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December 23, 2014 at 11:29 AM

‘The Interview’: It is not free speech when you advocate murder

A South Korean army soldier walks near a TV screen showing an advertisement of Sony Picture’s “The Interview,” at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Monday. (AHN YOUNG-JOON / AP).

Sony made a movie it considers a comedy about a couple of bafoons going to North Korea to interview Kim Jong Un and then assassinating him [“North Korea Internet outage in wake of Sony attack over,” Nation & World, Dec. 22].

North Korea asked, then demanded that Sony not distribute such a movie. It was ignored. North Korea stated that it was terrorism to condone such imagery, and was rebuked. It, in effect, exhausted the diplomatic route. So North Korea resorted to the only effective recourse left to it short of military actions. North Korea attempted to harm Sony through the Internet, and succeeded. Now our government is considering retaliation.

That would be state sponsored retaliation for very bad choices done by one Japanese-American company. That’s a bad idea..

As abhorrent as Kim Jong Un is as a cruel and repressive dictator, let’s not forget what is really happening here. A couple of executives and actors made tasteless and inflammatory choices about what was entertainment, and think that they should be protected by the shroud of American might.

I don’t. South Park was inflammatory, but it was animated and very silly. This movie is not South Park.

Free speech is one thing. This movie shouldn’t be protected under that premise. It’s like yelling “fire!” in a theater. It is not free speech when you advocate murder. We learned that back in the days of the Ku Klux Klan.

Sony should apologize to North Korea and trash that movie. Because if it is a precedent for imagery to come, you can sure guess what comes next.

Angel Hewit, Issaquah

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