I’m not one for throwing out conspiracy theories based on gut instinct, but the entire “The Interview” controversy smells like a rat.
We’re supposed to believe that North Korea, one of the most industrially backwards nations in the world, a nation that has to send its iron ore to China because it lacks the technology to refine it, managed not only to launch a cyber-attack on Sony, but terrified theater owners everywhere in the country into canceling all showings of the film out of fear? We’re supposed to believe they would have engaged in further cyber-attacks, with the potential threat of invasion by the United States, all over outrage of a film mocking their leader?
And, of course, now that “The Interview” is conveniently back in theaters, we’re supposed to see it to
financially support Sony support freedom of speech. Had a North Korean filmmaker produced a similar film about the U.S. president being assassinated in a comical manner, and had the U.S. government launched a cyber-attack against them, would anyone in Hollywood be defending the film on the grounds of free speech?
So what really happened? I don’t know, but as someone who works in the media, I can tell you people are always, always on the lookout for free publicity, especially when the hype compensates for the lack of content in the actual product.
In her negative review of the film, Los Angeles Times‘ Betsy Sharkey makes a telling observation.
“[W]ithout Kim’s outrage, and the U.S. outrage at his outrage, ‘The Interview’ would have been a little blip on a box office chart, soon forgotten. Just one more R-rated credit on Rogen’s ever-growing IMDB list.”
Films should be seen and critiqued based on their value as art, not the controversy surrounding it.