Assassinating a national ruler is not comedy…except in postmodern America.
Based on an attempt to kill the North Korean head of state, The Interview is scheduled to open in October. It has this so-called hilarious premise: “Desperate to legitimize their careers, celebrity journalists land an interview with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, which prompts the CIA to recruit the very unqualified pair as assassins” (IMDB.com synopsis).
Try the shoe on the other foot. What would Americans say if a Russian director made a movie about assassinating President Barack Obama? “Unforgivable!” “Outrageous!” “Wrong!” “Shameful!”
Because storytellers shape our future, they need a compass. If America cannot recover her compass, expect increasingly dark stories and a similar future.