A new movie, The Interview will be coming soon. The new movie is about two men who have a popular TV show that Kim Jong-un likes. The two men get an interview with this leader of North Korea and are asked by the Government to Assassinate Kim. The crazy aspect, however, is the conflict this film is kicking up between countries. This movie is making the front pages in international news.
North Korea does not approve of this film and promises that there will be “merciless” retaliation if this film is released. North Korea states that to release this film would be an act of war and should be treated as such. The North Korea spokesman was quoted by the state KCNA news agency as saying: “Making and releasing a movie on a plot to hurt our top-level leadership is the most blatant act of terrorism and war and will absolutely not be tolerated…” going on to say, “reckless US provocative insanity had hired a gangster filmmaker” to make a movie about challenging North Koreas leadership was sparking, “a gust of hatred and rage” in Korean people and soldiers. I think this is somewhat ridiculous considering that the people in North Korea don’t get any outside information unless it goes through the government first. It this statement were true Kim Jong-un must have wanted this to be released to his people. Not to mention, if this were given to Koreans by the bias news of Kim Jong-un and his associates, the reviews and delivery would also come into effect on how it was introduced into peoples minds. If the government just said, “Here, look at this comedy written about our crazy messed up government system!” like our media does, there would still be some hype about it, but not as much.
I think what North Korea does not understand that the government does not control what movies are made and released to the public. In modern America, anything passes for media. We have TV shows such a House of Cards or Person of Interest that accentuate mistrust of the government. Our current government does not ban these things yet they contradict what the government wants people to think, and this is because of our free speech. This might also be the reason that gun sales skyrocketed when President Obama was elected.
Seth Rogen responded to the entire deal on twitter by saying, “People don’t usually wanna kill me for one of my movies until after they’ve paid 12 bucks for it.”