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4 lessons for Donald Trump about North Korea from “The Interview”

Then in November 2014, a month before the release date, a group largely considered to be connected to North Korea hacked the computer networks of Columbia Pictures’ parent company Sony Pictures Entertainment. They leaked internal emails, employee records and several recent and unreleased Sony Pictures films. They also threatened additional attacks, perhaps on theaters themselves, if the movie was released.

The hackers later conceded that Sony had “suffered enough” and could release “The Interview,” but only if Kim Jong-un’s death scene was not “too happy.”

So one further lesson from “The Interview” is that as bad as it is living under our own reckless, narcissist leader, at least he isn’t engaging in the sort of full-on censorship common in North Korea.

4. Don’t underestimate North Korea.

Sony never released “The Interview” in theaters, citing that the threat to viewers was simply too high. That decision led to a number of theaters and production houses pulling other films featuring North Korea from big-screen release.

While many, including President Obama, thought that the decision to pull the film was a mistake since it sent a message that North Korea could affect freedom of speech in the United States, Sony defended the decision by saying that they had simply responded to theaters canceling the film.

Either way, the story of “The Interview” is a cautionary tale. While the filmmakers saw the film as just a good laugh at North Korea’s expense, the North Korean government called the hack a “righteous deed.” To them, a film making fun of the grotesque murder of their leader was akin to a terrorist threat.

Source: Salon: in-depth news, politics, business, technology & culture > Politics

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