The New Hunger Games Movie Ripped Off Hip-Hop
I guess the new Hunger Games movie Catching Fire is taking over the world or whatever, because that seems to be the only thing that anyone is talking about. I’m not exactly sure what all the fuss is about, maybe it has to do with the fact that it’s about a bunch of kids who have to kill each other for food.
Critics are raving that it trumps the first film, and that the fashion and costuming are original and groundbreaking. I was excited by that notion and began browsing trailers and photos to see for myself. The bottom line is that nothing, and I mean nothing, is original about the fashion in this movie. In fact, the whole shit is completely derivative. Every Hunger Games poster I looked at reminded me of something I’d seen coming out of the R&B/Hip Hop world of fashion. Like actual complete ripoffs of exact enembles I’ve seen before.
Let’s look at some of my discoveries:
1. Peeta Mellark and Kanye West
Peeta clearly took inspiration from this Kanye combination of a cream colored suits and high top sneakers/moon boots. If Kim was in the Hunger Games, that would be so dope. Because she would be killed almost immediately.
2. Effie Trinket and Nicki Minaj
Effie and Nicki both utilize home perms, pink hair, strong lipstick, red seductive gowns to inspire fear in their enemies. Okay, so one of them is blue, whatever.
3. Caesar Flickerman and Usher
Putting gold/metallic highlights on a black suit gives you total control of a room. It also makes you look like you’re from the year 2090 and are the commanding officer on the Starship Enterprise. But Tucci and Ush both look like bosses.
4. Katness Everdeen and Michael Jackson
With looks of hopeful determination/intense contemplation, Catness and MJ both look like they’re ready to be cast in bronze and awarded as a trophy. It also kinda looks like MJ wants to fuck Jennifer Lawrence in the way these photos are put together.
5. Beetee and Andre 3000
Sometimes, looking like you’re about to go riding in the English countryside is the only way to go.
At the end of the day, nothing is original. I get it. But the “borrowing” here was a little too blatant to overlook.
February 27, 2014