North Korean hackers were (probably) capable of bringing an entire media company to its knees, but the country doesn’t really understand how American media works.
In a statement published in English on state media early Monday morning, the North Korean government accuses the U.S. State Department of being “deeply involved in the making of such a dishonest, reactionary movie” and promised revenge against “the White House, the Pentagon and the whole U.S. mainland, the cesspool of terrorism.”
The accusation that the government was involved in the making of The Interview probably comes from leaked e-mails that reveal conversations between Sony and the State Department about the ending of the movie, though the State Department has insisted, “We’re not in the business of signing off on movies.” The very existence of The Interview probably confirms this—any government with the power to block speech would likely have put the kibosh onThe Interview before it was even filmed.
Like the threats of violence against moviegoers that led to The Interview’s release being canceled, it’s unclear (and unlikely) that these threats are credible. But anyone who somehow placed a bet years ago that Seth Rogen’s career would lead to threats of war from North Korea, boy are you cashing out right now.
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