The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 hit cinemas this week so you can expect to see this badass poster featuring star Jennifer Lawrence stuck in cities around the world for the foreseeable future.
Unless, that is, you live in Israel.
According to reports, the movie’s main character Katniss Everdeen has been removed from all promotional material in the Middle East nation so as to avoid offending religious audiences.
Seems the Hunger Games isn't running posters w/J Law׳s face/body in Jerusalem BC fear vandalism by ultra-Ortho men. pic.twitter.com/sNC5m19GqD
— Rav Danya Ruttenberg (@TheRaDR) November 18, 2015
Apparently those in Jerusalem, Bnei Brak and other cities fear the posters might be vandalised, simply because they feature a woman.
Orthodox Jewish groups oppose images of women being seen in public and, according to both the Telegraph and the Guardian, the issue is taken so seriously that the likes of female politicians, female holocaust victims and even female accessories like handbags and shoes have been removed from images in the cities.
As Israeli paper Haaretz puts it: “Any image of a woman is potentially sexually provocative”.
Speaking to Ynet, a representative of the film’s Israeli PR firm, said:
We discovered that public posters with the image of a female are often torn down in Jerusalem, while Bnei Brak does not allow posters with female images.Advertisement
If mere images of women offends religious groups in Israel, how are they going to react when they actually check out J-Law’s exploits on the big screen?