-Who brought the curtain down?
-I was ordered to.
-Ordered to! By whom?
MAN: By me.
-Who are you?
-Dr. Boyarski. These are my colleagues.
Wonderful. What gives you
the right to stop my show?
-We are trying to stop a war.
-What's that got to do with comedy?
Your presentation could be construed\
as an insult to Hitler.
-It was meant to be an insult!
-Lupinski, shut up!
We cannot allow you to ridicule
the Third Reich. It's too risky.
Let me tell you something.
The curtain's going up. . .
. . .and we're gonna finish.
We are not backing down!
Then we're closing this theatre.
-We're backing down. Strike the sets.
-Thank you, Mr. Bronski.
To Be or Not to Be (1983)
When the Fueher yells
"I gotta have more shells!"
We Heil (fart sound) Heil (Fart sound)
Still we make more shells!
If one little shell should blow him right to Hell
We Heil (fart sound) Heil (fart sound) and would that be swell!
The Fueher's Face (Disney 1942)
Through out the history of motion pictures and TV we always spoofed and openly mocked our enemies whether be Imperial Japan, the Nazis, the Kaiser, the Soviets, Saddam and the Ayatollahs.
Let me run down a list of such films and cartoons:
The Fueher's Face
You're a Sap Mr. Jap
Bugs Bunny Nips the Nips
Hare Meets Herr
Daffy the Commando
The American Carol
Hot Shots 1 & 2
Any film by Mel Brooks
Now we could add the Interview which is a big FU to North Korea and that schmuck running it. But thanks to bunch of North Korean hackers calling themselves the "Guardians of Peace" who have a bug up their ass because we had the gall to poke fun at Kim Jong Un even though we got away with really mocking his old man in "Team America" but now instead of going ahead with releasing the movie anyway we reconsidering it even our own government is weighing in that the some of the movie's content maybe in "bad taste"
Unlike in North Korea, which has a law making it illegal to fold up a news paper because it will have the mugs of Kim Il Sung, Kim Jong Il or Kim Jong Un and it would be disrespectful to otherwise, but we have this great thing called Freedom of Speech. At least we did before this political correctness crap infected this country like a bad case of "jungle rot" now we have to be more careful of what we say or do because of some crybaby saying "Oh this is so offensive. I don't like this."
We have become a nation of cowards and crybabies so overly sensitive even to what used to be considered funny or parody which is now considered offensive. But now we have a country that we don't have any diplomatic relations and have armistice with since the Korean War is now calling the shots on are how we treat them in are films.
I can boil this down to our gutless president; who is even weaker than Jimmy Carter ever was. He has managed to ruin our standing as a world power and makes we wish George Bush was still office. Because our enemies laughing as us. Now we can be bullied into openly mocking our enemies just by using Cyber warfare and leaking out compromising e-mails from Sony. Which I a hypocritical that in the e-mails they mock Obama yet still give him money on the hope of tax breaks. Makes about as much sense a kid moving out of parents' house yet he wants an allowance.
Of course this is nothing new since before the onset of World War II, the British and the French forced the Czech to appease Hitler by giving him the Sudatenland in the Munich Agreement which was suppose to achieve "Peace in Our Time" but by giving Hitler the Sudantenland it put Czechoslovakia in the position to be invaded because Hitler had his eye on the Skoda Works. But the more we appease him, the more daring Hitler became when he started overrunning other European countries.
Now we're seeing a similar parallel as we appease and negotiate with our enemies or we just rely on air and drone strikes which do nothing since many in ISIS have been trained by our military when they were in the Iraqi army and know how handle such strikes. Which make me think when train these schmucks we should have used military manuals from the 70s and 80s and keep the more up-to-date stuff to ourselves, so such things don't come back to bite us in then ass!
Getting back to Sony, this whole thing has all major studios running scared as they are either cancelling or editing any projects that are critical to North Korea no matter to what degree in fear that they might be next. A couple of theatres in Texas in an act of defiance to North Korea were going to screen Team America but the execs at Paramount said you're not going to screen that movie.
I worry about this where we're going as nation because this is not nation I grew up in; I fear this nation might go down the path depicted in Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 or Orwell's 1984.