It appears time does not heal on wounds when you’re North Korea.
After denouncing the film and even threatening nuclear war over it, the North Korean government once again ripped into James Franco and Seth Rogen’s The Interview, which hits theaters Christmas Day. The government-controlled Uriminzokkiri website published a statement denouncing the film, which features Franco and Rogen attempting to assassinate North Korea’s “supreme leader” Kim Jong-un.
“The cheekiness to show this conspiracy movie, which is comprised of utter distortions of the truth and absurd imaginations, is an evil act of provocation against our highly dignified republic and an insult against our righteous people,” says the statement.
It continues, “The trashy filmmakers, who, won over by a few dollars thrown to them by conspirators, have compromised the dignity and conscience of filmmaking and dared to produce and direct such a film. They must be subject to our stern punishment.”
They even take some shots at U.S.’ failing influence around the world, saying “How pitiful the U.S. is, desperately scrambling to tear down the authority of our republic that grows mightier by the day, with a shabby movie, now that no pressure or threat has worked.”
While we’d never question the accuracy of this North Korean report, if The Interview is truly a last-ditch effort for us to save our dying global empire, it’s safe to say the U.S. is in big trouble.