MONTGOMERY VILLAGE, MD., December 17, 2014 – Have we become a country of wimps? Are we so afraid of a third rate dictator that we let him control what we see in the movies?
When the promotion of the movie “The Interview” hit the TV, we all sat back and wondered how stupid movies could get. Another derivative movie with big box office actors with a stupid plot. Most Americans would wait for it to be shown for free on one of the premium channels on a day with no football.
After hacking into Sony Studios, the suspected North Korean cyber invaders threaten physical harm to any theater that would show the movie. The threat was intermingled with references to the September 11, 2001 terrorist act.
The main theme of the movie – as probably everyone knows by now – is that the CIA wants journalists to use the opportunity of a meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jung-Un to assassinate him. The would-be assassins are a couple of bungling idiots that couldn’t warm coffee in a microwave. Just the mention of the plot makes us want the warm coffee to stay awake.
The movie was made in a studio owned by a Japanese company, Sony, located in Hollywood.
The Japanese are kin and uncomfortable neighbors to Kim’s little feudal domain. The North Koreans keep firing missiles into the sea between the two countries making everybody leery. One could say the Japanese had a direct rationale to worry.
As surprising as it seems, the movie will not be shown to audiences in theaters. In what appears to be the first salvo in a continuing cyber war, the North Korean hackers were able to cause enough fear that first the movie theater companies and then the maker of the film Sonny cave in. North Korean bluffers one, paranoid US theater owners zero.
When these events, worthy of a bad comedy themselves, were taking place, I promised myself to go see the movie to demonstrate to the would-be bullies that we are not stupid or paranoid.
Yes stupid. How can anyone think that the North Koreans can do us any harm, comparable to 9/11? Have we lost our ability to think?
Double yes, paranoid. Are we that afraid that we can’t be told not to go see a movie or else? Even if one thinks retaliation is possible by the hackers or their puppeteers, can we be intimidated to that extent?
I propose that we the American public are neither stupid nor paranoid. Can’t say the same for the corporations that own movies theaters in the US.
Mario Salazar, the 21st Century Pacifist, only goes to the movies once or twice a year, but would have gone to see this one just to show the bullies. He is in Twitter (@chibcharus), Google+ and Facebook (Mario Salazar).
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