"The Interview" a movie by Seth Rogan and James Franco that NO ONE cared about at all before this started, should not be the focus of people's displeasure. The anger should be on the fact that North Korea has officially attacked America and its citizens with terrorist actions along with making terrorist threats to U.S. citizens on domestic soil.
While I do see the perspective that the leader of North Korea and it's people are coming from I must make very clear and stress I do not condone or agree with it in way. The American people have to think overall perspective here and how pissed we would be if another nation who is a rival super power do what we did. That was spend an extremely large sum of money on making a huge movie based on the killing of an acting president as a joke for the masses to see? Are we actually so self centered that this fact will just be ignored or discredited because there is the blanket of "freedom of speech" being tossed over this controversy. I have no problem with our freedoms of speech, what I do have a problem with is Hollywood who thinks that this freedom is an excuse to just be down right ignorant. Hollywood and the public should think about those same freedoms and how they do come with responsibilities, let alone some levels of common sense.
Now the notion of The Interview was from the very beginning was just a shock idea! (A really stupid shock joke if you ask me) The only reason it even got money to be made was from the very notion of being able to pull off the punchline and that punchline was solely the killing of Kim. An actual living person who is the leader of millions of people who would do anything he commands. It seemed to me from the very start this was going to turn into a case of getting what you asked for. Just like I teach my children....there is ALWAYS a reaction to your actions so be careful what you always say and do. That's where "The Interview" went way wrong and was headed for a world of hurt from the very start. Everyone involved from jokester Seth Rogan, James Franco or Sony never was thinking of one thing, and that was any serious reactions from their very own greedy actions. Again I want to clearly say, I DO NOT condone what North Korea has done here but I am looking at the giant picture and I understand where their actions come from and I feel it is important people keep this in mind when screaming at North Korea over a movie but not knowing the full story.
North Korea denounced The Interview from the word of news this movie was getting the green light from Sony Pictures. North Korea already showed much displeasure and had issued warnings that they would take action if this film was ever made. Of course Sony and Hollywood never took these words seriously at all since they had been already been using North Korea as the most common evil entity in movies like White House Down and the re-made Red Dawn. Also not to mention Hollywood utterly disrespected North Korea before with the cult comedy Team America with no recourse! There is one huge fact people don't realize from the Team America North Korea leader, and that is he was a whole other person altogether and a person who wasn't so up to date on the goings on of the time. While former leader Kim Jong Un, did care what was going on with the Western entertainment and what they thought of him. At the time there was nothing they could do other then speak harshly to us and give vague threats. Now In comes Kim Jong Il, who is not just your typical power hungry paranoid psychopath that runs a nation. Kim Jong Il, is an over the top looney bin from all accounts and already from his actions clearly he shows no fear or any kind of respect for the United States and it's capabilities. This leader is bold to a fault and very much interested in technology and his image of looking all powerful. I'm my opinion he was NOT going to be the butt of a joke in a large big budget production about his own assassination this time around, he was going to make damn sure of that.
The "Sony hacks" began from a group calling themselves The Guardians of Peace. But breaking into Sony emails and personal employee information the attacks would cause all sorts of windstorm for Sony for weeks to come. For leaked personal emails showing Sony heads talking and making fun of President Obamas film preferences. To emails of chef Sony heads calling Angelia Jolia a "spoiled brat" and finally all sorts of talks between Marvel Stidios and Somy over the rights to Spider-man and the future of Andrew Garfield in e franchise
Next for fear of any chance of an Aurora CO. "The Dark Knight" type of attack movie theater chains pulled the movie. In essence only because of threats made by the so called "Guardians" of any theater that would play the movie would suffer 9-11 type style attacks. Even if Homeland security themselves said that there was very little to no threat of such actions ever being pulled off. You can never account for some whack job radical sympathizer who lives in America to actually do something crazy in the name of his "emperor".
So with barely any theater willing to show the film that is when Sony decided to cancel the films release and any eventual showing ever to appease the "hackers" (and by hackers I mean North Korean Government) Also Sony had to do this to stop any other further attacks on themselves (Sony) and their employees. President Obama, then goes on to scold Sony the very next day for appeasing to terrorist demands and then later pulling down all ads for the movie also. Well Mr. President, it does seem like Sony had indeed reached out to White House officials about the matter when it all first started weeks ago? I'm very sure Sony would have loved to have the U.S. governments support and resources from the very start, but it seems Obama wanted a personal invite to the national crisis. The government knew what was on the film and had cleared it to be made so when the cyber attacks happened it should have been a red flag right away. Now after all is said and done people in power all of a sudden feel very interested in the topic after Sony seemingly "pulled" the project from ever being seen and bowing to terrorist demands.
So after The Interview has been canceled. Special theater screenings of the cult classic Team America are also canceled. Then come news that another studio cancels any type of preproduction of ever happening for a new Steve Carell movie which has North Korean ties in the plot. Then comes out the truth of the whole thing, the FBI formerly announces that is was indeed the North Korean government that was behind the cyber attack on Sony Entertainment. The cyber attacks that compromised personal information along with financial information of United States citizens who work for the company. Finally we come to present and not only does it seem like the terrorist have gotten what they wanted, they are now in emails sent to Sony Ent. asking for more demands!!
Now I have told you about the North Korean perspective, the reasons things played out the way they did. I want to make sure I point out the bigger picture here how this is Cold War type stuff and not just about a movie. This is actual terrorist attacks and threats from another nation on US soil and it's citizens, so people should really focus on that part of the news. President (after all was said and done) is now promising actions against North Korea for these cyber attacks but honestly what more can be done here the damage has obviously been way past done.
Again think how outraged we (America) would be if some rival nation (say like Pakistan or Iran) spent most of their countries money on making a huge movie based on killing the most popular figure in our eyes. So think realistically here with no bias, HOW STUPID would it have been to actually go to real war (even if it was only a small terrorist attacks) that got people killed over a fucking movie!!! In the future we will look back and see Sony eventually did the right move here....even as stupid as it feels now. Just my two cents
Written by: MannyPlace
Last Minute Updates: This is such a fast movie fluid story, here are more timeline updates added just before publishing this article.
Sony says their plans was to "temporarily" cancel only the Christmas time release of The Interview. Since they say no theater chain was willing to show the movie on release date because of threats made to anyone showing the film. Sonys lawyers said it was a very big misunderstanding from everyone to the president about the movies cancelation. Sony is now working on releasing The Interview via VOD with a third party provider. Then again since this all started with cyber attacks who will take that very big risk?
In an almost expected reaction North Korean officials now warn America that the army and people of North Korea "are fully ready to stand in confrontation with the U.S. in all war spaces including cyber warfare space," with actual threats to "blow up those citadels." This stern warning came Sunday by North Korean National Defense Commission, which expressed appreciation for the work of the "Guardians of the Peace" who hacked Sony Pictures. Korean officials have said before they do not know who hacked Sony and they would love to do a joint investigation with the U.S. To find out the culprits. North Korea also accuses U.S. government of being "deeply involved" with the filming of "The Interview."
From other reports I've also read, that the U.S. will be further investigating the origins of the cyber attacks with the aid of China who supplies North Korea with its internet service. Take that North Korea.....Americans are not as stupid as you think we are!! Of course the information will just be confirmed from independent 3rd parties and North Korea will still deny any involvement even if caught red handed.
Finally in response to North Koreas most recent threats of violence, the infamous hacker "Anonymous" vowed to release The Interview movie on Christmas Day for the whole world to see!!
Written by: Manny Popoca