6 Reasons that “Odds in Our Favour” Video is Total BS
by the Capitol Cuties
So a few of you have already seen this ridiculous video and I think we can all agree that these whiners just need to hike up their muddy boots and stop complaining. Ugh. I nearly choked on my truffles. I for one am sick of people trying to make Capitol Citizens feel bad just because the people in the Districts have chosen to be poor. This video is total BS, and here’s why:
1. FIRST OF ALL, if they hate “inequality” so much, then why don’t they do something about it? If you want it badly enough and work hard enough, you’ll get everything you need. You know what won’t get you that? Whining. My father didn’t get all his money just by sitting around complaining, as a Gamemaker he has to work—sometimes up to 20 hours a week! Once he introduced me to Minister Flamsteed at the club and he told me about all his hard work. He started importing coal from District 12 when he was just SIXTEEN. If you want to get ahead, that’s what you have to do—build a good work ethic and start young. If the Minister and my father can do it, so can the people of the Districts.
2. “Healthcare”? Ugh. Since when is going to the Doctor a right? Just eat right and exercise and drink plenty of water and you’ll be fine. It’s not our fault that people in the Districts don’t know how to take care of themselves or deal with their emotions. Life’s tough, suck it up!
3. Foodstamps? Please. The Districts get plenty of charity already. I mean, hello—rations? We literally give you food. We even give kids the opportunity for extra rations because we know growing bodies need extra attention! If the people of the Districts choose to shun those offerings, that’s their problem. And then there’s the Hunger Games themselves, which give people a very fair shot at a better life. The winner of Games is set for life after just one measly week of work. One Hunger Games winner can transform a District!
4. And the idea that people think the Games themselves are unethical? You’re delusional. The Games are an honor—just ask the people of Districts 1 and 2. Maybe if these whiners would start taking the Games and all their opportunity seriously, they would understand the transformative power of the pride you feel when you’ve killed to defend the honor of your people. The fame and fortune of being a winner doesn’t just improve their economic station, it really builds their self-esteem.
5. Not to mention, we SAVED the Districts. Do you know where they’d be without us? Totally extinct, just like District 13. We saved them from the Rebels and we support them through thick and thin, and garbage like this video that is how they repay us? They should be ashamed of themselves.
6. We have given it to the Districts too good for too long and now they are getting complacent. The compassionate thing to do is to take a hard line approach to ensure that the people of the Districts all know the satisfaction of a full days work, then they will understand that complaining is just selfish. They should be thinking of the greater good and what they can do for Panem, not what Panem can do for them.
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In an entirely expected turn of events, the Capitol thinks CoverGirl’s Hunger Games-inspired line is the best thing since sliced bread and televised murder. The Capitol Cuties tumblr celebrates the products and continues the intrusion on platforms of in-District discussion.
Now that our pro-District video has caught fire, they’re starting to take notice.
By their logic, demanding basic human rights should earn the perpetrators the title of “whiners [who] just need to hike up their muddy boots and stop complaining.”
Further, they suggest that those facing poverty under the Capitol’s rule should just, like, try. Never mind that the Districts are designed to prevent change and keep their citizens dependent on meager rations - they think these limitations would literally disappear if only anybody “[wanted] it enough.” The nation’s 46.5 million [x] living in poverty? It’s clear to these “Cuties” that those impoverished people just need to prioritize.
Here’s the scariest part: these Capitol Cuties don’t just live in luxury - they live in a vacuum. Their tumblr is a prime example: our suffering is not a problem to solve, but an inspiration for the look of the day. One submission delights in the entertainment value of a fallen tribute’s undoing; another complains that some deaths aren’t exciting enough. So it goes.
How can we expect the odds to be in our favor when those in charge of our rights and resources see the world like this?It won’t be easy, but we’re not giving up. We’re fighting back. Make your voice heard - submit to We Are the Districts and join the resistance.
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The resistance is everywhere.
I went with a simple look today, just heavy black around the eyes, sort of like the coal miners from District 12! It’s ridiculous that the districts should want more for themselves, when the work they do for the Capitol serves as inspiration for and funds our fabulous makeup looks. You can get this wonderful, albeit somewhat simple look (the sacrifices I make for the District-inspired looks!) with CoverGirl’s Capitol Collection.
