Remember When Artists Had Courage?

Now we’re taking orders on what we’re allowed to watch from North Korea? That’s how brave Hollywood stands by their principles? (As if they have any principles other than devotion to the almighty dollar and contempt for their audiences.)

I’m not saying a Seth Rogen movie is worth risking lives. Heck, just the idea that “Seth Rogen” and “international incident” are in the same news stories is proof of our deeply odd times.

But if any nation on earth is demonstrably evil, it is the prison-nation of North Korea, run by a murderous and delusional dynasty that gets crazier in each successive generation. If creative people can’t stand up to crummy little tyrants like this and poke them in the eye, then what possible use are they? Even the lowest court jester of the nobility would mock the king.

Is it worth risking a single life for the possibility of a terrorist incident?

That’s entirely the wrong question. The studios and theaters are making a decision based on the potential for lost revenue if people get scared by the threats of terrorist action against theaters and stay away. And, given that we live in a climate of fear generated by one manufactured crisis after another, some people may indeed stay away. The film industry might even have to face a 10% reduction in box office returns during the lucrative Christmas season, and that’s how executives lose jobs.

Remember when Walt Disney and Warner and Charlie Chaplin mocked evil men like Hitler with vigor and courage? Now studios cringe in fear. It’s easy to do what Hollywood usually does: mock conservatives and Christians. Given the fallout from The Interview, we’re almost certain to see more of the villain that dominates headlines with his relentless cruelty and terrorism: the white male Methodist.

It’s almost a metaphysical certainty the The Interview is a terrible film, but if Seth Rogen and James Franco are the bravest member of the entertainment class, then they’re in good company.

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