Thursday, December 18, 2014
THE INTERVIEW: SHOULD COMMUNIST NORTH KOREA BE ABLE TO USE TERRORISTIC THREATS TO CENSOR A MOVIE IN AMERICA AND ELSEWHERE?
And yes, if North Korea hacked Sony Pictures (the old Columbia) computer system, that is a crime, at least I think it is.
And while no one can use an immoral means toward a moral good, some good has come out of the computer hacking of emails by executives as Sony.
First of all, the emails expose these executives as secular hypocrites, the ones that Pope Francis would call Pharisees. But in this case they are the secular Pharisees.
Secondly, we all know that the media, to include news, entertainment and the internet have become the defacto moral teachers of a few generations of Americans and others around the world. But I lie, they have become the "amoral" teachers and have led so many into immorality.
Of course, there are some good things the media has done in terms of some societal moral issues, but overall, they are no moral voice. They manipulate the public for financial gain and degrade our morals.
But this brings us to the Interview. I know that Americans love to satirize and demonize dictators. Cartoons, such as the beloved Warner Brother's characters as well as movies did it to Adolph Hitler and Fidel Castro and others of note. I think they are fair game as is the dictator of Korea who is a despot.
However, when movies have plots, funny or not, fantasy or not, that include the assassination of real, living human beings, they can inspire the weak minded or the criminally insane to do stupid things. Our society is more violent than ever and I can't help but think that violent entertainment to include violent computer games and such contributes to it.
Is it wise to have movies suggesting that living world leaders, good or bad, should be assassinated? It is one thing to do so for a despot in North Korea but there was also a movie in a similar fashion for President George W. Bush. Is that irresponsible?
I am shocked that Sony and movie theaters have caved to the pressure of North Korea and their terroristic threats and I think it sets a bad precedence.
But should those in the entertainment industry being the moral voice of the world?
In this case they are not, not with their movie and not with their decision not to show it, in effect allowing Communist censorship here in America and elsewhere.
The bottom line for them is the almighty dollar. That has been exposed. And if even one movie theater is attacked, they know that this will hurt their overall bottom line, the making of money because people will be afraid to go to the movies.
But what should America's response be to North Korea which evidently is the source of all this and is making threats against a movie company here in America and demanding a movie not be shown to Americans and making terrorist threats if it is? Should America allow CENSORSHIP by a communist despot here in America?