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The Sony hackers really hate Seth Rogen and James Franco

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Seth Rogen and James Franco have that disastrous “comedy”, The Interview, coming out on Christmas Day, but it’s already created enemies worldwide. Namely in North Korea and with a group known as the Guardians of Peace, who actually have threatened to reenact 9/11 for real if they dared hold the premiere or if anyone went to the theatre to see it.

From Variety:

The Sony hackers have threatened a 9/11-like attack on movie theaters that screen Seth Rogen and James Franco’s North Korean comedy “The Interview,” substantially escalating the stakes surrounding the release of the movie.

The attackers also released the promised “Christmas gift” of files. The contents of the files are unknown but it’s called “Michael Lynton,” who is the CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment.

“The world will be full of fear,” the message reads. “Remember the 11th of September 2001. We recommend you to keep yourself distant from the places at that time. (If your house is nearby, you’d better leave.) Whatever comes in the coming days is called by the greed of Sony Pictures Entertainment.”

Huh. This warning was enough to put the wind up someone in power, though, because they’ve gone ahead and canceled the New York premiere (the LA one went off without a hitch last week).

I know North Korea is a serious diplomatic and humanitarian crisis by all accounts, but if we’re going to get real/bring some levity to the situation, what grown ass adults care about being teased in a comedy movie made by two stoners? Methinks people need to take themselves far less seriously. Come on, now!

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  • So…. Who pissed off Osama Bin Laden before 9/11 then? Did someone make a movie he didn’t like?

  • The North Korean mind-set doesn’t work like that. It takes stuff like this VERY seriously. They really do consider stuff like this to be an act of war because Kim Jung Un is not just the leader of the country. This is a country that has outlawed religion and have focused the country to look at this family as living breathing gods. They don’t shake anything off because it’s a country whose mindset is based off lies, paranoia and the impression of supremacy. To them, the idea of someone making fun of their leader implies that the other country is powerful enough to do so, and according to the DPRK, no one is more powerful than they are.

    I’m going to be interested to see how this whole thing unfolds and what (if any) reports come out of the North Korean state-run media about it.

  • Due to past imperialistic actions most Asia nations tolerate the Japanese. Korea and Japan dont really like each other — forget North Korea, to them the Japanese (Sony) making a mockery of their Imperial Leader is close to an act of war. At least in his psychotic mind anyway.

  • Release the film. They don’t have to watch it. Sony will be the biggest coward of all if they cave to this blackmail and we will be setting a dangerous precedent that our right to say whatever the f!ck we want about anybody is only worth the paper it was written on 200+ years ago. Do they think China is in their corner circa 1950?! China is communist in name only. They drank the capitalist Koolaid and this little piss-ant country is out there flailing in the wind. Sony must release this film and there should be lines around the block on the 5 o’clock news around the world.