10 Fascinating Facts About The ‘Hunger Games’ Series
#2 Katniss Nearly Caused Worldwide Riots
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay–Part 2 was released worldwide in November 2015. However, two countries notably delayed the release of the blockbuster movie: China and Thailand. Why did these countries do this?
According to The Washington Post, there were fears that Katniss Everdeen’s cry for rebellion against the government might send waves far beyond the silver screen. For example, The Post suggests Chinese censors feared a movie where a young woman urges the poor, oppressed outer colonies to rise up against the centralized totalitarian government which some suggest resembles Beijing’s relationship with its own distant provinces.
In Thailand, things were a bit more obvious. Since the Thai government came into power via a military coup in early 2014, the movie has served as a rallying call for protesters. Accordingly, certain Bangkok cinemas canceled all screenings for the opening weekend. Around the same time, other protesters were arrested for flashing the three-fingered salute that Katniss famously associated with solidarity and resistance to corrupt governmental forces.