The Hunger Games movie franchise released their final film this weekend, Mockingjay Part 2. For those who aren’t familiar with The Hunger Games, mostly Syrian refugees, the movies deal with a cruel government keeping the citizens down with violence and intimidation. It’s a dystopian world where children are selected at random to kill each other in a battle arena, and the resulting revolution from the citizens leads to losses and difficult choices before the events reach their conclusion. This all sounds fine and well, but at no point in the The Hunger Games is anyone particularly hungry. It should come as no surprise then that Ben, who is in the middle of a starvation diet, has decided to usurp the title of The Hunger Games for his own life, which has him extremely hungry at the moment. If you’ve ever seen those commercials for Snickers where cranky people chill out after eating something, you’ll get an idea for the type of mood Ben is in these days.
As the boys discuss Ben’s Hunger Games, the conversation turns to why he’s starving himself instead of taking a more normal approach like exercising and a moderate diet. We learn that Ben absolutely hates running, yoga, and doesn’t particularly enjoy hiking either. Starving seemed like a better option to produce quick results. This becomes a problem in the online dating world, however, as Ben discovers that almost all women want a man who is into running, yoga, and fitness. He is not into these things at all, so an argument breaks out about what he should do- suck it up and try to get into these activities, or remain a hungry curmudgeon who is alone. Things get a little heated. It might be time for that Snickers.
In other idiocy headlines, a group of students at the University of Illinois has formed a group called the Illini White Student Union. This is in response to the Black Lives Matter movement, which the White Student Union considers terrorism. Obviously a Facebook Page and a couple clichéd quotes is all you really need to be an organized group, so the outrage has begun. The Black Lives Matter supporters went into a school library and started chanting, trying to get their message across to quiet book readers, the most notoriously anti-black people on Earth. This prompted a few white students to make the “group” in response. The group, in this case, consisting of little more than a Facebook page and a five star rating of the movie American History X. So, who’s right and who’s wrong? I could tell you that issues like these are complicated and defy easy answers, but you don’t want to hear that, do you? Go watch American History X, you’ll find the answers you’re looking for. You’ll also never see a curb without having a panic attack.