Tuesday, June 24, 2014

North Korea Hates James Franco and Seth Rogen

You may be a terrible failed state, that starves and tortures it's own citizens in the name of being "The People's Republic" but on one thing we do agree.  James Franco is a tool, so it is understandable that you hate him.  Rogen though?  Come on Hermit Kingdom, he made Superbad happen!

Look at my haircut, you would think I had a sense of humor.

So North Korea hates the comedic gold mine of a duo that blessed the world with Pineapple Express.  Chalk it up to another strange facet of their weirdness right?  Just like that captured "US imperialist spy ship" that you like to show off, right?

Not this time, as the DPRK has a real reason to not like the two Hollywood stars, it has to do with their new movie The Interview starring James Franco and Seth Rogen as American talk show hosts sent to assassinate Kim Jong-un.  It doesn't look very funny, and North Korea agrees.  See for yourself:

The Telegraph contacted Kim Myong-chol, unofficial DPRK spokesman and Kim Jong-un associate, for a little bit of insight into the regime's opinions on the film, and he was...open in his criticism:

"There is a special irony in this storyline as it shows the desperation of the US government and American society," he told The Telegraph. 
"A film about the assassination of a foreign leader mirrors what the US has done in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Ukraine," he added. "And let us not forget who killed [President John F.] Kennedy – Americans. 
"In fact, President [Barack] Obama should be careful in case the US military wants to kill him as well," Kim Myong-chol said.

Hollywood usually ignores South Korea's unfortunate neighbor, but what about other big production movies that focused on the land north of the DMZ?  Die Another Day, Pierce Brosnan's last (and worst) James Bond film had the hero battling North Korean baddies, right across the line of demarcation (and also on the South Pole).  What does the regime think about that?


Kim Myong-chol dismissed Hollywood movies as being "full of assassinations and executions" and expressed the opinion that British films are far better and more realistic. 
"James Bond is a good character and those films are much more enjoyable," he said.

So Bond gets a pass.  Must have something to do with North Korea's popular culture still hovering somewhere around the 1960's.  That film, however, was pointed out by the Telegraph as being condemned in state media as "dirty and cursed" upon its release.

Criticism aside, the Supreme Leader will likely watch The Interview, Kim Myong-chol said. And who can blame him? You'd at least have to see whether you die at the end.

No word on what Kim Jong-un thinks about this though:

Probably a huge fan.

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