It was only a matter of time before someone made the connection between the title of the blockbuster science fiction book and film series and the Jewish Day of Atonement.
This year, in preparation for the Yom Kippur fast, hundreds of thousands watched a parody movie trailer titled, “The Jewish Hunger Games.” What better way to psyche yourself up for not eating or drinking for a whole day than to watch Katniss Everstein and Peeta Hummus getting ready to do whatever it takes to make it through to Ne’ila?
The spoof’s director Andrew Zenn, along with its writers Jon Rudnitsky and Jack Michelman, stayed true to the original film trailer, only putting a Jewish twist on everything. Even supporting characters went through a conversion, with drunken mentor Haymitch Abernathy becoming Chayimitch Abernathy and Katniss’ younger sister Primrose now named PurimRose. Gale Hawthorne is now Goyim Gale and can’t understand Katniss’ fasting agony.
Jewish icons like the Kotel and shofar enjoy cameos, but at the same time, the video contains some inaccuracies. For instance, the fast is said to be 24 hours instead of 25, and the Effie Trinket character crudely talks about having sexual relations on Yom Kippur, which are actually prohibited by Jewish law. The parody also has what could be taken as an anti-Semitic ending.
But other than that, it’s a fun couple of minutes for Hunger Games fans. At the very least, we now have a new High Holy Day greeting: “May the lox be forever in your flavor!”
For a behind the scenes look at the viral video, check out the team’s the making of clip.