Jennifer Lawrence, star of The Hunger Games, is on the cover of Parade magazine this week, along with an interview. I like Jennifer Lawrence. She was so good in Winter’s Bone! Let’s put it this way, she was so good in Winter’s Bone that I’m not even going to mention her performance in another movie that rhymes with Schmex-Schmen: Schmfirst Schmclass. Not even gong to mention it. These lips are sealed. But liking Jennifer Lawrence aside, this quote about The Hunger Games as a parable for today’s society is still hilarious:

I was watching the Kardashian girl getting divorced, and that’s a tragedy for anyone. But they’re using it for entertainment, and we’re watching it. The books hold up a terrible kind of mirror: This is what our society could be like if we became desensitized to trauma and to each other’s pain.

Hahaha. Uh huh! No, totally. Setting aside for a moment the rampant speculation that Kim Kardashian actually only went through with the wedding because she had multi-million-dollar endorsement deals that would have fallen apart otherwise, I obviously agree with the general sentiment that her private life isn’t or at least shouldn’t be any of our business and I really wish she would stop single-handedly MAKING it our business. There is obviously a darkness to America’s fascination with a public life falling apart, although that is the overall bargain you make in being a celebrity and Kim Kardashian can hardly be proclaimed innocent in the public airing of her personal grief. And all of that being said, I definitely don’t agree that people being curious about a divorce is the exactly the same thing as CHILDREN FORCED TO MURDER EACH OTHER FOR THE BLOODSPORT OF A SECLUDED MONIED CLASS IN AN APOCALYPTIC WASTELAND GOVERNED BY BRUTAL TYRANNY, FEAR, AND SLAVE LABOR. But, no, yeah, totally. If you think about it, you guys? We’re like three-quarters of the way there I’m sure. Why can’t you just let Katniss be great?!

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  1. This is what the world’s coming to.

  2. I don’t really care to get into the Kardashian/Hunger Games comparison…I just really want to express my excitement for the movie. Without further ado:

    OMG OMG OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. So I watched an episode of those Kardashians once, and they were all whining about the paparazzi watching them at the gym while they worked out their buttocks and it was all weird because they were unhappy about being photographed while they were happily being followed by a film crew and OMG MY HEAD, IT HURT SO BAD.

  4. What a careless comparison!

    • Picking the Kardashians as an example of reality tv is indeed unfortunate/careless, but the concern she’s addressing of the dangers of being desensitized to others pain and suffering is still apt. As a race we are frigging nosey and voyeuristic, and have in the past enjoyed gladiatorial matches to the death, public executions and beheadings, crucifixions, Real World: Road Rules challenges, etc.

      it’s not a far cry from taking all that and imagining a scenario that Idiocracy already has and done the work for us: A crowd of stupid, desensitized people cheering and jeering at monster trucks with huge phalluses bolted to the fronts, and a girly-man underdog running away from a man with a grenade launcher in one hand and a flamethrower in the other, and his name is Beef SUPREME and he is King Shit of Fuck Mountain.

  5. “So that’s what these Hungry Games are all about?” – So Many Moms After Reading Parade Magazine

  6. “Whether it’s Gale Hawthorne or Katniss Everdeen or whoever, prolicide is certainly celebrated. Being a tribute is a valuable commodity in this culture because you’re rewarded significantly.” -Jon Hamm, The Capitol

  7. Did the collective moms of Hollywood all put notes in their respective celebrity sons and daughters to remind them to mention Kim Kardashian in interviews if the occasion arises?

    Reporter: So were you even alive when 21 Jumpstreet was originally on the air?

    Jonah Hill: No. But, it’s a show I really respond to. Speaking of butts. Kim Kardashian.

  8. i dont think anyone would be opposed if the kardashians were in a show where they had to kill each other for entertainment.

  9. GUYS! I just bought the books online a couple of days ago and now need to have them arrive and have at least the first one read in the space of the next week so I can be ready to see the movie! I don’t even know why I bought a bunch of books just so I could go see a movie based on them that I’m not even excited for because I haven’t read the books yet and therefore know nothing about them or if I’ll even enjoy them! I read Battle Royale when I was 14 and really enjoyed that book so I probably will even though I’m a bunch older now! I found a really cheap deal on the trilogy as a set so no regrets either way! I want to be part of the cultural conversation! I need to lie down now!

  10. Parade Magazine? TL; DR. I only have time in my busy life for the Marilyn Los Savant page.

  11. I just now remembered that I never went back to check who won that Hunger Games haiku contest to win tickets to the premiere. Here are the finalists: http://www.movieline.com/2012/02/29/and-the-winner-of-movielines-hunger-games-haiku-contest-is/

  12. Haha “the Kardashian girl.” Come on, Jennifer Lawrence, you know her name.

  13. Is it just me or does that look like a painting, not a photo, of J.Law? Or perhaps a computer generated model. Or just plastic. NOT LIFELIKE IS WHAT I’M TRYING TO SAY.

  14. Hey, Xmen First Class was wonderful and so was she. But maybe I just think so because Mystique is forever my favourite Xmen?!?!?!?!? I don’t know. But anyways, Mutant and Proud.

    • Any film production and any woman who commit to going through 8+ hours of make up on a daily basis– most of which is applied directly to the woman’s naked body with what is ostensibly just latex glued over the parts that are private and airbrushes and bodypaint over the rest– gets a thumbs up in my book. KajusX & Chainsaws Official Seal of Approval. That takes guts, commitment, confidence, and inGENUITY!!! http://youtu.be/g8MMac984nI

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