Free Speech Gone Wild: The SONY/”The Interview” vs. North Korea (?) Hackers Controversy, by Joffre (“JD”) Meyer
That SONY movie, “The Interview,” a jolly comedy about assassinating the leader of the North Korean dictator got hacked by the offended dictatorship and threats were made to theaters as we all know by now. Excuse me, but that’s free speech gone wild on the part of whoever made that movie. Sure I think North Korea is really sorry, but the US would go ballistic if some movie company in another country made a comparable movie about the US President. Even the Republicans in Congress would get mad, except for maybe a few Tea Party freaks. Am I crazy or what?
Since when does freedom of speech include a comedy about killing the ruler of another country? They’re not supposed to get mad, right? Sure North Korea is a horrible dictatorship; a feeble country may have shrugged their collective shoulders. A stunned ally would have cut off trade relations.
“The views and opinions expressed do not reflect the views of our official government… It’s social commentary. Some folks need to learn how to take a joke.” by Joel Nolan
But North Korea is dangerous and crazy. Perhaps this comedy about killing bad rulers is related to a fundamentalism that sees grace as covering up for aggravated assault or worse, like my neighbor. More likely, it shows the US is violent. Such a movie theme could sicken British and Canadians, but I bet it would go over in Honduras.
Now, North Korea is saying that got framed by the federal government. The federal government part is silly, but we have more than one archenemy, usually Islamist terrorists, who would love to mess with the US–especially if they could blame it on another hated foe. How about a disgruntled former SONY employee causing the computer problems? That theory has been gaining popularity. Good to hear North Koreans wouldn’t attack innocent moviegoers…supposedly. Hacking is one thing and missiles another, but North Koreans aren’t known for blowing up stuff hither and thither. Here’s my first update/revision. For “Yes, North Korea hacked SONY,” go to this Slate article slate.me/1x7jxPn . For”No, North Korea didn’t hack SONY,” go to In.is/nym.ag/LDgRU at New York Magazine.
Proposed Alternative Movie Posted on Facebook
linkis.com/www.fireprojects.org/c7Vfo What if we had a movie about East Asia, in which Mongolian rap stars helped squash the sudden rise of a fringe group determined to resurrect the 13th century Mongol Empire led by Genghis Khan and Kublai Khan?…………. We could have a multicultural cast too. Imagine Denzel Washington, as the executive, and Ice Cube, as the star rapper, meeting with the Mongolian rappers. The Mongolian rappers aren’t all men; a lady rapper is very prominent, and you can read about her on this link too. How about getting Lisa Ling to play her part?