They hate us ’cause they ain’t us

Natalie Gomez, Arts & Entertainment Section Editor/ Staff Writer

As a teenage girl, I spend an extensive amount of time on Twitter. Twitter allows users to voice their opinions in 140 characters or less and attain information in the matter of seconds. Just before the start of the New Year, Twitter users frantically tweeted about how The Interview wasn’t going to be released by major movie theatre chains and would no longer be released in theatres. The action-comedy was scheduled to be released on Christmas Day, but was not due to political interference.


All I knew about this movie was that James Franco and Seth Rogen had made another movie together; I hadn’t even watched the trailer yet. After further research, I found out that Sony Pictures had been hacked by a group calling themselves the Guardians of Peace who were threatening to release confidential information from the company. The hackers targeted other Sony Pictures productions, but The Interview seemed to be hit the hardest.


There was speculation that the hackers may have been from North Korea and, at the time, I had no idea why people were accusing them. Although, once I watched the movie, I realized that North Korea would be an obvious culprit behind the hack because of the offensive material aimed towards North Korea and their ruler, Kim Jong-un.


The movie shocked me right from the beginning. All of the controversy behind The Interview finally began to make sense to me. I usually do not like movies that are humorously offensive and crude, but I surprisingly enjoyed this one.


The movie not only criticized North Korea and their government, but it also analyzed the media and how it affects people in America. This was probably the main reason I enjoyed the movie and surprisingly made it to the ending credits. The Interview had meaning amongst the nonsense; it had messages about the media’s influence hidden in its contents so to speak.


The Interview ended up being released in 331 theatres in the U.S. on its scheduled premier date and several websites offered the option of streaming the movie for a low price. The Interview has also been said to have been illegally downloaded more than 750,000 times during the course of its opening day. Despite the big commotion the Sony hacker created, the controversy seems to have died down since the evidence placing North Korea as the suspect is circumstantial and new controversial events, such as the terrorist attack in France, have overshadowed this one.