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Our nutcase elites, as illustrated by Sony's movie about whacking Kim Jong-un

I read stuff like this and I shake my head. This to me is by far the most interesting fallout from the hacked Sony email saga:

When Sony Pictures began casting last year for a new comedy to be called “The Interview,” early scripts included the assassination of a fictionalized North Korean ruler. It was not until auditions began that actors learned that the movie would portray something much more brazen: the violent killing of the actual leader of North Korea, Kim Jong-un.Sony’s executives now say they knew that basing a film on the assassination of a living national leader — even a ruthless dictator — had inherent risks. But the studio seems to have gotten much more than it bargained for by bankrolling what it hoped would be an edgy comedy. The still very-much-alive Mr. Kim, the leader of an isolated and unpredictable nuclear-armed nation, appears not to have been amused when the premise of the comedy became clear. North Korea branded the $40 million film, to be released on Dec. 25, “an act of war” and vowed a “resolute and merciless response.”

An "edgy comedy"? About assassinating a head of state? Doesn't that seem to you, like, oh asking for trouble? Then again, we've got elites who are totally down with torture and spent most of last summer looking for a war, any war, until the finally struck gold with ISIS.

The studio’s first miscalculation, film experts say, was in venturing beyond where big-budget moviemakers dared to go in the past.

“The gory killing of a sitting foreign leader is new territory for a big studio movie,” said Jeanine Basinger, a professor of film studies at Wesleyan University.

How gory?

Disturbed by North Korean threats at a time when his company was already struggling, Sony’s Japanese chief executive, Kazuo Hirai, broke with what Sony executives say was a 25-year tradition. He intervened in the decision making of his company’s usually autonomous Hollywood studio, Sony Pictures Entertainment.

According to hacked emails published by other media and interviews with people briefed on the matter, he insisted over the summer that a scene in which Mr. Kim’s head explodes when hit by a tank shell be toned down to remove images of flaming hair and chunks of skull.

In one email, Mr. Hirai approves a newly altered assassination shot that had “no face melting, less fire in the hair, fewer embers on the face and the head explosion has been considerably obscured by the fire.”

So that's alright, then.[1]

So, it's very nice to see what our elites -- in this case, Hollywood producers, directors, and big name writers -- think is really funny: Melting faces, head explosions. "It's so over the top!" Clearly, we are ruled by insane people.

NOTE [1] Not only insane people, but assholes:

"We removed the fire from the hair and the entire wave of secondary head chunks," wrote Rogen in a leaked email from October 6th. "Please tell us this is over now."

NOTE Imagine the reaction if a similar "edgy comedy" were made in Russia, with Obama as the target. Just imagine.

UPDATE The Interview is scheduled for release on Christmas Day. Let's hope there aren't any special gifts from North Korea.

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Submitted by cg.eye on

Think about it -- the whole Apatow brand of comedy depends on getting away with disparaging anyone who's not a white male friendly with the MJ, as long as the aforementioned white male is cuddly/immature enough to not be in power. The difference with this film is that TPTB is expressly using these clowns to get close, psychotronically, to an assassination target.

Taking nothing about Big Media as accidental (and, I look forward to the GOP (like that isn't a sign of intention) Xmas release w/ great interest), and knowing that more often than not, the government gets what it wants from Hollywood, propaganda-wise, why not assume that The Interview is an act of counting coup, for TPTB? If the government really had an objection, this script would not have been greenlit; it's very hard to make something happen in Hollywood, and very easy to shut it down. The fact that the Japanese CEO of Sony -- who's taken a hands-off stance regarding movie content since they bought the joint -- took a stand now, tells us that the US diplomatic voice was missing from the conversation.

Also, let's not forget the effect of Team America: World Police in letting TPTB assume that North Korea would be okay with defamation/assassination satire. This movie came out when anti-war sentiment crested, and acted as right-libertarian pro-war satire, as is the South Park boys' wont. Maybe if The Interview had subtler writers, it could have succeeded on its own; as it stands, it seems too stupid to be anything but the flat-footed CIA equivalent of a summer blockbuster weapons festival.