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Rogen, Franco take on Lil’ Kim

What better way to sum up the comedic styling of a Seth Rogen film than to compare it to a funny cigarette you buy off the street: cheap, poorly put together and usually laced with marijuana.

This particular film depicts a talk show host and a producer commissioned by the FBI to conduct an assassination disguised as an interview in North Korea with Kim Jong-un, a big fan of this American talk show (for some reason).

With all the charming, talented actors in the U.S., I’m a little baffled that an action-packed movie about two unsuspecting agents assassinating the ruler of North Korea had to star “the western capitalist pigs” who brought you other unimportant movies, Rogen and James Franco.

More importantly, I feel kind of bad that North Korea felt intimidated enough by these two to feel obligated to lash out and hack all of Sony Pictures for a sub-par comedy.

On Nov. 24 of last year, Sony shut down its entire system when it discovered a hacking entity known as #GOP gained access to more than 100 terabytes of data. The hack was speculated to be from North Korea, but experts are still unsure as Pyongyang denies the attack.

Emails were released exposing that female stars were being paid less than male stars and that certain directors were treating some actors such as Amy Adams poorly. These and a plethora of other nasty emails were just a few of the casualties of the hack.

The group then sent an email to Sony executives saying that if “The Interview” was released, the theaters showing it on opening night will suffer non-specific, but deadly consequences. In turn, many theatres scheduled to show it dropped the viewing as not to risk any attacks.

Of course, many people still found ways to see the movie, either on YouTube or on other entertainment platforms. The viewer rate was substantially higher than if it were viewed in theaters, mostly because Americans want what they can’t have and by golly, the government can’t make me not see this movie!

The controversy and popularity of this film due to the hacks will undoubtedly boost the fame of Rogan and Franco, but the publicity is grossly undeserved.  To say that the two actors are American heroes would be an insult to real heroes such as Theodore Roosevelt or Cher.

Although the Sony hack was one of the biggest breaches in history, to say that it was all because of a mediocre comedy to stick to ol’ Kimmy J is almost shameful, and I don’t think the actors should be celebrated for it.

About The Author

Luke Janke

Luke Janke is a super senior studying journalism at FGCU. When he’s not listening to podcasts, he’s busy producing his own podcast, Full Pulp. Concerts and music are at the forefront of his horizon, and when there’s an ounce of free time you’ll find him in his home studio laying down tracks for his music project, Bull Moose Party. As a self-proclaimed nihilist, his affinity for death is emphasized by the authentic squirrel skull found on his desk in the newsroom.

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