Hunger Games: Donald Sutherland fuzzy with his Reading Comprehension


The new sensation out there is the book series by Suzanne Collins. It’s called “The Hunger Games.” In an interview with ABC news, the man who plays the President of Panem in the movie, Sutherland compared the narrative as synonymous with the occupy movement vs the republicans. A funny and very fuzzy understanding of the movie at best.

You can watch his appearance courtesy of here.

In the actual story we have a situation in which an oppressive government that claims to take care of it’s people forces rule over its twelve member districts by fear and heavy rationing of resources. Every citizen who resides within the districts live with the fear that one of their children might be selected for the hunger games, a 24 person death match held by the capitol and promoted like a reality show for all in the country.

If you read through all 3 books what we actually have becomes a lot clearer to the duller minds of hollywood. The Capitol is an oppressive government, the media are the large crony capitalistic corporations that the government is willingly in bed with as long as the relationship remains mutual.

In the third book we see the final piece to the puzzle of this allegory. District 13, the forgotten district for so many years becomes the launching pad for much of the rebel movement. President Coin of D-13 plans to use Catniss and milk her popularity across the country as fuel and inspiration for the rebellion. Underlying in all of this is the fact that the so-called launchpad district of the rebellion is far from freedom or liberty and it’s endgame turns out to be quite sinister in the end. What we have here is a microcosm of what wrong with the 99%er movement all along. In fact many of the lead rebels were nearly everything they accused the Panem government of being.

In the end it took those who loved each other and who saw the value in life to shake off the desire for power and control from not only the Panem government, but from many of the rebels themselves because both were in the wrong.

So go ahead and pretend that this book series is a pro-occupy revolutionary kind of book, Mr. Sutherland. Understandably I don’t speak for the author, I speak for what I read. I leave you with the last paragraph of the book – if you haven’t read the series, this may not have the same effect for you that it had on me:

My children, who don’t know they play on a graveyard. Peeta says it will be okay. We have each other. And the book. We can make them understand in a way that will make them braver. But one day I’ll have to explain about my nightmares. Why they came. Why they won’t ever really go away.

I’ll tell them how I survive it. I’ll tell them that on bad mornings, it feels impossible to take pleasure in anything because I’m afraid it could be taken away. That’s when I make a list in my head of every act of goodness I’ve seen someone do. It’s like a game. Repetitive. Even a little tedious after more than twenty years.

But there are much worse games to play.

That’s always what my idea of a liberty movement has been from the beginning. One where we see the goodness in other people, one where we value life and one where our potential is limited only by our drive to succeed. Not by some overreaching government, but rather by our own work ethic. A free and prosperous society requires us to be moral and take personal responsibility. The moment we lose our values is the moment we cease to truly be free.

So Mr. Sutherland, I respectfully disagree. The way to fix this country is not through slamming the gauntlet down further on those who have acquired personal wealth and who already pay exorbitant tax rates to begin with. Those ideas my friends are of the rebels who wanted to eradicate the lives of children who had been raised in the capitol in the same sadistic way the original oppressive government did. The main character in the book saw that and refused to be a piece in either of those side’s, because in the end they are the perpetrators of the very same evil.

About Ryan G
26 year old blogger. Idealistic, hardworking, and optimistic. Bachelor's Degree and soon to have a masters degree.

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