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December 29, 2014 at 3:55 PM

‘The Interview’: Seth Rogen is no hero; no respect for Kim Jong Un

Sony shelved “The Interview,” a comedy co-starring Seth Rogen and James Franco about the assassination of North Korean ruler Kim Jong Un, after cancellations by theater owners in the face of a threat. But now, it appears that release of the movie is on again (Damian Dovarganes / The Associated Press).

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 with

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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

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