North Korean Dictator Kim Jong Un Kicks Sony’s Gutless Ass
You fucking cowards. You’re pathetic.
I’m talking to you — Sony, Regal Cinemas, Cinemark, Cineplex, Carmike Cinemas, and AMC Theaters.
Each of your companies should be ashamed for yanking the new movie, “The Interview,” which was going to be released next week.
Why was the movie’s opening night cancelled after so much advertising and media fanfare surrounding its premier? Because you’re afraid some computer hackers over in North Korea might continue making you look like fools. They’ve already drilled into your personal files and basically sent you scurrying all over Burbank like rats, hastily issuing apologies and releasing canned statements to the press which desperately try to undo the damage you’ve done. Now, a bunch of commie slaves chained somewhere inside a Pyongyang dungeon have trampled over your firewalls and are rampaging through your IT system like a band of coked-up Genghis Khans hunting for Scarface’s mansion.
So, you decided to totally give in to them. You let them dictate company policy and business decisions. You waved the little white flag and begged them to stop. You made the decision to surrender. I mean, what the fuck! Do you have any idea how foolish this makes you look? What kind of message do your actions send that such a terrible regime can derail a movie release? Government sanctioned tyranny and veiled threats work, I suppose. That’s the message you’re sending. Loud and clear. Sony and its compatriots have validated the theory that instilling fear is effective. It works. Expect the despots now to ramp up production big time, seeing that they can bring one of the world’s most powerful multinational entertainment conglomerates to its knees.
It doesn’t matter that such a mindless, otherwise soon-to-be-forgotten bomb of a movie was intended as a complete spoof. No sane person takes the notion of assassinating a foreign leader seriously. I mean, did you see who’s starring in the film? James Franco and Seth Rogen! Those two aren’t exactly Dustin Hoffman and Robert Redford doing a remake of “All the President’s Men.”
What matters is that some of the richest and most powerful corporations in the entertainment industry caved into the threats of a brutally repressive regime. Dictator Kim Jong Un, who is mocked throughout the story, reportedly called the film “an act of war.” So, maybe it is. That’s only the upteenth time this year that the crew-cutted cuckcoo clock dressed in a jumpsuit has issued a threat against the United States. Hey Sony, grow a set of balls, will ya?
Indeed, my outrage is directed at the high-paid Hollywood corporate executives who sit in boardrooms who were solely responsible for this travesty. This is the same group of people who never would have accepted any kind of censorship imposed by their own government, but now which willingly secede the moral high ground when challenged by the forces of evil.
As to the virtues of avoiding conflict, Hollywood can’t possibly subject the rest of the world now to all of its self-congratulatory bullshit during all of the upcoming awards ceremonies which take place between now and Oscar night, where your industry jerks each other off to ludicrous notion that you stand up for things that are really important, like defending the rights to free expression against censorship, not to mention tyranny. You don’t stand for shit, except your profits and the selfish demands of your shareholders. That’s it. You don’t give a rat’s ass about anything, unless it impacts your bottom line. This gutless decision by Sony and the movie distributors proves that.
Fortunately, these spineless deserters weren’t around a few generations ago, back in 1939, when Charlie Chaplin made a film with a similar theme called “The Great Dictator.” No doubt, that comedy classic pissed off a certain leader way back then, too. But no one in Hollywood backed down. No one worried about the feelings of those who were murdering innocents by the millions. In fact, the entertainment industry locked arms with the war effort and inspired millions to enlist, join the fight, and ultimately triumph over evil.
This is a sad day for Hollywood. It’s an even sadder day for all the committed artists who must continue to work for a living — writing, directing, producing, acting, or whatever — while trying to muster up some measure of respect for those who don’t deserve any respect.
Shame on you, Sony and the rest. Shame on all of you.
READ MORE: (The Wall Street Journal) Sony Pulls Korea Film ‘The Interview;’ U.S. Blames Pyongyang for Hack