With Seth Rogen’s politically charged comedy, The Interview, creating more buzz than an army of George Bush Jr. clones, vacation travel by to North Korea has dropped by almost 90%. Not that it was every very high, but it dropped from twenty per year to probably about two.
The decline in travel began when North Korea first heard about The Interview, starring Seth Rogen and James Franco, about 3 months after the film launched trailers and press releases. The film follows the exploits of two journalists who score an interview with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, and are called upon by the United States government to assassinate the political leader. It may not seem too funny in theory, but the glimpse of Kim’s bare ass (played by Randall Park’s bare ass) promises an education in political ridiculous.
Not surprisingly, officials in North Korea aren’t too keen on the joke, calling the movie “a most wanton act of terror and act of war, and is absolutely intolerable” due to the feature theme of the movie: the assassination of Kim Jong-un. Officials also stated that the release of the film would result in a “resolute and merciless response,” most likely the destruction of Kim’s collection of Seth Rogen and James Franco films.
Due to heightened tensions, former basketball star and alleged friend of the supreme dictator of North Korea, Dennis Rodman, has cancelled all future plans to visit North Korea. Rodman had previously visited the isolated country as a sort of celebrity ambassador. With the pending release of The Interview, future visits could be considered risky. “Rodman already became suspect of being from outer space after the movie Men in Black hinted at it. Who knows what North Korea would do to him now,” stated unofficial celebrity analyst Harvey Bollocks.
In other news, North Korea is still proud of the pending launch of the video game “Glorious Leader!” featuring Kim Jong-un as a 16-bit side-scrolling, unicorn-riding, harbinger of destruction, proving that irony is lost on the country.