North Korea complains to UN about new Seth Rogen film

News Simon Brew 10 Jul 2014 - 06:27

North Korea has escalated its complaint against Seth Rogen's next movie to the United Nations.

Well, this one's showing no sign of dying down. A few weeks back, it was revealed that the North Korean authorities had not taken kindly to Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg's upcoming comedy, The Interview. The premise of the new comedy sees a pair of unlikely assassins being tasked by the CIA with taking out North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un. James Franco co-stars with Rogen in the movie.

Previously, a spokesperson for North Korea declared that the film was "an act of war", arguing that "making and releasing a movie on a plot to hurt our top-level leadership is the most blatant act of terrorism and war and will absolutely not be tolerated. "A merciless counter-measure" has been promised in return if the release of the film goes ahead.

It's now been revealed that things have not stopped there. North Korea has formally complained to the United Nations about the upcoming movie, which is set for release in October.

In a letter to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon (sent around the same time as this story came to light in the first place), North Korea's ambassador to the United Nations, Ja Song Nam, argues that "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 letter demands that "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".

As things stand, The Interview's release date is not budging, and we're not aware of any response from the UN. Team America is watching, though.

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The universal laughter that greeted their demands to Washington about this film didn't sink in, I guess. Either that, or the little sociopath in charge likes looking like an idiot.

You know, I would wonder how Americans would feel if there was a chinese movie (albeit a comedy) about the assassination of Barack Obama.

(Hello, my NSA-friends! Thanks for joining!)

How did Team America and 30 Rock get away with taking the piss out of them?

Just you wait till next years oscars.

That's what you get from a ruler who doesn't understand the concept of freedom of speech and the subsequent division between entertainment and government propaganda.

Reading certain comments online, one would think that a sizable portion of the American population would actually enjoy it.

(NSA friends, I would not agree with their opinions and tastes. The only films dealing with assassination attempts on film I enjoy are those against the enemies of the US-, erm, the West. Or those in which the US President almost gets killed but gets to kick some serious arse, like 'Independence Day'.)

Wow, there's a lot of black helicopters flying around today

Didn't the US spit out a couple of dummies (for those over the water that's a "pacifier" I believe) when Channel 4 (?) made a what-if documentary about the assassination of Bush?
That little (albeit dangerous) twit in Korea doesn't have a monopoly on humour bypasses or not quite understanding what freedom of speech is all about.

All together now: "I'm so ronery, so ronery, so ronery and sadry arone"

The N Korean government needs to remove the stick from up their collective backsides, take a chill-pill or something and take a good long look at themselves...

Maybe get that put in a speech for someone to read at the UN.

different regime technically, his dad must have not cared as much, or may be just maybe had a sense of humour ?? His son seems like a real douche

Why are there men in black suits standing over my shoulder as I read your comment?

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There was a British film called 'Death of a President' about the fictional assassination of President George W Bush.

North Korea are giving this film the most amazing free press I have ever seen.

Who will now not go and see the film that almost started a war!? Aside from North Koreans that is...

It's futile. I complained to the UN about the Twilight saga and they did jack **** about that!

Did Kim Jong il ever see Team America - a mystery a la MH370.


Check out IMDB, Dennis Rodman is given producer credits. I smell a conspiracy.

The DPRK once declared war on South Korea by fax. A couple of days later someone noticed that they had received a fax. So they replied- via fax- telling them that this was a really bad idea.
By this time the DPRK had forgotten about this and they went back to frowning at each other.
North Korea should be terrifying.... but they're just so wacky!

Nice bit of photoshop, no way Brad Pitt was in the original.

After the stunt they pulled last year where they had a video with a man dreaming of the U.S. getting nuked, they do not have a leg to stand on. And the UN? Seriously? After all of the atrocities and human rights violations that this specific leader (a term I use extremely lightly) has been responsible for I would not be surprised if it was just laughed out of the room

The North Koreans actualy made a short propaganda film featuring a man dreaming about the nuclear bombing of America last year. It had the tagline "One Day His Dream Shall Be Realised." They didn't think that ws innappropriate and given that this is a government that has third generations punished for the crimes of their grandparents, I really could not care less if they are offended.

Hasn't the UN submitted a few complaints to North Korea...?

It's all good regardless -just pass a law to make it legal and we're good to go.

War is Peace.
Freedom is Slavery.
Ignorance is Strength.
America, **** yeah!

Will Malaysia be joining this petition in a belated response to Zoolander?

I always knew James Franco would be involved in the End of the World..

North Korea appears from the outside to be about as close to a real life version of the novel '1984' as we are likely to come-by. However could you imagine the fuss in western media if they released a movie on a similar theme with one of our leaders as the target. It’s fair to say that we would be upset (the Mail website would probably go into meltdown!). I think this a step too far by the filmmakers and in bad taste (not that they will care since this is clearly their aim).

And here I was thinking that the Seth Rogen film that would end civilisation would have been Zack and Miri Make a Porno.

This makes so much more sense than the actual picture.

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