Welcome to the newest edition of The Why. “Why does North Korea care about The Interview?” you ask? Good question. Timely too. (Besides, it beats answering the question: “Why do some people eat their own toenails?)
In case you’ve been too busy Christmas shopping to follow the news (let alone read this column lately), major US movie chains turned into p*ssies and announced they will not show The Interview. Thus Sony Entertainment has jumped on the “chicksh*t chuckwagon” too as they announced they would not release the movie scheduled for December 25, 2014.
Mind you, since North Korea may very well have sponsored the hacking of Sony’s computer files, everyone is pointing the finger solely at them. While they deserve to finger for surrendering to censorship maybe they don’t want to lose money releasing a movie that the chains won’t show and they might be afraid of a terrorist attack on the premiere as well as any lawsuits that would follow.
(No one forces anyone to go see a specific movie. Why would they have a case against Sony? On the other hand, we are a litigious society these days. if you can’t get your way then sue. Maybe Sony is covering their corporate @ss.)
The question remains why does North Korea care about this James Franco and Seth Rogen movie The Interview? The BBC’s Simon Fowler had a few thoughts on why “the Hermit Kingdom” would take issue with a comedy about a tabloid TV host and his producer who’re enlisted by the CIA to eliminate Kim Jong-un (Korean-American actor, Randall Park).
“They” care because a couple of their leaders care. Fowler reports that “North Korea’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs wrote a letter to the White House denouncing the film as terrorism and an ‘act of war’.” Fowler added that the spokesman for the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea announced to the entire UN that “if the US Government condones the screening of the film, they will have their consequences.”
The DPRK spokesman believes (and rightfully so) that the movie mocks their leader. He sees it as a “hostile crime against our People’s Republic.” (Yeah, North Korea must’ve missed The Green Hornet. The families of George W. Trendle and Fran Striker never even sued let alone hack computers, reveal secrets and make vague, terroristic threats.)
Fowler may have hit the nail on the head when he said: “Perhaps the reaction to The Interview really is an expression of fear from the North Korean authorities, who believe that as more and more outside influences trickle into North Korea in the form of DVDs, radio transmissions and even mobile phone signals, the picture of their perfect state will gradually begin to be eroded. And since The Interview tries to paint Kim Jong-un and his dynasty as fallible, that is something worth fighting in the strongest possible terms.”
Why does North Korea care about The Interview? Now you know.
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