Thai Exhibitor Pulls ‘Mockingjay’
More power to the democracy activists - I really hope for the best for them. That said I do have a bone to pick with the film’s creators, or the book’s author, — whoever is responsible for picking that salute. It’s too creepily similar to der Hitlergroet, the Bellamy salute, and the modified two finger version that modern Neo Nazis in Germany use because the full salute is outlawed.
The Hunger Games have returned to Thailand, but probably not in the way some people would have hoped.
Five university students were arrested in the country on Wednesday for flashing the franchise’s signature three-fingered salute at the country’s Prime Minister during an official government event ahead of the opening of the film in the country on Thursday.
Hours later, local cinema chain Apex Group, which was scheduled to start screening The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 in its theaters on Thursday, announced that it had pulled the film’s release. The company told the Bangkok Post that it wasn’t pressured by the government, but “did not want to become embroiled in a political movement.”