ByMark Newton, writer at
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Mark Newton

Back in 2002, North Korea was officially lumped up with Iraq and Iran within the newly constituted 'Axis of Evil.' These were of course highly turbulent times. Now, in 2014, it seems their membership status has been downgraded to the 'Axis of Slightly Scary, but Also Adorably Hilarious.'

Earlier this year, the North Korean government claimed Seth Rogen and James Franco's upcoming comedy, The Interview, was an "act of war" which warranted "merciless" retaliation against the "desperate" American government. In the movie, Franco and Rogen play American television producers-turned-spies who are tasked with assassinating North Korea's leader, Kim Jong Un.

The Retaliation Arrives!

Kim Jong Un actually seems quite nice in The Interview.
Kim Jong Un actually seems quite nice in The Interview.

Today, we have received this retaliation. Before you get too excited, no, you don't need to start stockpiling food for the inevitable nuclear annihilation. Their retaliation seems to consist of a sternly worded open letter, which is less than flattering to both Rogen and Franco.

The letter - which was published under a pen-name on the North Korean government-controlled Uriminzokkiri website - condemns the movie as an "evil act of provocation" which deserves "stern punishment."

The letter, which was published by The Hollywood Reporter, states:

The cheekiness to show this conspiracy movie, which is comprised of utter distortions of the truth and absurd imaginations, is an evil act of provocation against our highly dignified republic and an insult against our righteous people.
The trashy filmmakers, who, won over by a few dollars thrown to them by conspirators, have compromised the dignity and conscience of filmmaking and dared to produce and direct such a film. They must be subject to our stern punishment.

But North Korea wasn't done there. They also claimed the movie was a pathetic attempt by the US to crumple the government of the totalitarian state. It continued:

How pitiful the U.S. is, desperately scrambling to tear down the authority of our republic that grows mightier by the day, with a shabby movie, now that no pressure or threat has worked.

Are We All Doomed?

Of course, this isn't the first time North Korea and Hollywood have clashed. In 2004 they also locked horns with South Park creators, Matt Stone and Trey Parker, over their portrayal of Kim Jong Un's father, Kim Jong Il. As far as I can recall, there wasn't a major international conflict after that movie premiered in theaters, so I wouldn't be too worried about this Christmas turning into a nuclear winter.

Other movies North Korea has taken a disliking to include 007: Die Another Day, Red Dawn, Olympus Has Fallen, The Red Chapel, and The Twilight Saga. North Korea was firmly on the side of Team Jacob and threatened nuclear annihilation unless Bella broke up with Edward.


Is North Korea right to be annoyed about The Interview?

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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