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North Korea Threatens War Over James Franco/Seth Rogen Comedy

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  • Center Left
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    Seth Rogen and James Franco have made a movie (soon to be released) about assassinating North Korea's President Kim Jong-un.

    The Interview - Official Teaser Trailer

    As you can likely guess, North Korea is not seeing the humor in the upcoming release. Actually, they are taking it as a direct threat:

    “If the United States administration tacitly approves or supports the release of this film, we will take a decisive and merciless countermeasure,” a spokesman for its Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement carried by the state-run Korean Central News Agency, according to the New York Times.

    The country is labeling the film "an act of war".

    Think Congress or the Obama Administration will step in on this one at any point? The release date is slated for this fall, I believe in August if I read correctly.
  • Center Left
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    Consider the source......
    If Cameroon threatens war, I don't think that we should get excited either. With no real internet access, How will they know of this movie ?
  • Center Left
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    The citizens don't have access, but no doubt the leadership does. Or at least they have a PR dept that keeps them "in the loop".
  • Center Left
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    Of course the govt. has internet but if 99.8% of the citizens don't see it........ what's the problem ?
  • Center Left
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    Because the only ones that can declare any kind of retaliation or do anything about IS the NK government. And its not like they need the democratic support of their people. They can tell them any reason they like to get them fired up about the US. Hell, tell em the truth, that "The Americans have made a film about killing our fearless leader", that'd be enough.

    I'm not saying that North Korea WILL attack the US over this. But they are very much aware of it, clearly because they are making public statements condemning the film AND threatening to retaliate if the US appears to be in any way propping the movie up.
  • Center Left
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    The movie does look pretty funny. Seems it's turned into quite a touchy subject elsewhere. I guess we'll see what happens.
  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    sbfriedman Wrote: I'm not saying that North Korea WILL attack the US over this. But they are very much aware of it, clearly because they are making public statements condemning the film AND threatening to retaliate if the US appears to be in any way propping the movie up.
    I say we call their bluff. Does anyone actually think North Korea will risk total annihilation by the United States because of a parody movie? I surely hope they are smarter than that. Who knows though--it is North Korea and they have an adolescent sociopath as their 'dear leader.'
  • Center Left
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    No doubt North Korea is way out of their league, threatening the US in any way. I do not think the North Koreans will start an actual, all out war with us just over this movie.

    What I am more curious on is if anyone in government will try to intervene with the release of this movie because of Kim Jong-un's threat? Is an interesting 1st amendment question, I guess.
  • Independent
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    I don't know what is the matter with this country; we seem to love to irritate others. Like tapping Merkels phone and have Kerry make stupid arrogant statements etc etc. Making movies in which Muslims are painted a certain way etc etc. Then we have our drones all over the place; we dictate the world what to do, or else. Invade countries who never even attacked us and so on. So is anyone surprised at this reaction of N.K. I'm not. Keep it up America.
  • Other Party
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    Arroyo is right, North Korea won't ..."start an actual, all out war with us just over this movie"... They aren't able to do much to us directly.

    This is just the latest reason for NK to be pissed off at us. It's usually our military exercises with South Korea that gets them stirred up, but it always something. Speaking of South Korea, it wasn't too long ago that NK called the South Korean female leader a "prostitute", so they have a penchant for over-the-top rhetoric.

    They say we will suffer "merciless retaliation" if this movie is released. As if the USA is going to stop it because of their threats. The idea of satire is pretty much lost on them.

    But, it's not as if they are unable to stir up trouble, They could start something with the South Koreans and drag us into it. They DO have nukes.

    And that's the biggest danger to us: their nukes. Not that they'd launch one on us, but that they could try to smuggle one to a terrorist group for them to use against us.

