Add this to another chapter of, "Liberals Ruin Everything."
As with many great works of science-fiction, the world of Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games can be viewed as an allegory to our own world. While individual readers and/or audience members will ultimately have to make their own conclusions about the story's relevancy to their own lives, actor Donald Sutherland has some very specific thoughts on the sociopolitical meaning of the tale, likening Katniss Everdeen's struggle to the Occupy movement. ...
Q: It's interesting that you could really connect it to the Occupy movement. The underdog speech is something you might hear on conservative radio.
Sutherland: Exactly, yeah. Yeah. Except for Rush [Limbaugh] [laughs]. I bet Lionsgate doesn't want us to dwell too much on Occupy Wall Street. But you're right. I went there. I went to Occupy Vancouver. It felt so good. Somewhere around '74, whatever we were doing was co-opted. It was commercialized. It became a brand and everybody lost heart. I have here [reaches for his briefcase], I have it here I don't want to take it out, The Port Huron Statement, that the SDS made in 1962... Oh god, read it. Read it! Read it! It's so -- it's just brilliant. It's really brilliant. It's brilliant today and I can't read it because I can't see properly, but it ends with something to the effect of 'You might think that what we are proposing is unattainable. But we're proposing that because otherwise what is going to happen is unimaginable.' And that's what happened.
I'm unfamiliar with the source material but it sounds as though this is the kind of story where you can read whatever you want into it. It's just a shame that as an ambassador for the film, Sutherland can't restrain himself from interpreting and planting a seed for us.
Of course, it's not entirely his fault. The interviewer seems pretty eager to lead him in that direction.
After so many left-wing box office flops and conservative box office successes, maybe the left is setting the stage to claim this as some sort of victory for the great unwashed, rape-tolerant crybabies who make up the scurvy Occupy movement.