"BLUE" JIMMY: ANTI-CENSORSHIP PUNDIT
"BLUE" JIMMY: In a move unheard of in my vast journalistic memory, a major movie studio, Sony, has pulled a movie, "The Interview," from theaters due to objection to its content. Some may argue that the objection to the film's content came in the form of an unprecedented cyber-hack and also contained threats of violence to moviegoers, thereby making the move necessary.
BLIND DOG OZZY: Yet people get to see the travesty of all three sh***y "Beverly Hills Chihuahua" movies in HD!
BLIND DOG OZZY: Ya!
"BLUE" JIMMY: What is unique about this incident is that it is not really a case of censorship at all. For example in the past, blatantly pornographic films such as "Deep Throat" and "Behind The Green Door" were pulled from theaters due to actions by the police, the courts and the FBI. Theater owners, directors and even actors were arrested for their participation. There was no such legal pressure for "The Interview." Sony pulled the movie voluntarily and made it seem as though it was a public safety issue. Now, New Regency has announced that a film set in North Korea starring popular actor, Steve Carell has been scrapped due to ... oh, I don't know, what do they call it?
BLIND DOG OZZY: Lack of balls!
"BLUE" JIMMY: The cyber-hack has been blamed on North Korea with other less-than-friendly countries being named as co-conspirators. It really doesn't matter. Whether the movie depicts two zany journalists being asked to assassinate the leader of North Korea in a comedy (the plot of "The Interview") or it depicts children being subjected to sadistic sexual torture and murder such as in the film, "Salo or the 120 days of Sodom" ( a 1975 film still banned in many countries to this day), a cowardly, anonymous threat issued on the Internet should not be able to shut down a lemonade stand, much less a multi-million dollar production by a major movie studio. You can foresee the dangerous precedent being set with this incident.
BLIND DOG OZZY: We might long for the days when ratings boards, TV preachers and parent's groups would determine our entertainment. At least there was some thought behind it. Now, any geek in Starbucks with a laptop can determine what we see, read or hear.
"BLUE" JIMMY: Dude! I need more info. My gut feeling is that there's more to the story than a cyber-hack by a foreign entity and a movie studio concerned about the safety of moviegoers. It all seems too convenient.
BLIND DOG OZZY: Like an attack by "terrorists" on the Pentagon and The World Trade Center that justifies a war in Iraq and Afghanistan.
"BLUE" JIMMY: Sake's Alive!
BLIND DOG OZZY: Wow! Wow!