I was first introduced to the controversial film “The Interview” when I went to see the movie “Interstellar” last November. When the trailer ended, everyone in the theater laughed, but I knew that such a naivety would be short lived. I turned to my friend said to her, “This is dangerous. There will be a form of retaliation, and it will not be pretty.” At the time, I decided I shouldn’t see the film out of principle.
However, two months later, the night before the first day of spring classes, I waited in anticipation to watch it. What was the change? Did I go against my principles? Of course not. Regardless of the potential ramifications of nuclear war, I felt that it was my duty as a citizen of the Western world to watch this form of art, for it was just days later that jihadists enacted a terrorist attack targeting journalists.
It is the job of every Westerner to support forms of expression, even if they are considered immoral, like pornography, for it is the power of expression that gives us immortality. An attack on one of these forms is an attack on all forms. According to the Quran, the killing of one innocent is the killing of all innocents, for God doesn’t love aggressors.
Therefore, it’s important to understand that there are still places where absolutists rule, like North Korea. Some may call Kim Jong-un a president; some may call him a dictator. But more than that, he is the third leader of the Kim dynasty. The great thing about “The Interview” is the truth behind it – an ignorant celebrity is seduced by the charms of the supreme leader. Dennis Rodman, a former NBA player, fell became a puppet of sorts without even realizing it.
If a film like “The Interview” and the satirical newspaper as “Charlie Hebdo” can turn our world on its head, then apparently there are those out there who don’t believe in democracy or progressive ideals. Instead, the world they live in is similar to that of the past church, where any form of improper or immoral expression could be punishable by death or numerous dehumanizing acts.
That’s why I saw “The Interview.” I wasn’t expecting much, but in the end, I was pleasantly surprised. I recommend that every person take two hours of their lives to sit down and watch this absolutely historic film, for there’s never been a film in history directly responsible for destabilizing foreign affairs. I plan to buy the film on DVD. I hope you can too.