Once again, North Korea has promised “merciless” retaliation over something trivial – or as the rest of the world calls it: just another Thursday.
In what may be the best viral marketing campaign ever, North Korea has threatened war if an upcoming Hollywood movie starring Seth Rogan and James Franco is released.
Surprisingly the threat of war does not come from poor casting choices. Instead, North Korea is upset over the action-comedy’s plot, which centers around killing Kim Jong-un. The film, titled The Interview, is about two talk show hosts who are invited to interview Kim Jong-un, and are subsequently recruited by the CIA to assassinate the North Korean leader. Although the movie won’t be out until October, the teaser trailer shows a lookalike actor playing Kim Jong-un as well as a bunch of action scenes set in Pyongyang.
Kim Jong-un was not impressed.
“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 North Korean spokesman raged.
“If the US administration allows and defends the showing of the film, a merciless counter-measure will be taken.”
Well, clearly no one in North Korea has seen Team America: World Police, starring a lonely Kim Jong-il puppet – or all those episodes of 30 Rock, featuring Kim Jong-il as “the greatest waiter of all time” and Kim Jong-il as the greatest weatherman of all time.