With Sony’s motion picture The Interview sparking discussion of free speech this past December, it seems almost obligatory for The Saturnalian to cover the film. However, with nearly two months elapsed since the release, the film has yet to be covered — until now.
Sunday’s Super Bowl half time performance featuring recording artist Katy Perry ended climatically with “Firework,” the same song that played during The Interview‘s controversial scene depicting the death of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Those unwilling to set aside two hours to watch the movie, should at least spend one minute to watch the clip embedded below of the scene that angered a nation.
The Saturnalian stands for improved American relations with the Democratic People’s Republic of North Korea, particularly through sporting exchanges. In addition, we empathize with the angry reaction to the Dear Leader’s death scene. But, as with the cartoons that angered Muslims, free speech must be preserved at all costs. That rings true especially for when an audience does not receive what it wants.
Like The Interview, Katy Perry’s Super Bowl half time appearance left something to be desired. While we all wanted a wardrobe malfunction, the artist put out the message she desired — entertainment nonetheless: