IF A FILM about assassinating President Barack Obama came out in a foriegn country, I wonder how the American government would react – even if it was a fictional story developed by the country’s most ridiculous comedic actors, whose previous films involved stories based around marijuana hijinks, and unexpected pregnancies. Would we declare war? Would we rally other countries to boycott it? Would we even take it seriously?
James Franco and Seth Rogan’s latest film trailer has sparked enough controversy for a North Korean foreign ministry spokesman to declare some pretty heavy (but open-ended) threats against the United States. The Interview is about a TV talkshow host and producer who are recruited by the CIA to assassinate Kim Jong-un in North Korea. According to the spokesman,
“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…If the US administration allows and defends the showing of the film, a merciless counter-measure will be taken.”
OH DAMN! I think it’d be easy for North Korea would strike Hollywood, but I also don’t think there is really much to worry about. If they didn’t send over a nuke for Team America, they probably won’t want to waste their resources on The Interview either.