Dear Dr. Politics: Don’t you think it was sickening that Sony Pictures withdrew its movie about the assassination of the North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un? Even President Obama said Sony was wrong for caving in to North Korea’s threats.
Reply: Yeah, but I didn’t see President Obama offering to show the picture in the White House screening room.
Instead, Obama said: “We cannot have a society in which some dictator someplace can start imposing censorship here in the United States.”
But I wonder what that reaction would have been if the North Koreans had made a movie about the assassination of Barack Obama and Sony had agreed to distribute it to U.S. theaters.
Would we have hailed Sony for its courage? Or would we have gone bonkers and yelled and screamed about how irresponsible that was and picketed any movie theater that dared show it.
Kim Jong Un is a whack job, but that does not necessarily mean we should hail movies about him getting whacked.
American critics have seen the movie, which is titled “The Interview.”
USA Today said: “Far more lame and boring than incendiary, ‘The Interview’ is not very clever, funny or well-made.”
The Wall Street Journal called it “remarkably dismal” and said watching it “is torture from almost start to finish.”
The reviewer then asks the essential question: “So how did such a turkey ever escape the studio lot? A significant part of the answer lies in the dumbing-down of the audience that began decades ago, when studios discovered that kids would turn out to see almost any piece of junk on any weekend provided the marketing departments did their jobs.”
Yes, it is disturbing that Sony pulled the movie. More disturbing is that Sony ever produced this dreck [trash] in the first place.
But my favorite reaction came from one human rights group that claims it intends to airdrop DVDs of “The Interview” into North Korea by hydrogen balloon so that the Korean masses can see the movie.
But the group better also airdrop DVD players.