Pre-warning for the very first post – as no one reads these, I’m not too worried about giving you a precursor, but in the off chance someone does – I can tell you now that most of you will NOT like what I have to say. I am long-winded and often times far too blunt. This is not a “feel good” site – if you want that – the internet’s a big place, look around. This is reality within reality, free from chaos and in avoidance of drama. But, feel free to flame, post, and respond however you see fit.
Freedom of speech is a right for Americans granted by a Constitutional “Amendment” (remember – not part of the original Constitution). The freedoms granted to Americans within our borders are our freedoms to say what we want about ourselves and the world we live in. Does that extend to other countries? I don’t know that answer, but I do know that listening to the news and all of the people spout their frustrations about freedom of speech and “what’s next, our books?”, and other nonsense is irritating at best. North Korea is not controlling our movies. Why? Let me ‘splain:
Freedom is not a right, it is a privilege. Freedom must be fought for, vigilantly maintained, and diligently managed on a minute to minute basis throughout the whole of our lives. Freedom is not a grant by some supernatural force or world-wide political decree. Therefore, like any “right”, it must be respected. To exercise our rights, we must do so with integrity and good intent. For example, driving is a “right”, not a privilege. Do you drive however you want (I’m speaking to those of you with a shred of common sense, integrity, and human decency – not the rest of America’s messed up society)? No – you drive with integrity, respect of others, and respect for yourself.
So, to the point: Is it an exercise of freedom to insult the leader of North Korea? The simple answer is: No. First of all – the guy’s still alive, and that’s bad form. Sony Pictures publishing a movie about killing a tyrannical leader is simply riding the coat tails of other movies such as Valkyrie, but instead of killing a deceased leader, they’re killing someone who’s alive.
Second – America would NOT tolerate it if North Korea were mocking the U.S. President and making a movie about assassinating him. That is inappropriate and unacceptable. The public would be outraged. But – if you want to claim freedom of speech, what about Kim Jong’s freedom’s of speech? What about his rights? You can’t defend something solely for yourself and apply it as a world standard without granting the same privilege to the rest of the world!
Third – it is very disrespectful, not only to the culture and peoples of North Korea (whether we agree with them or not), to make a movie about assassinating their leadership. How frustrated were people about the recent CIA report release simply because of the outfall it could have against innocents overseas who were not the actual “victimizers”? How is this any different? Look at when the recently ended Colbert Report on Comedy Central pulled their Twitter post named: “Ching-Chong Ding-Dong” (http://time.com/42017/cancelcolbert-stephen-colbert-not-racist/), simply because it was not ‘intended’ to be racist or derogatory, but because others felt it was, they pulled the post and apologized (although with a great level of cynicism). They did so out of integrity and respect. To exercise one’s “privilege” to the freedom of speech, one must do so with respect, or make reparations.
Fourth – it is disrespectful to ourselves, and the CIA, especially in light of the recent report about the CIA acting in egregious, deceitful and generally unacceptable methods during torture, to publish a movie saying they were going to secretly assassinate a world leader – especially one who had not taken any direct actions against America. Jet Li made a movie where he was a soldier from the North Korean army, and within the BOUNDS and limitations of acceptable movies, portrayed the harsh truth and reality about North Korea without being distasteful or so disrespectful that North Korea forbade it. So – it is possible to make a movie about the country and its leadership without being rude or inconsiderate.
Fifth – claiming that Kim Jong is out there trying to control media through online terrorism is an unfounded statement – and I can illustrate this for you: Visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pxDgQJBVJxg, and you will see a video that pokes fun at North Korea. Yes, they banned Youtube in their country – but they did not miss this video – period. North Korea is not surfing the internet both night and day looking to stop any media they can find. Look at the recently ended Colbert Report on Comedy Central (we will miss you!!!) – and its constant character defamation against Kim Jong. What North Korea and their leader could not stomach was a blatantly vain and disrespectful movie that created ill-will between nations, rocked an already unstable international relationship, questioned leadership in a country that survives only by maintaining unquestioned leadership, and was downright rude.
Finally, I am NOT defending Kim Jong Un. The guy’s form of leadership, his control issues, and the combination of his words and actions truly place him on stage with some of the world’s worst leaders (in my opinion only). I am not defending North Korea nor their form of government as I personally disagree with both. But, I also do not live there. Here’s the primary thinking error: justification. America, Sony, the directors: Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen, and others, have “justified” that this movie can be made because Kim Jong Un is a bad guy – in “their” opinion. They have abused justification through the First Amendment to the Constitution, feeling entitled to do whatever they want because they believe it to be funny and they want their special privilege to make money at the expense of other people and choose not to care how this affects Kim Jong, or North Korea in general. And, Americans have freely exercised “entitlement”, by using other thinking errors such as “fortune-telling”, predicting in advance that books and other media will now be banned because Sony gave in to the pressures not to air the movie. All of these thinking errors are deviant and part of the degrading infrastructure of America.
Here’s the truth: People (at least the ones using thinking errors to stand behind the movie) are taking the victim stance in this situation – even when it has no direct impact on them and are associating the problems of the world with their own lives. Everyone is ready to label the so-called “hacking” of Sony’s movie as a terrorist act. Isn’t it funny that Sony’s movie was available on the internet to be hacked in the first place? Does no one recognize that Sony Pictures is an Asian owned production company that already has a bigger take in this? But, I digress on those questions (they are for you to ponder). People – you are not victims of North Korea or its political regime. You are American citizens and can, if you so choose, find happiness with your lives here in America, with what you have – which is, in some ways, more than the rest of the world. This whole situation wreaks of drama triangle goodness.
All I can say, in this, the Christmas Season, is: Love others. Show kindness. Be respectful. Be considerate. Try to think of how others feel first. Show some integrity – because if you are really “American”, and not just a sheep in the masses of “sheeple”, than you should have some integrity and honor – and this movie (and this situation), have neither. And, if you’re feeling like the actions of North Korea are “Un-American”, and infringe on your freedom – STOP BEING A VICTIM. Your Constitutionally Amended freedoms are still in tact. The only difference is, now Kim Jong Un also gets to enjoy the privilege of not being humiliated or insulted or feel like a “victim”. Ah – did you think of that? Did you consider that he might feel like a victim, humiliated and scared, too? No? Why? Because of what you have read and seen on the News?
Or – do you know him personally?
Do you live in North Korea? Do you understand how their government works? If the answer is “no”, and you are acting like a victim, then you’re in drama. Get out of drama. Be the “bad guy” (as labeled by others), and say it how it really is – just as I’m saying it right here.
And, Merry Christmas!