What The Interview Taught Us About Free Speech and Political Correctness

If you’re upset about Kim Jong-un being killed in a fictitious movie, maybe you should educate yourself about North Korea. But that’s not even the best argument you can make in defense of this. People have made “documentaries” about Obama that paint him as the anti-Christ (literally) and as some bloodsucking reptilian overlord. These aren’t even films, but passed off as informational non-fiction. You could argue that allowing those to exist does far more damage to society than a dopey buddy comedy about assassinating a sitting dictator (not world leader, dictator). Yet no one gives a shit about how much misinformation–on a variety of subjects–is allowed to be passed off as “fact”.

So while some make the argument that free speech is our right yet we should be more responsible with it, especially as it relates to sitting presidents, I think your brain has been damaged by the oversensitive nature of political correctness in this country. Political satire is absolutely crucial to our society. It’s a passive way of shedding light on serious issues, especially controversial issues. .

Even worse are the people using the half-cocked argument that it’s disrespectful for anyone to make a film like this about any sitting world leader. Kim Jong-un is a dictator–albeit a goofy dictator, a dictator nonetheless. He is not on the same playing field as other world leaders. He is in a detestable sub-category, one that does not deserve any kind of consideration or respect. But that aside, it’s ultimately a work of fiction and to be upset or offended over a work of fiction is absolutely ridiculous.

There are plenty of real things in this to world to be outraged over, so to get up on a soapbox over something like The Interview further illustrates why this politically correct horseshit is ruining the character of our country, and will eventually lead to a United States where you can be arrested for something you said. There’s already instances of this happening, but these over sensitive nitwits that seem to scream louder than the rest of us are setting a disturbing precedent that will be the end of free speech and free expression in this country.

By comparison to 90% of movies these days, the murder of Kim Jong-un was incredibly tame and there was a point in the film where they even made him somewhat likable, even to the point of empathy. After seeing the film, I’m more bothered by the self-righteous peacenik outrage over this movie. It’s completely misguided and irrational, but that’s what the whole Political Correctness movement is. It’s irrational and misguided, and will ultimately do more harm to society than good.

Maybe people should do a better job of educating our young on the differences between fiction and non-fiction rather than over emphasizing these dumb unwritten social rules that are meant to ensure no one has their feelings hurt ever. By enabling a society of people who believe their feelings should never be hurt, you in turn create a population of thin-skinned dimwits, who are more likely to over react when someone makes them feel bad. You know who doesn’t kill a dozen strangers because someone rejected them? A person with a thick skin whose self-worth isn’t dependent on the opinions of others.

After all, we seem to be a culture that has forgotten the value of context. People shouldn’t merely be demonized for what they say or what movie they make. Instead, outrage should be dependent upon the context of those words. If they come from a place of hate that’s one thing. If they come from a place of humor or satire then that is how they should be judged. Context is king. Everything else is irrelevant. Hateful or destructive contexts are the only thing we should be outraged by. Not all this insignificant shit that keeps tripping us up.

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