We may have found a reason why Kim Jung-Un is so grumpy: he has zero sense of humor. This guy really takes himself seriously. So seriously that he has threatened to declare war on the United States over a movie!
North Korea’s official news agency, KCNA, quoted a spokesman from the North Korean foreign ministry:
“Making and releasing a movie on a plot to hurt our top-level leadership is the most blatant act of terrorism and war and will absolutely not be tolerated. “
The spokesman went on to call Seth Rogen, the co-writer and co-director of The Interview, a “gangster filmmaker.” The film itself was called “reckless US provocative insanity” that would trigger “a gust of hatred and rage” among North Korea’s people and soldiers. What’s so threatening that it could engender such an overreaction? Have a look:
In the film, Rogen and James Franco play a talk show host and his producer who score a rare interview with North Korea’s reclusive leader. They are then recruited by the CIA to assassinate Kim.
The film has been in the works for several years, and required an update when Kim Jong-Il died in 2011. Lucky for them that Kim Jung-Un is almost an exact replica of his father. Who was a nearly exact replica of his father.
The script was inspired, Rogen says, by trips real journalists have taken to North Korea:
“People have the hypothetical discussion about how journalists have access to the world’s most dangerous people, and they hypothetically would be in a good situation to assassinate them.”
This may remind some readers of the various CIA plots to kill Fidel Castro. Yes, that is true and yes, they really did think of dozens of ways to assassinate the Cuban leader. Exploding cigars, poisoned milkshakes and infected wet suits are among the crazy ideas that were either discussed or tried.
The one that came closest to working was during Castro’s 2000 visit to Panama. A bomb had been planted under his podium but was discovered by his security team. Nobody has ever mentioned if the CIA tried to recruit Barbara Walters to do the deed when she interviewed Castro in 2002. Lost opportunity?
Seth Rogen, quick to recognize a PR opportunity, took to Twitter to make light of the threats:
In North Korea they are less sanguine. That foreign minister called the film’s release an “act of war,” warning “If the US administration allows and defends the showing of the film, a merciless counter-measure will be taken.”
Hey, Teabaggers! This is the behavior of a tyrant. This is an actual dictatorship. This is a real cult of personality. Are you paying attention?
Enjoy another epic Seth Rogan smack down from AATTP: