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North Korea Wants Seth Rogen & James Franco’s ‘The Interview’ Banned

North Korea Wants Seth Rogen & James Franco's 'The Interview' Banned

North Korea don’t like a lot of things about the West, but they really don’t like Seth Rogen and James Franco‘s “The Interview.” Then again, it’s not every day that a movie comes along where the central plot is the assassination of your leader, and North Korea has already called the movie “undisguised terrorism” and akin to an act of war. And now the country is taking this all the way to the U.N.

North Korea’s U.N. Ambassador Ja Song Nam penned a letter to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the end of June, strongly stating that “The Interview” should essentially be outlawed. “To allow the production and distribution of such a film on the assassination of an incumbent head of a sovereign state should be regarded as the most undisguised sponsoring of terrorism as well as an act of war,” the correspondence stated. “The United States authorities should take immediate and appropriate actions to ban the production and distribution of the aforementioned film; otherwise, it will be fully responsible for encouraging and sponsoring terrorism.”

Strong, strong words. But also more free publicity for the film that most North Koreans probably won’t see anyway, except for maybe Kim Jong Un….who may or may not get killed in the movie. Find out when “The Interview” opens on October 10th.

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I think this is the absolute most retarded thing I have read. No dissing to the writer but the topic in general. Where does north Korea get off thinking they can just march to the UN with a complaint about a movie? A freaking movie that everyone knows is fake hell it will prolly be hilarious like the rest of rogen Franco get togethers. Where do they think they have a right when they threaten and antagonize war almost everyday. Launching missiles when they are asked not to. Kim jong un should be assassinated whoever did it would be doing the world a favor hell even his own country would prolly be thankful. Guy has a serious little man complexion that he needs put into check.


First of all, you mean "North Korea doesn't…" And second of all, what you mean is "the political powers of North Korea." Let's not speak for the whole country here. You have no idea what the citizens of North Korea think, and they're not likely to tell you since they're not allowed to speak in online fora such as these. For all we know, the denizens of that unfortunate state praise Franco and Rogen but despise their leaders.

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