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December 31, 2014 at 5:13 PM

‘The Interview’: Satire must be used carefully

I was beginning to feel alone in my opinion on the topic of the movie “The Interview” until I read Rekha Basu’s column in The Seattle Times [“Should satire be as clueless as ‘The Interview’?” Opinion, Dec. 27]. Satire is often wickedly funny and effective, but in an increasingly complex world, it can also be a deadly weapon that turns on the very people who use it.

Making a film about the assassination of the leader of any country seems arrogant and irresponsible.  How would we feel about such a film directed at one of our own leaders or representatives?  I have little sympathy for the people who made “The Interview” or the jingoistic views of those Americans who feel good because we have somehow “nailed North Korea.”  Because we know so little of its culture and politics, North Korea should be treated with even greater sensitivity.

If we must use satire, can we not be gentler and more subtle?

Jim Ward, Seattle

Comments | Topics: "The Interview", Jim Ward, north korea

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