The Hunger Games is a successful movie franchise based on the popular book trilogy written by Suzanne Collins.
The story is set hundreds of years from now in a dystopian future where teenagers from poor districts are forced to kill one another in a ruthless tournament called The Hunger Games.
These games are held in the country’s power center known as The Capitol, a debauched metropolis ruled by a tyrannical president. Its residents are a decadent elite who feel no empathy for the game’s teenage victims as they send them off to their deaths with the fatuous motto: “May the odds be ever in your favour.”
This frivolous crowd resembles the courtiers of Versailles with their ruffled, bling-heavy outfits, garishly powdered faces, and outrageous wigs.
They also remind me of the attendees at the Met Ball, also known as the Met Gala. This annual New York event is a fundraiser for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute.
Vogue Magazine instigated the gala in 1948 and it has since grown into an entertainment spectacle with celebrities jostling for attention in outfits that look exactly like those from The Capitol.
The similarities between the entertainment elite at the Met Gala and the urban elite of The Hunger Games highlight the world’s growing wealth disparity and serve as a warning of what might be to come.
Because it’s clear that trouble is in store for a society where people struggle to get affordable health care and a decent wage while a bunch of over-coiffed celebrities get to spend thousands of dollars on outfits to wear for a single night.
We are yet to dispatch disadvantaged teenagers into arenas to fight for their lives, but it may only be a matter of time.