The Interview Has Been Cancelled, And It’s A Fucking Tragedy

10471151_802049953181208_677403797427353148_nLet’s recap 2014 in America, shall we?

We learned that torture is legal and morally acceptable. We learned that cops can murder anyone they want as long as the victims are black. We learned that you’re allowed to be a serial rapist if you’re on TV. We learned that women who make and review video games are allowed to be harassed out of their homes. And most recently we learned that our right to free speech is secondary to the ego of a despot in another country.

So.

It is absolutely not hyperbole to say that the cancellation of The Interview’s release is an outright tragedy. We just got censored by another damn country… how does that even fucking happen? For all the talk after every terrorist attack that our values are under siege, THIS IS OUR VALUES UNDER SIEGE. This is our freedom of speech and free assembly being forced out of our hands by some thug on the other side of the globe. I don’t give a fuck how scary you think Kim Jong Un is, he doesn’t deserve the level of sanctity that we reserve for… pretty much NO ONE ELSE EVER.

Let’s skip past the fact that Homeland Security deemed the threat of movie theater attacks as not credible, and that even a country as ridiculous as North Korea would not incite a full-blown war with the United States over a damn movie, and that the theater owners were clearly more motivated to cancel the movie based on potential monetary costs and liability rather than safety concerns. The real heart of the matter for me now is the number of people, both online and in my personal life, that accept all of this, and that act as if the filmmakers and studio were in the wrong in the first place. How can anyone believe that? How can anyone think that a bunch of dudes making a goofy comedy justifies an unprecedented cyber attack and an abandoning of our most core of values? No, it doesn’t matter if The Interview depicts Kim Jong Un getting blown up by a tank (or whatever it is); there are many other cinematic touchstones of similar movies that made similar choices, that were released as they should have been.

In 1988, Martin Scorsese made a film of The Last Temptation of Christ, which among other things shows Jesus being tempted with a normal human life while on the cross (that normal life including marriage and sex with Mary Magdalene). Obviously, many Christians did not appreciate such a portrayal of the head of arguably one of the biggest communities in the world. Among other protests, this lead to a Molotov cocktail attack on a theater in Paris that showed the film. But do we think that Scorsese shouldn’t have made the picture? Do we think that Christ is above portrayals either reverent, mocking and human? And if we at large are not going to bend over backwards to avoid offending Jesus, who millennia later still has millions of followers, why the FUCK do we care what fucking Kim Jong Un thinks of us?

I am sure that I will see The Interview eventually. Be it through VOD, Blu-ray, or some kind of special screening months or years from now, it will happen. But it should happen sooner rather than later, because the last thing we should be doing is telling the world that we can be convinced to not go see a movie by some online bluster from across the world’s biggest ocean. In summary:

North Korea, FUCK OFF.

Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, James Franco, Randall Park and everyone behind The Interview: keep on keepin’ on, your film has just become legendary.

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One Comment on “The Interview Has Been Cancelled, And It’s A Fucking Tragedy”

  1. brendanfh says:

    In addition to what I’ve said above, I’ll direct you to this beautiful post from Drew McWeeny at Hitfix, who does a much better job than I did at breaking all of this down: http://www.hitfix.com/motion-captured/the-interview-and-north-korea-what-do-we-lose-if-we-let-fear-win-over-art


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