Seth Rogen is no hero
I agree with Rekha Basu’s column [“Should satire be as clueless as ‘The Interview’?” Opinion, Dec. 28] concerning “The Interview.” While I was appalled that the film industry was intimidated by threats concerning its screening, I was also appalled that Sony sought to produce this film. Although Kim Jong Un is certainly barbaric, it is tasteless and indecent to portray the assassination of a nation’s leader humorously.
While freedom of speech and the press are precious rights, it is important for our society to revive the concept of shame, civic responsibility and self-censorship.
Heeding lessons from ancient Rome, James Madison and other Founding Fathers believed that free speech and other constitutional rights would be truly workable only if sufficient numbers of people chose not to abuse these rights and instead exercised an adequate degree of self-control.
Along with rights come responsibilities. Seth Rogen is no hero.
Daniel Burnstein, Seattle
No respect for Kim
While I agree with Rakha Basu’s opinion, she is making a flawed comparison withMore