We have this wacky hunch that District 12 might appreciate this look more if they weren’t busy starving and working under dangerous conditions. The deaths from entirely avoidable mining accidents and every name submitted many times over for tesserae might teach you a thing about sacrifice, too.
But maybe our requests for basic human rights are unreasonable. Our apologies.
Wal-Mart’s Employee Food Drive Reveals What’s Wrong With America (via Business Insider on Yahoo! Finance)
“This situation says everything about what’s wrong with the U.S. economy right now.
Wal-Mart is one of the richest companies in the world.
Wal-Mart has a market value of $260 billion and made $17 billion in profit last year.
But Wal-Mart does not pay its employees enough to buy food for the holidays.
America’s corporations and investors have never had it better. The stock market is setting new highs, and corporate profits and profit margins are higher than they have ever been. Average Americans, meanwhile, have rarely had it worse. Wages as a percent of the economy are at an all-time low, and fewer people are working as a percent of the population than at any time in the past 30 years.”
“In a healthy economy at healthy companies, customers should get good products and prices, shareholders should get a good return, and employees should earn a good living.
But, right now in America, customers are getting good products and prices, shareholders are getting absolutely fantastic returns, and employees are getting screwed.
That’s not just greedy and unfair, it’s also hurting the economy.
Let’s go to the charts …
1) Corporate profit margins are at an all-time high. Companies are making more per dollar of sales than they ever have before. (And some people are still saying that companies are suffering from “too much regulation” and “too many taxes.” Maybe little companies are, but big ones certainly aren’t. What they’re suffering from is a myopic obsession with short-term profits at the expense of long-term value creation).”
"2 ) Wages as a percent of the economy are at an all-time low. Why are corporate profits so high? One reason is that companies are paying employees less than they ever have as a share of GDP. And that, in turn, is one reason the economy is so weak: Those “wages” represent spending power for consumers. And consumer spending is “revenue” for other companies. So the profit obsession is actually starving the rest of the economy of revenue growth.”
“3) Fewer Americans are working than at any time in the past three decades. The other reason corporations are so profitable is that they don’t employ as many Americans as they used to. As a result, the employment-to-population ratio has collapsed. We’re back at 1980s levels now.”
As Variety’s Peter Debruge wrote in his recent review, Catching Fire “[leaves] fans riled and ready to storm the castle.” So why not use that energy not just to spend money on seeing the movie five more times, but to raise awareness on income disparity, the nuances of poverty, and the ways in which people in power (from the government to the people running the corporations that run our lives) are using or abusing their power? That is art at its most powerful.
from Alanna Bennett’s Can ‘Catching Fire’ Make A Real-World Difference? piece for Bustle
We can do this. We hope that you’ll join us.
American luxury, after all, depends on someone else’s poverty.
John Green’s 2008 review of “The Hunger Games” for the New York Times.
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[The Hunger Games’] message about poverty and inequality is powerful. But will viewers see parallels between the futuristic Panem and its predecessor, today’s America? Will its most devoted fans? The video created for the Odds In Our Favor campaign does a brilliant job connecting future and present, fiction and reality. Imagine if this film inspired thousands of people to engage in one of the many ongoing efforts to end poverty and reduce inequality?
There is work to be done if the odds are ever to truly be in our favor, whether it’s leading the way on raising awareness about hunger among children, examining the current minimum wage, or asking critical questions about food stamps.
The movie is a teachable moment on a scale that is hard to imagine. What happens to children in the story is so stark and appalling it is tempting to relegate it to the world of fantasy, where it belongs. But children are suffering today. We can do something about it. And that is no fantasy.
AlterNet’s article on the Harry Potter Alliance’s Odds In Our Favor campaign.
HPA Executive Director Andrew Slack has written an op-ed about the Odds In Our Favor campaign. That op-ed has been published in the Los Angeles Times. Between this and our support from Upworthy, it’s a big day for the HPA!
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We now interrupt your regular, scheduled broadcast to bring you this important notice from District 13.
Have you seen our video yet? Catching Fire premiered last week, but this is far from over. Join the resistance here.
Going crazy waiting for the Doctor Who 50th anniversary episode to air? So are we!
The good news? You can kill those last few minutes by checking out our Odds In Our Favor campaign and joining the resistance.
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