A local group, Citizens Against Bad Books And Deliberate Oppresion, or CABBADO, has launched an aggressive protest and campaign to stop the selling of “The Hunger Games” series of books, as well as the showing of films based on the books, written by Suzanne Collins.
Hunger Games was first published in hardcover on September 14, 2008. After an initial print of 200,000, the had sold 800,000 copies by February 2010. Since it’s release, the series has been translated into 26 languages. The film adaption, directed by Gary Ross and co-written and co-produced by Collins herself, was released in 2012.
“We have signatures from over 10,000 people and are ready to take our case all the way to the Supreme Court.” said CABBADO founder, Engr. Oliver Andrew Naaman. “These kinds of literature have no place in our society.”
The group, which is gaining in membership since it’s inception five years ago, have been active in protesting and raising awareness for other issues, over the last couple of years. They have attacked “The Hunger Games” series message of “treating hunger as a game“.
“Clearly, the author, who comes from a Western and decadent culture, looks down on people who are hungry, and by extension, on all people who live on and below the poverty line,” claimed Mr. Naaman in front of several members of the press who showed up in his home in the exclusive village of Forbes Park.
Agila News asked Mr. O.A. Naaman how soon after reading the series did he decide to protest against it. The retired engineer angrily replied, “Are you joking? I have not read any of it! I would not be caught dead reading such filth!”
He continued, this time, calmly stating, “One need not read to see what the book is trying to say. From the title itself, anyone who is sane and has common sense can clearly assess that a propaganda is being pushed to further marginalize the less-fortunate people in our world.”
“Instead of writing about games for hungry people, maybe the author should be helping the hungry people. Maybe write a series called The Helping Games. I would definitely read that!” Mr. Naaman excitedly declared.
CABBADO has threatened mass protests if popular book chains such as National Book Store, Fully Booked and Powerbooks continue to sell the series in it’s establishments. When asked if they had notified the offices of Booksale about their protest, their press liaison laughed and said, “Who the hell still goes to Booksale?!?”
In the interest of transparency, Mr. Naaman wants to state for the record that his running for political office in the next election term has absolutely nothing to do with the protest.