It’s disappointing to hear something like this happening. In the Israeli cities of Jerusalem and Bnei Brak, posters for the ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2’ have not been featuring its star Jennifer Lawrence because the local PR firm was worried that a poster with a woman on it would offend people.
Israeli newspaper ‘Haaretz’ stated that the ‘Hunger Games’ posters throughout these two cities feature Katniss’ bow and arrow and a crown instead of an image of Katniss herself. The PR representative told the press, “We discovered that public posters with the image of a female are torn down in Jerusalem, while Bnei Brak does not allow posters with female images.”
Oddly enough, these policies seem strikingly reminiscent of the tyrannical government in ‘The Hunger Games’.
There’s little the marketing company, Nu Star Media, can do about this. “Unfortunately we are subject to unofficial coercion that forces us to be more careful. We have had endless vandalization, and clients prefer not to take the chance. We allow everything, but we recommend hanging another visual when necessary. The decision is the clients’,” stated VP of marketing Liron Suissa.
This is obviously very infuriating and sad. It also feels very indicative of the state of the world we’re seeing in various news outlets. We have groups of people steadfast in their intolerant ideology with an inability to open their hearts and minds to change. Sure, this is a movie poster and in no way compares to the devastation caused by terrorism and the disastrous results of those who base their convictions on fear. But the underlying reason for those angered by a woman on a movie poster is one that needs to be addressed.