The Grey Lady published an article yesterday describing Sony’s decision over whether or not its upcoming film, The Interview, ought to depict the exploding head of a living national leader (Kim Jong-un):
“The gory killing of a sitting foreign leader is new territory for a big studio movie,” said Jeanine Basinger, a professor of film studies at Wesleyan University.
In the end, Sony decided to censor the scene for distribution outside the United States.
But the Times wasn’t done there. It also had to provide some context:
Hollywood films have mocked North Korea and its leaders before. In 2004, “Team America: World Police,” a feature film made with puppets, portrayed Kim Jong-il, the father of the current leader, as a lonely but sadistic despot who eventually turned into a cockroach.
How interesting. And how very, very wrong. Kim Jong-il did not “turn into” a cockroach. As noted previously on this blog, he was merely revealed to have been an alien cockroach all along. But as Bill Nye would say, don’t take my word for it: