Captain’s Log 5,958
I believe in First Amendment rights. Oh, yes I do. I also know that making a funny movie about the killing of the president of North Korea might be a really bad idea. Considering the delicate nature of our relationship with that country, I really cannot believe Sony thought it was a good plan. Might as well make a comic movie about the killing of Putin. It would go over just about as well.
We used to call that…….Going over as well as a fart in a spacesuit.
There are times when discretion needs to rule. Trust me, I don’t condone the threats of terrorism, but I fully understand why it happened when you consider the source. Just as I have the right to stand in a vat of gasoline with a lit match, so do I have the right to make a politically questionable film. I have the right. It just might not be the best thing to do.
There is nothing wrong with discretion. It’s far more powerful that blatant confrontation. We think about this stuff all the time at the museum. When we had our Volkswagen exhibit, we worked really hard to tell the history in such a way that we were not lauding Hitler in any way. When we had our Datsun/Nissan exhibit, there were people who refused to come into our museum because we were promoting “Jap cars.” NASCAR has its roots in Prohibition and rum running. All of those things are part of the history that sews the fabric of culture, and we must be sensitive to all of it – even in a car museum. Case in point, we were called “filthy Socialists” when we displayed a psychedelic VW bus. We manage to push buttons when we aren’t even trying.
So imagine what it’s like when you ARE trying. I have not seen Sony’s film. Bearing in mind what has transpired, I probably never will. I do, however, want to state that I think any film that pokes fun at the assassination of a world leader is tasteless and inappropriate. I don’t care how funny it is.
Sony, whatever were you thinking?