The Interview May Get North Korea DVD Release in Form of Balloon Air Drop
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It may soon rain Seth Rogen and James Franco over a portion of North Korea shortly. Those in the area may want to bust out their umbrellas to shield themselves from a truly ridiculous news story.
North Korea, not being avid fans of comedies in which a fictionalized version of their dictator is assassinated, has vowed to retaliate in kind.
The report begins with what only sounds like the plot of a wholly ludicrous movie: “North Korea's military on Sunday threatened to blow up balloons that South Korean activists plan to send over the heavily-militarized border carrying 10,000 DVDs of the satirical Hollywood film ‘The Interview.’”
Many will recall that a not-so-minor International brouhaha broke out when The Interview was initially denied a theatrical release after Sony endured a much publicized cyber attack.
The movie, starring Rogen and Franco, later saw vitality in the form of outlets like Netflix and eventually some theaters around the country.
While the headlines for the story are ridiculous, there are those who are legitimately frightened over the outcome of any balloon missives that may float nefariously over the border.
AFP states those near the border are “recommended to evacuate in advance for their safety.”
What might seem to many as gentle absurdity poses real gravity amid an already tumultuous portion of the world.
The report quotes North Korean officials that promise: “All the firepower strike means of the frontline units of the (Korean People's Army) will launch without prior warning... to blow up balloons.”
What’s more, Pyongyang's official Korean Central News Agency states the launch of thousands of DVD copies of the over-the-top comedy will be seen as nothing short of “the gravest politically-motivated provocation.”
The report continues that quote which considers the balloons “a de facto declaration of a war.”
The time and date of the launch is a bit vague, which is by design for activists. Although March 26 is given as a possible date.
AFP does note that this is hardly the first kerfuffle of this type between the two nations: “In October last year North Korean soldiers attempted to shoot down some balloons, triggering a brief exchange of heavy machine-gun fire across the border.”
So a movie that features a balding Rob Lowe, Katy Perry crooning and the rather, um, delicate hiding of assassination materials sees new life in the news as activists ready balloons to send across the border.
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