The irony hiding in the hunger games

The Hunger Games book trilogy has been a smash success in the world over for a few years now, so it was no real surprise that Hollywood decided to turn it into a movie. The books tell the story of a dystopian future where war has ravaged the land, and where most live their lives in a permanent state of hunger. It also came as no real surprise that the actors chosen to play the roles of the main characters were young, good-looking, and about as far from starving as you could possibly imagine. It would seem that Hollywood has to keep things pretty, even when the subject matter would have the characters appear otherwise.

What’s funny, and somewhat ironic, is that they could really have used this movie to push their agenda of making sure that their actresses stay nice and thin, which is just the way Hollywood likes them. There was in fact a little bit of backlash, with some people commenting that Jennifer Lawrence, the actress who plays Katniss Everdeen in the movie, was a little too overweight for the role. The fact that Miss Lawrence is a perfectly natural looking woman with a nice figure didn’t stop folks pointing the finger, which was something that she spoke about in a magazine interview.

“I’ve never really dieted or wanted to diet or anything, and I just feel like, it’s something that really overwhelms our industry in an unfortunate way. It just kind of becomes this distracting dark cloud.”

The sad thing is that it’s not just weight that is an issue for women in the movie business. They are constantly questioned on their looks, especially as they age. Meg Ryan was once the queen of the box office, loved by many for her cute, girl next door looks. When she started to age, the offers stopped coming in, forcing her to undergo some surgical procedures that totally changed the way she looked. It wasn’t money well spent, as Hollywood has continued to turn their back on her now that she has lost the ability to make them any money. Older women are often cast aside and ignored, with Hollywood having us all believe that every healthy relationship in the world consists of a pot-bellied fifty something man and his stunning 25-year old wife. Miss Lawrence had more to say on the subject:

“I grew up with tabloids and seeing it on TV, and who’s losing this much weight, how to lose this weight this fast, and it’s just … it’s kind of gross,” she said. “And I’m just ready for it to stop.”

You would think that we would all be ready for it to stop, but those tabloid magazines sell, and sell in a big way. It seems that there are still plenty of folks out there that love to see celebrities without their make-up, or how they have touches of cellulite and a little belly when they put on a bathing suit. We are all guilty of judging, but how would we feel of the magnifying glass was turned on us? The sad reality is that these types of images start making young girl down the road to believing that she is far from perfect, but what exactly is perfect? It’s surely not the rail thin model look, or the Hollywood starlet perfection that should be considered normal.  Miss Lawrence has a healthy attitude about her weight and her appearance, which should translate to a healthy mind as she ages. If she can stick to her guns, she may not become another one of those women who succumb to bulimia or anorexia in an effort to put on a face that they believe the world wants to see.

“I eat like a caveman, I’ll be the only actress who doesn’t have anorexia rumors,” Lawrence said in Elle Magazine . “In Hollywood, I’m obese. I’m considered a fat actress; I’m Val Kilmer in that one picture on the beach.”

Until women rule the Hollywood roost, men will continue to portray females onscreen in a way that they believe is beautiful and sexy. The sad thing is that for every Jennifer Lawrence that would sooner consider her overall health than a career in movies, there are dozens more that would willingly take her place and starve themselves to appease the masses.

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Morgan is the founder and editor of REALITYPLEX. After suffering from a life-threatening accident, he realized that the way we perceive things around us is based on our beliefs, emotions and experiences. In an effort to draw the line between perception and reality, he launched REALITYPLEX in 2011. Get to know him better and connect with him on Facebook, Twitter and G+