While many people believe that the actions of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un are his way of showing that he is not to be trifled with, the recent controversy pertaining to the movie The Interview has lead to a very different theory.
If you are out of the loop because of the holidays here are a few things you should know:
- North Korea threatened all out nuclear war if the movie the interview was shown in theaters
- On Monday, November 24th Sony Pictures Entertainment’s headquarters in Culver City is hacked.
- 3 days after the attack 5 Sony films (Fury, Annie, Mr. Turner, and To Write Love on her Arms) were leaked onto the internet, and downloaded millions of times- effectively beginning to cripple the entertainment business.
- November 28th the first speculation of North Korean hackers emerges.
- December 1st pre-bonus salaries of the top 17 Sony executives are leaked to the press, the files also contained the salaries of more than 6,000 current and former Sony employees. Following the leaks Sony hires FBI SealMandiant, a cyber-security firm.
- December 2nd- 4th more and more of Sony’s secret information is leaked and hacked
- December 5th information pointing to North Korean Hackers and more threats on the company and its employees emerge.
- James Franko jokes about the hacks, and North Korea while at the same time promoting his new film The Interview on Saturday Night Live.
- December 7th-10th North Korea denies any connection to the hacks, the hackers demand that Sony not show their film The Interview, and continual leaks of the President Obama, and several celebrities personal lives.
- December 11th The Interview premiers regardless of the hackers threats
- December 13th the hackers give Americans an “early Christmas present” by once again releasing several new Sony made films
- December 17th Sony decides to stop the planned Christmas day release of The Interview after bomb threats to theaters that show the film emerged
- December 19th The hackers send their approval to Sony for pulling the film
- December 23rd Sony recants previous statements regarding pulling the film and decides to once again release it Christmas day
- December 24th The Interview is made available for rent via YouTube Movies for $5.99
If you got bored reading the time line half way through here is the short end of it…
Hackers (probably North Korean) infiltrated Sony and released a ton of movies, got really angry about The Interview and made lots of threats to the theaters that would potentially show it, causing Sony to provide the movie much cheaper that usual via VOD, not to mention the hacks caused wide spread sensation over the movie- aka free advertising .
In other words good ol’ Kim Jong-un made the movie much more accessible to Americans, and sensationalized it- which made even more people want to watch it.
So consider this… maybe Kim Jong-un wanted us to watch it after all. Maybe he is hungry for celebrity and fame. Maybe just maybe his plan was to get us all to watch it.
After all the Arabs never once complied when we made the movie The Dictator.
Not to mention North Korea didn’t have any qualms about the 2004 film Team America: World Police that portrayed Kim Jong- il, Kim Jong-un’s father.
So you decide. Kim Jong-un – celebrity wanna be, or threat to American security.
While you decide please enjoy this fantastic theme song.
WARNING CONTAINS EXPLICIT LANGUAGE.
By Kyra Azzato