The post title is a classic cliché. But what about three wrongs, would that make a right. I don't think so.
As people may have heard Sony recently made a film "The Interview
" starring Seth Rogen and James Franco. In my opinion that's the first wrong. Not because of the "free speech" but because the movie is deliberately insulting. I'll admit to not having seen it but even the makers agree it parodies the North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un. I think that's just rude.
There are several movies out there that poke fun at fictional leaders, the movie "Dave
", for example, has an over the top manipulative American President played by Kevin Kline. We've all seen similar parodies with leaders of fictional and non-existent middle eastern or African countries. Often these fictional leaders or countries are thinly disguised parodies of real leaders. But I think when you actually use a real leader by name it becomes rude. Now don't get me wrong here I'm not saying that is the worst thing in the world, or calling for a boycott of Sony or Rogen/Franco as a result, just saying if you're going to do this I think its rude.
So then we get to the next wrong. When North Korea hear about this they go loopy even going so far as to call the movie an act of war. Seriously guys get a grip. There was a show here many years ago called "Spitting Image
" with exaggerated puppet representations of world leaders. They poked fun at everyone and being a British show spent most of their time insulting British politicians and royalty. As I said earlier I think that's kind of rude. But the political leaders of the day tolerated and by all accounts even liked the show despite it portraying them as buffoons. North Korea's over the top reaction in my eyes loses them any street cred they might have for a more measured response.
Now there's some debate as to whether or not North Korea is behind the next event, which is Sony gets hacked and all sorts of movies, scripts and emails get leaked online. I definitely think that's wrong. But it may not be North Korea's doing. We also get anonymous (potentially from North Korea) threats to any movie theatre that screens the movie.
So now we get our third wrong that's definitely from one of the main participants in this farce, Sony caves to the threats and withdraws the movie. Now if they'd publicly said something like "OK, we've looked at the movie and realised it is offensive so we're withdrawing it" I'd have been OK with that. If they'd genuinely felt the movie was bad they should withdraw it. But to withdraw because of anonymous threats, that's rather pathetic.
So here we are at three wrongs, then Sony under pressure from actors and politicians reverse their decision. Hardly a shining moment for anybody.http://news.sky.com/story/1397484/cinemas-to-screen-the-interview-after-web-debut
Personally I find it difficult to see any right in any of this but its definitely a farce and a more over the top parody of modern events would be difficult to imagine.