You may have noticed that over the last two days, the world seems to have lost its damn mind. The Sony hack that has been a hot topic of debate lately got all kinds of crazy, as that Guardians of the Peace group—the government has now confirmed that North Korea is in fact behind the hack—threatened terrorist attacks on theaters screening the Seth Rogen/James Franco comedy The Interview. First, all of the major theater chains decided they weren’t going to screen the film, and then Sony scrapped the entire release (I was supposed to see a screening tonight dammit). As it stands now, there are no plans to release it in any format, ever. Some places, like the Alamo Drafthouse, planned to show Team America: World Police in lieu of The Interview, but even those screenings are being cancelled now (Paramount is forbidding screenings because North Korea is in charge of Hollywood and a ten-year-old puppet movie is way too dangerous to show—it was on Netflix last time I checked), as have plans for a Steve Carell-fronted North Korean thriller.
If this all sounds like a dystopian novel to you, you’re not alone, as this feels like the start to one of those Hunger Games-esque young adult trilogies that are so damn popular. This situation raises all kinds of questions about censorship, international politics, and basically letting the bad guys win. (Seriously, if you were on Twitter or any social media last night or today, you saw things like Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich making the exact same points as people like Michael Moore. This is what Peter Venkman yelled about in Ghostbusters: “Dogs and cats, living together.” It’s nuts out there.)