Activists are dropping 10k copies of ‘The Interview’ in North Korea

A group of South Korean activists are using balloons to drop 10,000 copies of the “The Interview” in North Korea this month, marking the 5 year anniversary of the sinking of a South Korean warship in 2010. South Korea has blamed the North for the incident, which caused the deaths of 46 sailors.

Initially, a similar launch of 100,000 copies of the movie was planned earlier this year but was postponed until after the Lunar New Year. In its place, the group sent 100,000 anti-Pyongyang leaflets. North Korea is none too thrilled about the stunt, which they vowed activist Park Sang-Hak, the man in charge, would pay for with his blood if any copies of the “highly-offensive” film cross the border.

Park and his organization, Fighters for a Free North Korea, have launched an estimated 2 million balloons containing human rights and pro-democracy literature, DVDs, and flash drives into the North. Supporters hail the campaign as one of the most effective methods for change in the locked-down North, while critics claim it’s only making tensions between the two countries worse.

Two things; Park is known to North Korea as “Enemy Zero”, which only makes him sound more badass. Second, if Kim Jong-un thinks The Interview is offensive, he clearly hasn’t looked in the mirror at his haircut lately. All joking aside, neither of these things are as offensive, or jarring, as the footage in the PBS documentary “Secret State of North Korea ,” which not only showed the behind-the-scenes of these balloon campaigns, but also undercover footage of life inside North Korea. Seriously, they’re lucky the worst thing that’s being dropped on Pyongang are copies of The Interview. Imagine the hell that would break loose if 10,000 of “The Guilt Trip” got launched.

[NY Mag]