Well, it seems that everyone is just hopping mad that Sony has at least temporarily withdrawn their movie "The Interview," a supposed comedy revolving around the murder of Kim Jong Un.
Anyone who reads this blog knows that I have nothing but contempt for Kim Jong Un, but it doesn't extend to my approving of the Sony Pictures Corporation* making money from ridiculing and pretend assassinating this pathetic jerk.
Well, here is what I haven't heard from all of the people weighing in on this subject today: Sony is a Japanese company. The US and North Korea certainly haven't had the most cordial relationship the last few decades, but the history of conflict between Japan and Korea goes back hundreds of years, and includes episodes of barbarism on the part of the Japanese, most notably in the period before and during World War II, for many of which (e.g. the comfort women) the Japanese still refuse to accept responsibility. This film simply adds insult to some very grave injuries on the part of the Japanese, and (to me anyway) makes North Korea's touchiness on this subject much more understandable.
In any event, the stupidity of basing a comedy on the assassination of a very real foreign leader is pretty monumental. North Korea responded in an essentially nonviolent way, and to tell the truth, I have no sympathy for Sony in this case.
*Disclaimer: I feel called upon to reveal that I spent 8 months working on a Sony TV show last fall and winter. I have also worked on a Judd Apatow movie. I don't think that has anything to do with the opinions I have about this film, but maybe I'm wrong. I certainly never felt mistreated on either project, and would be happy to work for them in the future.