Remember when North Korean leaders complained about Seth Rogen and James Franco’s new movie The Interview and nothing whatsoever changed? Well, the silence doesn’t mean Kim Jong-un and company have gotten over it. In fact, they’re still pretty pissed off, and now, they’re taking the matter to the United Nations.
According to TMZ, North Korean ambassador to the United Nations, Ja Song Nam, just filed an official complaint with the organization, claiming The Interview is a clear sponsorship of terrorism from the United States Government.
Here’s the official quote…
"To allow the production and distribution of such a film on the assassination of an incumbent Head of a sovereign State should be regarded as the most undisguised sponsoring of terrorism as well as an act of war."
It’s highly unlikely anyone at the United Nations will take North Korea seriously. The organization is in the business of looking at big picture situations like preventing war and organizing disaster relief. An offensive movie obviously meant to be a joke is the least of anyone’s worries. Besides, I can’t imagine North Korea has built up a ton of sympathy over the past few years with its aggressive language and sketchy human rights record.
That being said, I see why the powers that be in North Korea are at least a little annoyed. I wouldn’t be writing letters to the United Nations, if it were me, but there’s something that’s not exactly classy about putting together a movie containing a basic plot that involves assassinating a real world leader who is still very much alive and a well-known movie fan. Even if that world leader is beyond sketchy, it’s still a low blow.
Fortunately for Seth Rogen and James Franco, they don’t seem to care. They’ve been making jokes about Kim Jong-un’s negativity since just about the moment North Korea started complaining. Obviously, they’re not going to alter anything, which shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone since people who would make a comedy about killing a man aren’t exactly the same type of people who would be easily ruffled or pressured into changing anything.
You can check out the trailer below…
In the grand scheme of things, that’s not that bad. No doubt North Korea’s complaining will get louder as the film approaches its release date, but as soon as it comes out, it will quietly disappear. After all, it’s not like North Korean leaders are still complaining about James Bond thanks to Die Another Day or Trey Parker and Matt Stone thanks to Team America: World Police.