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Jennifer Lawrence Compares Keeping Up With the Kardashians To The Hunger Games

“How is Keeping Up With the Kardashians is like The Hunger Games” sounds a bit like “why is a raven like a writing desk” to me but then again, I’m not Jennifer Lawrence. Hit the jump to found out the actesses’ thought process for this one.

The X-Men: First Class actress, and our very own Katniss Everdeen, recently gave an interview in Parade Magazine to promote the film adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ novel. Somehow the topic turned to the Kardashian family.

“I was watching the Kardashian girl [Kim] getting divorced, and that’s a tragedy for anyone. But they’re using it for entertainment, and we’re watching it,” said Lawrence.

The actress isn’t the first Hollywood star to have an opinion on the hugely popular television show or the family members themselves, but she may be the first to make a really valid point without being personally offensive.

She continued. ”[The show] hold[s] up a terrible kind of mirror: This is what our society could be like if we became desensitized to trauma and to each other’s pain.”

Some might argue we’re already there or well past that line but as far as watching children fight to the death for our entertainment, we’re not quite there yet. Though as I said, the actress certainly makes a fair point about how blurred the lines could become one day.

(via Gossip Cop)

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  • Jinxy Blastwave

    She’s a brave young woman, that’s for sure.  Kris Jenner is gonna stab her in the throat if she keeps this up.

  • James Strocel

    To be fair, these shows wouldn’t work if we were *actually* desensitized to other people’s pain. There are people out there who put Kardashian’s yearly salary out of their heads and identify with all the pathos.

  • ainok

    I still really have no idea who the Kardashians are or why I should care. Fortunately, this lack of knowledge doesn’t seem to be impacting my life very much.

  • dawn m. armfield

    We’re only there if we actually buy in to watching that kind of programming. We are able to say no, change the channel, or move away from it. Like a previous respondent, I had no idea who the Kardashians were until I was in a house where they watched it constantly. Mind-numbing.

  • Anonymous

    Wasn’t one of them a porn start or something? That is pretty much the only “fame” they have I believe.

  • Anna B

    What’s creepy to me is that I once read a story from Isaac Asimov’s “Devils” and one of the stories is how, in hell, there are porn reality shows on television 24/7, and this was a book published in 1987. The short story may have even been published earlier since the book was a story collection and Asimov just edited it.  I don’t know if there’s currently a reality porn show, but reality TV in the mainstream–well, the Real World, at least, didn’t debut on MTV until 1992. 

  • Monica Norton

    This is actually one of the things I thought about when reading The Hunger Games.  Not the Kardashians per se, but how all these people are currently making their trials and tribulations public on a voluntary (and well, monetary) level, which we seem to find so natural.  How many steps to watching people kill each other are we really?  We enjoy watching people eat disgusting things on Fear Factor, there’s the pretty brutal Ninja Warrior-type game shows, there’s countless shows that are based on people humiliating each other and/or themselves.  Food for thought.

  • Frodo Baggins

    Keeping up with the Kardashians is an enforced free-for-all death match? I’ve grossly misjudged that show.

  • Frodo Baggins

    I’m more reminded of pro sports. Reality shows tend to result in fewer injuries.

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  • TKS

    I read somewhere that Collins was inspired by flipping through channels.  American Gladiators and news coverage of whatever conflict America was involved in back then were right next to each other, and she thought that the way they were presented was eerily similar.

  • Robin Burks

    Seriously! I think I might have to watch it now. I’m kind of hoping no one is left standing at the end, though.

  • Anonymous

    The girl in the middle..Kim but, she really wasn’t a porn star porn star. Her sex tape with Ray J (Brandi’s younger brother) ‘leaked’ and then she and her clan became an overnight success.

  • Frodo Baggins

    Huh. I don’t think I’ve ever seen new coverage of a war that emphasized a cult of personality around individual soldiers, but I suppose I understand what she’s getting at.