Something to Consider About North Korea’s Reaction to ‘The Interview’


If you didn’t think a movie about attempting to kill a still in power world leader wouldn’t cause trouble, you’re sadly mistaken. 

Sony Pictures

Sony Pictures

James Franco and Seth Rogan have produced some seriously funny movies and viral videos in the past. Their latest effort, “The Interview” might have been one of them. Most of us will probably never know. There are two reasons for that:

  1. Sony has totally cancelled the film
  2. You have no interest in what looks to be “Pineapple Express” with North Korea as the villain instead of drug dealers.

It was a pretty smart move by Sony to pull the movie. Terrorist attacks threatsare never a god thing to hear, especially from a bunch of lunatics like the folks in North Korea. So rather than chance it, Sony took the precaution of pulling it from theaters and pretty much everywhere else too.

You can cry about creative freedom, and being able to express yourself but at the end of the day we got so ballsy that we made a movie about killing a world leader (who has made threats to the USA and other countries in the past) and thought that we could just go ahead and laugh it off.

Kim Jong-un is not someone the screw with. The guy is so incredibly stupid that he likely thought his father, the late Kim Jong-il, was actually a god of some sorts. Imagine his surprised face when he found out his father wasn’t actually immortal, right?

Do you think for a minute that if another country created a movie where a couple of guys try to assassinate the President of the United States that we wouldn’t be a a little upset about it? Not on the same level as the North Koreans, obviously,but I have a feeling the President wouldn’t be welcoming that movie with open arms either.

However, I think that Kim Jong-un might have his panties in a bunch a little too late. I don’t remember his father getting all threatany  when “Team America: World Police” was released and Kim Jon-il was the main bad guy. So it’s not like this is the first time. In fact, Saddam Hussein was also a victim of this in “South Park: Bigger Longer and Uncut” as well.

Did Kim Jong-un and the North Koreans overreact? Yeah, just a bit. BUT, I suppose you can’t just go around making movies about offing real world leaders. A lesson in humility for movie studios around the world, I imagine.

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About BJ Ragone

Just a man with a computer, smartphone and a ridiculous amount of pop culture knowledge.

Posted on December 18, 2014, in Commentary and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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