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Did Seth Rogen and James Franco Bring North Korea's Wrath Upon Sony Pictures?

By Cindy Davis | Miscellaneous | December 3, 2014 |

By Cindy Davis | Miscellaneous | December 3, 2014 |

I’m not sure whether we should laugh or be worried, or just start packing up the canned goods, but there’s some really weird goings-on going on. Is North Korea in on a movie publicity campaign? Are they responsible for hacking Sony Pictures and putting five unreleased movies online? Are Seth Rogen and James Franco in some kind of real danger? In case you haven’t yet read about this incredible madness, let me give you a quick rundown.

1. Seth Rogen and his friend/collaborator, Evan Goldberg produced and directed The Interview, a comedy about two journalists (Rogen and James Franco) recruited by the CIA, and tasked with killing North Korean leader, Kim Jong-Un.

2. North Korean officials got wind of the film, and indicated their extreme displeasure, saying the movie’s release would be considered an “act of war.” Rogen tweeted his amused response:

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North Korea additionally made an official complaint about the film to the United Nations, and requested President Obama to stop its release.

3. On November 24th, Sony Pictures computer system was hacked by an entity calling itself “Guardians of Peace,” and five unreleased Sony films (Fury, Annie, Still Alice, Mr. Turner, To Write Love on Her Arms) were made available on torrent sites. The company’s IT department shut everything down. Additionally, Sony executives’ salaries were posted for all the world to see.

4. Sony announced it was “exploring the possibility” that the hack was carried out by supporters of North Korea; December 1st, the FBI joined their investigation.

5. Yesterday, the BBC reported that North Korea refused to deny their involvement in the Sony hacking; instead, a UN mission spokesperson responded thusly:

“The hostile forces are relating everything to the DPRK (North Korea). I kindly advise you to just wait and see.”

Um, what? Is it time to head to our bunkers? If they can hack into Sony, does this mean our banks are next? Netflix? (NOOO, not Netflix!.)

Seriously though, what in the Sam Hill is going on? I mean, we knew Franco was trouble, but I don’t think we’d have predicted WAR. Rogen says he’s not worried.

Stay tuned (or hide)…

Cindy Davis, (Twitter)