As much as we love slapping silly titles on our posts, we’ve got a huge bone to pick with the media about their articles’ headlines. Could you please just stop with the terrible Hunger Games related ones? We’re not talking about stuff like “The Real Hunger Games: [insert tragic global injustice here]”, which is understandable. Go ahead and use The Hunger Games to bring awareness to social justice causes like fighting world hunger and poverty. That’s important, and we back that.
What I’m talking about is the frivolous use of it to make the writers seem cool and hip and current, but when juxtaposed with the message of The Hunger Games series seems at best tacky and at worst incredibly offensive.
Take this article on Elle.com:
It is utterly disgusting to use The Hunger Games to promote fad diets. While there are only two up, one of them is so ridiculous (Only use a fork for your last meal of the day!) you’d think the Capitol had invented it. While the Hunger Games don’t exist in the present day, the fundamentals of it, like using poverty and hunger as a means of control and oppression, is very real. What the media doesn’t seem to understand is that, while popular, The Hunger Games is very much a series that promotes social justice and has some very negative views regarding frivolity and vanity. So when things like this article happen, it is at the very least facepalm-inducing for anyone who has actually read and analyzed the books.
Remember, Katniss almost starved to death. Don’t use her story to promote silly and unhealthy ways of eating.
And this isn’t just a one-off instance. We track ‘Hunger Games’ on Google alerts, and we’ve rolled our eyes at a good number of headlines. But this one was just too terrible.
I could probably eat anything with a fork if it came down to it