January 18, 2015
Whoa! I really liked this week’s discussion. Some people have asked us what we thought about “The Interview,” and we didn’t get a chance to talk about it on camera, but I’m glad that we can share something in which other people voice their thoughts. Here’s a few of our own:
1) “The Interview” isn’t helping North Korea’s cause. Or is it? I’m not sure, because we haven’t seen it. My main concern with the premise of the movie is that it’s making light of the crazy shit that’s going on with North Korea’s government, and it draws attention away from North Koreans as people. There’s a real humanitarian crisis happening there, and it’s overshadowed by a messed up government. Making fun of that government draws the discussion away from North Korean people, who have a lot more depth to them than their servitude to their dictator. I’m not sure if “The Interview” talks about this, or if it makes it seem like everyone loves their government.
We talked about North Korea a while ago. Check that video out if you haven’t yet. And – update for those of you who saw the video – that video was actually selected as one of the winners for Project For Awesome 2013, and won $50,000 for Liberty in North Korea. LiNK actually sent us pictures of some of the refugees they helped with that money. We can’t share them online because it would put their families at risk, and I’m just rambling now, and I don’t know where I’m going with this. Just…thank you guise for helping out with that last year!
2) Banning something just makes people want it more. By banning something you give it legitimacy, and it makes people want to see it, read it, eat it, do it, whatever. Making something taboo makes it exciting and thrilling. If you want people to not pay attention to something, don’t pay attention to it. I think we see an example of it in one of the girls in this video, because she wants to see it now. Banning something is a great marketing strategy, and I’m pretty sure that “The Interview” made a good deal of money from all the controversy surrounding it. If you forbid your kids from doing something, then they’ll just want to do it more to see what it’s about. Talk with them about it, explain it, have a discussion about it like adults, and you’ll get a much better response than just ignoring it outright. No?
Yeah! That’s it for now. I usually like Seth Rogen movies. I find his awkwardness funny, though some of it is hit and miss. I don’t really think we’ll watch “The Interview,” though. I like it when I see how awkward he is in being an older, unattractive dude and dealing with modern society. I don’t think this movie will really capture that. Or maybe it will. Who knows. I just don’t have the urge to watch it. What do you think? Have you seen the movie? Is it any good?