultices that saved her life. The death of Rhu was really hard to watch and in my mind I found it unacceptable that someone so young should be forced to die in that way… BUT….
In the first century A.D. there were young girls who became martyrs after they were thrown to the lions or faced other indignity in the Coliseum. St. Agatha was one of those young girls who died as a martyr after being gored by a lion. Many of the same saints also faced gladiators, being forced to fight to the death for the entertainment of the Roman Emperor.
President Snow can be compared to those Roman Emperors who enjoyed watching people being killed in the arena. The people of the Capitol in the Hunger Games behaved in a similar way to the Roman citizens who would come and watch as gladiators fought to the death. The Hunger Games, therefore is a reminder of what took place in a much less civilized society.
Second, apparently some critics are claiming that the protesters at Ferguson have adopted the hand signal that one sees in the Hunger Games. Well, I think that such claims are absolute b.s. because I cannot imagine the fiends who have been protesting either reading a book or watching a movie at the theatre (especially when they need to sit through 3 movies). Yes, the theme is that of rebelling against oppression, but there is no similarity in the Ferguson case, the New York case or any other case that has been hitting the headlines in recent months for the simple reason there is no oppression in Ferguson or New York or Los Angeles. If one has to talk about enslavement then one needs to look at the way in which the Democrats keep the Black community hooked on welfare and drugs.
The people in the districts in the Hunger Games are in fact very oppressed. The whole idea that two children from each district are chosen to fight against each other to the death is horrific, and it is a method that is used to keep the people enslaved or obedient. The “guards” are dressed in the same fashion as storm troopers. In this regard there is a similarity to the Storm Troopers in the Star Wars movies and likewise this is a reminder of the S.S., as well as the Chinese military, the Soviet military and the Korean military. In each case the dictator of that country puts the military forces on display as a method of intimidation towards the population. Intimidation of the populace is a very strong theme.
It is Katniss who does a three finger hand signal. The first man from district 11 who uses this hand signal is grabbed and beaten to death. It is this hand signal that becomes a unifying sign amongst a population that has been oppressed and is ready to rebel. The people have faced public humiliation and execution, sometimes for no reason at all. There is no similarity at all to the events in Ferguson.
I will reiterate what I know about those events in Ferguson. Michael Brown and his companion had been involved in a strong arm robbery at a store. A customer inside the store called the police. The store clerk and the owner were so intimidated by the black gangs in the area that they were upset over the police being called in the first place. Officer WIlson had been on a call in the area. He spotted Brown and his companion walking in the middle of the road, and he spoke to them, telling them to get off the road. At the same time Officer Wilson heard the call over the radio regarding the robbery and heard a description of the felons. He realized that the two individuals he had spoken to fitted the description and so he backed up his car to speak with them again. Brown had the cigarellos in his hand and he passed them to his companion. This time Brown was angry and he punched the police officer in the face. He also attempted to grab Wilson’s gun – the gun discharged the first time during that struggle in the car. Brown took off and WIlson took off after him, telling Brown to stop. Brown turned around but instead of stopping Brown began to charge at Wilson, who then shot at Brown several times, wounding him in the arm. Brown gave one final charge at Wilson, lowering his head at the same time. Wilson had fired again, only this time the shot was fatal.
Unless someone has no arms and hands, it is ridiculous to claim that such a person is unarmed. People use their hands to murder others e.g through strangulation, punching someone in the head etc. Brown was a very large male and he had a lot of strength in his hands. Wilson was no match for Brown when it came to throwing punches, especially in the confines of the car, neither was he a match in terms of weight. As such, I believe that Brown was in fact armed with his hands. Wilson told Brown to stop, but Brown refused to obey. In other words Brown was resisting arrest over the stolen box of cigarellos.
Dorian Johnson lied about what took place. His “hands up, don’t shoot” scenario never happened. That scenario was the product of something made up by someone who appeared on the scene later. It is this “Hands up, don’t shoot” that is being compared to the hand signal in the Hunger Games, even though there is absolutely no similarity within the symbolism. If there are other hand signals being used then they are signals that belong to the gangs, especially the Crips.
Criminals bring about their own demise and that is what happened in at least 2 of the cases that have gained so much publicity. Both Michael Brown and Eric Garner resisted arrest. In the case of Eric Garner though, it is doubtful that the police offier’s actions actually caused his death. I have doubts that the hold that was applied was even a chokehold. Yes hands were applied to Garner’s neck but that was not necessarily a chokehold. The reason Garner could not breathe was due to his asthma. The mere fact that he could say “I can’t breathe” is evidence that the hold was not a chokehold. However, the radical Left, the Communists and the Anarchists have taken up a cry of wanting an indictment where there is not sufficient reason to charge anyone with a homicide. The latest case from Berkley Missouri fits into the same category (unless new information comes to light). Garner was being arrested because he was selling single cigarettes in an attempt to avoid paying tax. That is an offence. He was resisting arrest.
In other words, the Hunger Games have proved to be movies of a certain genre that grabs one’s attention, in the same way that Star Wars grabbed the attention of my generation. There were many comparisons to be made e.g. the comparison to ancient Rome, and to Star Wars itself, and of course it is good vs. evil. The movies will grab the attention of some people, but not others. There is one more comparison and that is with I.S. in the way that intimidation is used to cow the population (until the oppressed population in the rebellious districts say no more). However, when it comes to something like Ferguson, there is no comparison because whoever made that claim is talking through his backside!!