America gets last laugh on North Korea hacking with strong audiences for 'The Interview'

Dana Swanson columnist / Headline Surfer®By Dana Swanson
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This snapahot shows actor Seth Rogen in a scene from the comedy movie, 'The Interview,' which is being shown on YouTube for $5.99 and in select theaters nationwide to large audiences despite the hacking of Sony by North Korea that imnitially le to the movie being shelved. James Franco co-stars in the movie, produced by Rogen.
 

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- The best way to make a movie a blockbuster: Try to censor it.

The North Korean hackers that hit Sony so they would pull the movie "The Interview" have seen the last laugh is on them.

As a refresher, Sony got hit by hackers because it was planning to release the Seth Rogen/James Franco/Lizzy Caplan comedy "The Interview."

The plot is pretty simple: Two half-wits are getting ready for a trip to the communist country to interview the dictator, Kim Jong-un, when they are approached by the CIA with an added assignment: Kill the North Korean strongman.

The Interview / Headline Surfer®Seth Rogan and Janmes Franco sar in the Sony comedy movie, 'The Interview,' showing in select theaters nationwide and online via YouTube for a fee of $5.99.

The plot is pretty simple: Two half-wits (Rogen and Franco) are getting ready for a trip to the communist country to interview the dictator, Kim Jong-un, when they are approached by the CIA with an added assignment: Kill the North Korean strongman.

This led to retaliation against Sony with the hacking resulting in a bunch of emails that Sony did want the public to see being exposed, including what certain stars were paid, inequality of pay and what they called certain stars. Sony officials caved and said they would not release the film.

The North Korean hackers commended Sony on their actions. Well, America spoke up and chastised Sony and even President Obama made comments on it.

Sony brass relented and said they would release the picture to audiences online band in theaters willing to show it. In the last few days, "The Interview" has sold out crowds and the terrorist threats against theaters that showed the movie never materialized. 

A movie made for $30-40 million that probably would have grossed maybe $100 million is going to generate far more now. This movie is not Shakespeare: It was given 49% on rottentomatoes.com and when watching the local TV news, one patron mentioned that the movie was "just plain bad."

Kim Jong Un, the funny-looking, North Korean dictator with the bad haircut, is now going to be mocked on an even larger scale by this movie than he could ever imagined. Americans hate to be told what they can or cannot view or read, especially from a foreign government.

North Korean dictator Kim Jung on passes through an aquarium tunnel / Headline Surfer®Kim Jong Un, the funny-looking, North Korean dictator with the bad haircut, is now going to be mocked on an even larger scale by this movie than he could ever imagined. Americans hate to be told what they can or cannot view or read, especially from a foreign government.

We stand behind the First Amendment of free speech and we will utilize it, even when that free speech comes in the form of an inferior movie produced by Sony.

Americans choose to give "the finger" to Kim Jong Un by seeing this movie, making it clear they not have their choices dictated by a dictator.

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Dana Dougherty is a political columnist for HeadlineSurfer.com. She also is a Florida Republican state committeewoman & former VP of the West Volusia Republican Club, though these activities are separate from her column. Dougherty, a Deltona resident, earned her MBA from Stetson University in DeLand. She was a delegate at the Republican National Convention in the past two elections. Dana's Domain" (and its contents), is the sole copyright-protected intellectual property of NSB NEWS LLC, and cannot be reproduced, copied or published in whole or in part without prior written permission of the publisher. HeadlineSurfer.com (and its predecessors NSBNews.net & VolusiaNews.net) are intellectual property of NSB News LLC. All three domains fall under the umbrella of Headline Surfer®, launched April 7, 2008, by multiple award-winning breaking news & investigative journalist Henry Frederick.