'Hunger Games' Studio Does the Right Thing in Response to Paris Attacks

 

Lionsgate has confirmed that red carpet interviews for the Los Angeles premiere of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay -- Part 2 have been canceled. The production company made the call out of respect for the devastating terror attacks that happened last Friday in Paris, and I think they made the right choice.

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The premiere is set for Monday night in L.A. but has been scaled back considerably in light of everything that happened over the weekend. The studio put out a statement on Sunday saying that all press interviews from the event have been canceled:

Out of respect for the very recent events in Paris, we have decided to modify our red carpet and we will not conduct interviews at Monday’s Mockingjay 2 premiere ... We will proceed with the rest of the event as planned in honor of the incredible fans who have always supported our films with such passion.

It makes total sense. As much as we love Jennifer Lawrence on the red carpet, it hardly seems the time or place to be discussing her love for french fries, or whether or not she washes her hands after using the ladies' room.

The Mockingjay premiere is hardly the first event that's been canceled or scaled back after the attacks that killed more than 120 people in Paris. U2, Coldplay, and Foo Fighters all called off their shows over the weekend. Bono said that he can't wait to get back to Paris to play, adding, "These people will not set our agenda."

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He's right on, but it still makes sense to stop for a moment and take a deep breath, and show some respect to the countless families and loved ones affected by this terrible tragedy.

There will be lots of time in the future for irreverent red carpet interviews. For today, though, Lionsgate is doing the right thing by canceling press for the premiere.

 

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