North Korea has issued a stern condemnation of a comedy film. “The Interview” is due out this fall starring Seth Rogen and James Franco. The spoof is about a fictional plot to assassinate Kim Jong-Un, the communist country’s military dictator.
The hereditary ruler of the impoverished nation may not even understand that in America, the government doesn’t have any role in producing our comedies, other than sometimes serving as the butt of the joke.
The Daily Mail quotes a North Korean:
Kim Myong-chol, who is the unofficial spokesman for the regime in Pyongyang and executive director of The Centre for North Korea-US Peace, dismissed the movie itself, he told the Telegraph its assassination plot represents America’s desperate foreign policy as a whole.
Myong-chol told the paper: ‘There is a special irony in this storyline as it shows the desperation of the US government and American society.
‘A film about the assassination of a foreign leader mirrors what the US has done in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Ukraine. And let us not forget who killed [President John F.] Kennedy – Americans.’
Such silliness should not go unchallenged. The US did not assassinate the leaders of Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, or Ukraine. We’re still working out the point of the JFK reference.
It’s always dangerous guessing from a trailer, but this doesn’t look like anyone could use it as a blueprint for assassination.
Rogen and Franco probably could not have asked for better publicity than to have the North Koreans denounce it.