The Interview: Sony's North Korea film to be screened in US - BBC News

Compare to Shakespeare's Richard II. That play contains a dethronement scene that was removed until years after Shakespeare wrote the play because it was too controversial and threatened the very monarchy, or at least, that is the way that British kings such as the 16th century Tudors viewed it, who supposedly banned performances of Richard II entirely. Supposedly a rebellious playwright offered up the unexpurgated Richard II intact with the dethronement scene and lost his head over it. So, the concept of censorship (or worse) for controversial content is not unknown throughout even Western history. One doesn't need to go to North Korea to see examples of censorship even today - in the United States any work of art even that foments violent rebellion will be viewed as criminal and will not get a First Amendment pass.

But then - Richard II was a British play about a British king losing his throne. No wonder subsequent British kings were sensitive about allowing replays of that event. It was all in the family - all British.

This movie "The Interview" on the other hand, is a U.S. film depicting the (comic) assassination of a North Korean leader. That's a type mismatch at the least - where do those Koreans get off complaining about what the United States does, anyway?