|Above, the Three Stooges in You Nazty Spy. Photo by Columbia Pictures.|
Let's see. Dictators in the past have always been lampooned by Hollywood. Hollywood is now being run by pansies.
Charlie Chaplin's The Great Dictator and The Three Stooges' You Nazty Spy come immediately to mind (to read an interesting article on these and other movies, go here). Both Chaplin and Moe Howard lampooned Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler.
It is interesting that The Three Stooges' You Nazty Spy was released by Columbia Pictures. The current parent company to Columbia Pictures is Sony Pictures Entertainment, the same Sony who has decided to cave in to threats by not releasing a new comedy on a fictional plot to assassinate North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un.
According to Japan Today:
NEW YORK —Sony Pictures on Wednesday abruptly canceled the Dec 25 U.S. release of the comedy which has angered North Korea and triggered chilling threats from hackers, reportedly suspected to be ordered by Pyongyang.
The Hollywood studio announced the decision after the majority of U.S. theater chains said they would not screen “The Interview” about a fictional plot to assassinate North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un.
“In light of the decision by the majority of our (theater) exhibitors not to show the film ‘The Interview,’ we have decided not to move forward with the planned December 25 theatrical release,” it said in a statement.According to an article in Variety, U.S. authorities have found linkage that North Korea ordered recent cyberattacks against Sony, including the threats.
The Interview will eventually be released. This episode of North Korean cyberterrorism will only make people more curious to screen the movie to see what the fuss was all about.
Sony should have not caved in and kept to the December 25 release schedule.
As former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said, "With the Sony collapse, America has lost its first cyberwar."