Seth Rogen, watch your back. That’s the message coming out of the totalitarian military dictatorship of North Korea. Rogen, a Canadian comedian, along with American actor James Franco, team up in a new comedy film called “The Interview,” in which the pair play celebrity journalists who land an interview with North Korea’s Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un, and are then tasked by the CIA with killing him.
North Korea’s response was to issue the typical bully-talk rhetoric, promising retribution while posturing themsleves as if they hold hegemony on the media outside of their “hermit kingdom” boundaries.
The communist North’s Central News Agency, aka the “media police,” (the same agency that called a Obama a “wicked black monkey” last month) condemned the film, promising “merciless” retaliation if the film is released. We’ll see if producers of the feature film are swayed by the tyrant talk – the film is set to hit the theaters in the fall.
“Making and releasing a film on a plot to hurt our top-level leadership is the most blatant act of terrorism and war and will absolutely not be tolerated,” piped up Kim Myong Chol, an “unofficial” spokesperson for Jong-un and his regime.
Writes the Huffington Post:
Could Seth Rogen and James Franco trigger a conflict with North Korea? That’s what Pyongyang says, calling the duo’s upcoming film an “act of war.”
According to the Post, a foreign ministry spokesman echoed Chol’s words. “The act of making and screening such a movie that portrays the attack on our top leadership… is a most wanton act of terror and act of war, and is absolutely intolerable,” he said, adding that a “resolute and merciless response” is coming unless the U.S. bans the movie.
Chol, who’s official title is (ironically) executive director of The Centre for North Korea-U.S. Peace, said the film mirrors the fact that the U.S. has indeed assassinated foreign officials and reminded us that even U.S. presidents have been killed off – by Americans.
“There is a special irony in this storyline as it shows the desperation of the U.S. government and American society,” Chol said. “A film about the assassination of a foreign leader mirrors what the U.S. has done in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Ukraine. And let us not forget who killed Kennedy – Americans. In fact, President Obama should be careful in case the U.S. military wants to kill him as well.”
Then, as if he was just back to talking about sports and the weather, Chol said that the Kim Jong-Un would “probably go see it,” prompting this twitter response from Seth Rogen:
Apparently Kim Jong Un plans on watching #TheInterview. I hope he likes it!! http://t.co/5VrsgYlydE
— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) June 20, 2014