Yesterday was a great day to be a tinpot dictator.
We’ve already discussed the US softening of relations with Cuba, and last night, Sony Pictures, terrified of North Korea’s psychotic overlord and his Atari missile launcher, pulled The Interview from theaters, after it became apparent that North Korea was behind the massive Sony email leak. Now, granted, had something actually happened, we’d have been all over Sony for failing to take decisive action, and blaming them for whatever life, limb and property was lost in the ensuing revenge. But at least right now, it’s pretty clear that when it comes to a strong foreign policy towards men in fancy pajamas with rockets pointed at their Malibu beach hosues, Hollywood is more in favor than we thought they’d be.
Unfortunately (or fortunately, I suppose) for Sony, the Internet isn’t as easily fazed. Just hours after The Interview lost its shot at box office success, someone found a way to make sure that everyone in the world was able to see the Kim Jong Un death scene that shocked a nation’s bowl-haircutted tyrant.
The Kim Jong-Un death scene from “The Interview” has leaked online. The leaked shows the dictator’s helicopter being hit by a missile in slow motion and is set to “Firework” by Katy Perry.
Who leaked it is unknown, but “screener” copies of movies are being sent out to SAG-AFTRA union members for consideration at the start of award season, so there could be literally thousands of possibilities.
Since I just got hired here and don’t feel comfortable exposing the American Spectator to major litigation in my first few months, I’ll refrain from posting the clip, but you can find it elsewhere pretty easily, so I’m not too worried that you’ll be spared this glorious opportunity. Honestly, though, I have to say that the scene, which features Kim Jong Un’s head exploding in slow motion, wasn’t nearly as satisfying as I wanted it to be, or given the extent to which North Korea apparently went to keep it out of theaters, how I expected it to be. It’s brutal, but it’s nowhere near, say, Raiders of the Lost Ark, total-face-melting death scene quality.
In the end, the lesson here is that American ingenuity will always win out.
P.S. If you’d like to do something positive with your anger over Sony Picture’s spinelessness, you can sign the petition at Change.org asking them to release The Interview in theaters or digitally, or you can donate to Liberty In North Korea (LiNK), which raises money to help North Korean refugees reach freedom. Every $3,000 they raise funds a full rescue and resettlement. Smaller donations will help to find refugees food, clothing, medical care and shelter for courageous individuals who are trying to escape Kim Jong Un’s oppressive regime.