    Their leaders biggest fear is that a CD of this movie will be smuggled in (it will) and their citizens see fun being made of the Dear Leader.
  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Dutch Wrote: I don't know what is the matter with this country; we seem to love to irritate others. Like tapping Merkels phone and have Kerry make stupid arrogant statements etc etc. Making movies in which Muslims are painted a certain way etc etc. Then we have our drones all over the place; we dictate the world what to do, or else. Invade countries who never even attacked us and so on. So is anyone surprised at this reaction of N.K. I'm not. Keep it up America.
    It seems like you're conflating two entirely different things here. Spying on world leaders is commonplace and to suggest other countries, even our biggest allies, aren't doing the same exact thing, is disingenuous at best. We just got caught and have to publicly apologize, but it is inaccurate to suggest we are the only country out there spying on other world leaders. It's been going on for decades and will continue to go on Ad infinitum. I agree with you on many of your other points regarding our foreign policy, but you are equating what our government does with what private citizens are doing and that's where I have to strongly disagree with you. What private citizens do is wholly separate from what our Federal Government does.

    When it comes to movies about the North Koreans, Muslims, Christians, and any other group or demographic, there is a very important thing called the First Amendment. The First Amendment doesn't guarantee that we only hear speech we want to hear, but specifically guarantees speech that is an anathema to large chunks of our population. The Supreme Court has ruled on this a number of times and they have continuously reaffirmed that right. As long as you don't run in a crowded theater and yell 'FIRE', you are pretty much protected to say whatever you want. It's one of the pillars of this democracy of ours and the founders found it so important that they put it number one.
  • Independent
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    jaredsxtn Wrote:
    Dutch Wrote: I don't know what is the matter with this country; we seem to love to irritate others. Like tapping Merkels phone and have Kerry make stupid arrogant statements etc etc. Making movies in which Muslims are painted a certain way etc etc. Then we have our drones all over the place; we dictate the world what to do, or else. Invade countries who never even attacked us and so on. So is anyone surprised at this reaction of N.K. I'm not. Keep it up America.
    It seems like you're conflating two entirely different things here. Spying on world leaders is commonplace and to suggest other countries, even our biggest allies, aren't doing the same exact thing, is disingenuous at best. We just got caught and have to publicly apologize, but it is inaccurate to suggest we are the only country out there spying on other world leaders. It's been going on for decades and will continue to go on Ad infinitum. I agree with you on many of your other points regarding our foreign policy, but you are equating what our government does with what private citizens are doing and that's where I have to strongly disagree with you. What private citizens do is wholly separate from what our Federal Government does.

    When it comes to movies about the North Koreans, Muslims, Christians, and any other group or demographic, there is a very important thing called the First Amendment. The First Amendment doesn't guarantee that we only hear speech we want to hear, but specifically guarantees speech that is an anathema to large chunks of our population. The Supreme Court has ruled on this a number of times and they have continuously reaffirmed that right. As long as you don't run in a crowded theater and yell 'FIRE', you are pretty much protected to say whatever you want. It's one of the pillars of this democracy of ours and the founders found it so important that they put it number one.
    Read it again! I'm mentioming/refering to the word "irritate" (like we do again with this "movie") ; you can do that with many things; together it leads to "annoyance" or "despice" or even further "hate" Look at the whole picture not just details.
  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Dutch Wrote: Read it again! I'm mentioming/refering to the word "irritate" ; you can do that with many things; together it leads to "annoyance" or "despice" or even further "hate" Get the picture?
    I read it twice before I submitted my first reply. You said 'we seem to love to irritate others.' You then go on to list some things our government has done that has frustrated you and then list things that private citizens have done. I was agreeing with much of your post regarding what our government does, but I draw a line when it comes to what private citizens say or do. The First Amendment is not just words on an old piece of paper. It is the foundation that this entire country is built upon.

    I could honestly care less what other governments think of things private citizens say or do in America. If they are that preoccupied with what private Americans are doing on their own time then they are obviously incompetent leaders, which the dear leader of North Korea most definitely is.
  • Center Left
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    They could invade the USA....... or they could decide to properly feed their citizens.
  • Other Party
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    Given the choice of invading the USA or feeding their citizens, KJU would probably decide to invade.

    I'm not sure he's smart enough to realize that invading the USA is beyond their capabilities. And he certainly does not seem to care about his people.