In the leadup to The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2, Jennifer Lawrence’s face has been everywhere. The actress behind Katniss Everdeen and her iconic bow-and-arrow are featured prominently on the movie’s posters — except in a few Israeli neighborhoods, that is.
The Israeli website Ynet reports that Mockingjay posters in Jerusalem and Bnei Barak (two cities with heavy ultra-Orthodox populations) have been censored to just an image of a fiery mockingjay. Some Orthodox Jews take great offense at images of women, and there have been several problems with vandalization of movie posters in recent years.
The public display of such images is officially censored by the Bnei Barak municipality. In Jerusalem, it’s up to individual companies, but the threat of vandalization has inspired caution. “Unfortunately we are subject to unofficial coercion that forces us to be more careful,” said Liron Suissam VP of marketing at Nu Star Media, which is handling the Mockingjay posters. “We have had endless vandalization, and clients prefer not to take the chance. We allow everything, but we recommend hanging another visual when necessary. The decision is the client’s.”