Hunger Games vs US Games
This was a pretty good comment I read, so I’m just reproducing it here. http://www.americanthinker.com/2013/12/will_the_mockingjay_catch_fire_comments.html#disqus_thread
liljenborg • 8 hours ago
What I find so funny about the popularity of the Hunger Games is how the left looks at these movies and sees themselves as the heroes. They see a story about the downtrodden 99% rising up against the 1% and cheer on the Occupy Wall Street movement as the ideological brethren of Katniss. They don’t see themselves as the denizens of “decadent metropolis liberally composed of foppish, narcissistic parasites.” Those decadent denizens are obviously right wingers. They see themselves as the outdoorsy, bow hunting heroine, sacrificing herself to keep her family safe (even though “outdoorsy”, “bow-hunting”, and “family” are strange words associated with evil people like those “bitter clingers”). They don’t see the press as a wholly owned subsidiary of the DNC, it’s owned by “the corporations”. They don’t see Hollywood, the source of the enthralling wave of Reality TV, as the left’s very own propaganda service. They still believe that the Wall Street they occupy is their enemy and not the source of their very own funding and the primary donors to the politicians they support (because these politicos claim they will reign in those pesky rich folk, as soon as they get back from the $2,000-a-plate Sierra Club fund-raiser with emcee George Clooney). They still believe the Wall Street they occupy is the financial center of the country, when, by most measures, the financial center of the country has moved south to the Capitol.
They see Katniss’ wedding dress dissolve into her Mockingjay outfit and they see homosexuals destroying that outmoded institution of marriage as a rebellious act against those bitter clingers. They don’t see a young woman, whose romantic life has been scripted by the entertainment industry and media handlers to mollify the mob and somehow corral her into following their direction. They don’t see that even her transition into the focal point of the rebellion has been scripted for her by the rebels.
So successfully have the leftist who love this series transferred their guilt and their complicity in the destruction of American society that they look at the calculating and manipulative character President Harrison and his lackeys running his cavalcade of bread and circuses and see, not this administration and their whole hearted supporters in the press and entertainment industries, but everything conservative. They believe the foppish, effeminate mobs are the faceless 1% (who must be right wing, by definition). Because we all know that the people who make more than a million dollars a year only make that money by mysterious market manipulations and exploiting the 99%. They couldn’t possibly, say (and I know how ludicrous this sounds) earn it by working hard at something. The 1% spend their days playing golf (like the president) or living it up at parties (like the first lady) and vacationing with their rich friends in exotic locations (like the first family). The rich don’t spend their days working, so the only way they “earn” their money is by tricking their way into it (like Solyndra), or inheriting it (like the Kennedys) or marrying into it (like the Secretary of State), or extorting it from honest folks (like Rev. Jackson, Sharpton, et al). They know that those 1%, like Rush Limbaugh, and the mind numbed drones who listen to him are the real villains. Even though, if you come across someone bow hunting in the woods like their heroine Katniss Everdeen, that person is far more likely to have a “Rush is Right” bumper sticker on their truck than an “O” bumper sticker on their Prius.
I don’t think it even enters their head that THEY are the dictators. They don’t see that it is our growing rule by bureaucracy, by self-appointed “experts”, inexorably hemming everyone in with regulations and policies is tyrannical and totalitarian. They think all those rules are right. They think that totalitarian state is liberating. You don’t have to decide what to have for dinner tonight, Michell Obama’s website will tell you what to fix (i.e. the bread), now you’re free to decide whether you want to watch American Idol or that gay-affirming sit-com (i.e. the circuses). You are free to go to college and become an academic and live your life the way you choose (as long as you choose to live the way the “experts” say you should, that is, live the way we do) because you aren’t forced to live in district 12 and mine coal so you can afford health insurance. Besides grunt work like that can be handled by those ignorant bitter
clingers or maybe some of those poor souls coming to America sans
documentation, because they do the work Americans won’t do (so long as they join unions with a history of donating to
leftist politicians). You don’t have to bear the long, costly, emotionally draining burden of raising the kids that result from your sleeping around. You can abort it, or, if you chose (though we all really know you shouldn’t, Spaceship Earth is already overpopulated) the (union run) schools can raise them for you.
They have so convinced themselves that the Right are the villains, that they can look at a series of stories like these and not notice they’re really looking into a mirror and seeing the world their own utopian fantasies are building.