Comedy about North Korea isn’t funny if the Government was behind it.
I wonder if there’s an office in the Federal government that coordinates the best ways to make sure the United States is isolated and hated by the world?
From the Daily Beast: “Exclusive: Sony Emails Say State Department Blessed Kim Jong-Un Assassination in ‘The Interview’”
The Daily Beast has unearthed several emails that reveal at least two U.S. government officials screened a rough cut of the Kim Jong-Un assassination comedy The Interview in late June and gave the film—including a final scene that sees the dictator’s head explode—their blessing.
The claim that the State Department played an active role in the decision to include the film’s gruesome death scene is likely to cause fury in Pyongyang. Emails between the Sony Entertainment CEO and a security consultant even appear to suggest the U.S. government may support the notion that The Interview would be useful propaganda against the North Korean regime.
Back on June 20, the first threat lobbed by North Korean officials against the holiday blockbuster seemed as empty as a North Korean villager’s lunch box.
The Seth Rogen/James Franco-starrer, which centers on a TV host and his producer being tasked by the CIA with assassinating North Korean despot Kim Jong-Un, was branded “an act of war.” Studio executives at distributor Sony Pictures and the general public mostly laughed it off as yet another example of muscle-flexing by the rotund ruler.
But now, the controversy surrounding the political satire has gotten serious.
We spy on the leadership of our allies, back snipers that murder both sides to spark conflict in Ukraine, upset the world economy with “quantitative easing” and toxic bonds, break our agreements to support allies if someone attacks them, and now we learn folks in the State Department coordinate propaganda with Hollywood on movies about assassinating national leaders.
I’m going to assume most of this is entirely unintentional, but I don’t think we could do a better job of ticking everyone off if we tried.