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Morning Joe: “Mitt Romney Totally Didn’t See The Hunger Games

Presidential candidate Mitt Romney said that over the weekend, he took his grandchildren to see The Hunger Games (so, that’s how it made all that money!), and he gave it a positive review! And he said he read the books! But he also said that it was a really violent story, and that the PG-13 rating was an appropriate one … Except that Romney’s grandchildren don’t really look like they’re over the age of 13. And this is what is leading MNSBC‘s Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough to call shenanigans on Romney’s so-called contribution to the movie’s monster box office. Is Mitt Romney just trying to — gasp! — pander to what has proven to be a very big audience? What? Really? A presidential candidate? Pandering? My stars and garters!

First off, Romney assured CNN‘s Wolf Blitzer that his grandchildren are “right around” the appropriate age to see a movie about teenagers murdering each other for a reality show. So, fine. He’s there, his son Matt Romney (the kids’ father) was there, they were accompanied by adults. So that’s settled.

However, Joe Scarborough still doesn’t believe that Mitt Romney has seen or read The Hunger Games. He thinks he is merely pretending to like a thing that a lot of other people like. You know, to win the middle-school vote. Because I don’t know about you guys, but if there was a presidential candidate who said he liked the same book I liked, I would totally vote for him, even if he wants to do things that I think might be harmful to the country.

Says Scarborough on the blatant act of pandermonium:

“He did not read the books,” Scarborough insisted. “We know he is not telling the truth. I don’t know if he went to see the movie. Because he always, you know. ‘Do you go hunting?’ ‘Yes, I shoot varmints.’ ‘I like talkies.’ They are not called talkies anymore, Mitt! Come on.”

While Scarborough is poo-pooing Romney’s apparent love for The Hunger Games, I’m actually not so quick to write off his love of Twilight. It was, after all, about what I like to call “vampures” and was written by a Mormon. So I actually think that Mitt Romney totally picked up Twilight and read at least some of it.

Here is the clip:

(via Mediaite)


  • Bruce

    I’m laughing at the hypocrisy of publishing an article shaming people for complaining about “‘fake’ geek girls” immediately followed by this article callling out someone as a fake nerd politician. What happened to “But I have never, actually, in the flesh, met a ‘fake’ geek girl. Or guy”? Do you see the irony in saying ” when my fear… the moment I made some kind of mistake or omission I’d be branded as ‘fake’ by the person I was interacting with” and then going on to brand someone “fake”?

    If it is wrong to label a woman a “fake” for a single error, why is it acceptable to label a man a “fake” for an error? Is your prejudice against politicians or against men?

  • Adam Whitley

    It’s Mit Romney his name is actually a synonym for fake where have you been?

  • Jamie Frevele

    I apologize for the inconsistency. I wasn’t speaking clearly. This has been changed.

  • JoAnna Luffman

    Mittens may be a waffling POS, but Bruce is right – if calling one person fake is bad, then it’s all bad. Double standards are wrong. 

  • Arakiba

    If Mitt had seen The Hunger Games, he would have been rooting for the Capitol.

  • Nikki Lincoln

    It’s not Jamie calling Mitt fake, it’s her commenting on a reporter doing so. It actually falls right in line. 

  • Anonymous

    I do love that somehow in the year 2012 that being a nerd or a geek is somehow wrong or something to laugh at. One can only dream to be as cool as Joe Scarborough or Mika Brzezinski. LOL

  • Anonymous

     I’d wager it’s due to the fact that politicians kind of have a history of pandering.  Not saying it’s necessarily true, for all we know he did like The Hunger Games, but there’s a difference between accusing someone who you know absolutely nothing about of pandering, and attacking someone with a proven history of it in an occupation with a proven history of it.

  • Rusty Patti

    Romney saw it at Cinepolis. Cinepolis, with its lounge seating and on call wait staff who serve drinks at your seat, kind of like watching from the Capital.

  • Bruce

     Actresses have a reputation for pandering as well. Yet the articles lamenting that geek girls are being called “fake” specifically mention that it’s wrong to call actresses fake geeks.

  • Bri Lance

    Bruce, you’re missing the point.  The article is sarcastically mocking Joe Scarborough for making a big deal out of doubting Mitt Romney’s claim, and expressing doubt about his (Scarborough’s) conclusions.
    Though I’m not completely sure what the point of this article is, it’s not definitely calling Mitt Romey a fake nerd.

  • Ganieda

    Yeah, I read this article as making fun of the good folks of the 24-hour news cycle for getting all “j’accuse!” over whether or not a politician had taken his grandkids to a particular movie, because surely that must be part of some grand vote-winning scheme, not as accusing Romney of being a fake Hunger Games fan. The fact that Romney does have a history of poorly-executed pandering makes it funnier, but isn’t the point.

  • Lisa Gragg

    If Mitt Romney really read THE HUNGER GAMES, would he have taken young children to see it?