According to The Daily Beast, as well as a handful of Twitter accounts run by movie theaters, Paramount Pictures has apparently informed theaters that they’re not authorized to air Team America: World Police. The film, which was the brainchild of South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, makes gratuitous fun of North Korea and its previous leader, Kim Jong-il.
The Paramount decision comes on the heels of Sony’s decision to halt release and distribution of its own film, The Interview, a comedy that depicts that assassination of current North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Anonymous sources, believed to be from North Korea, threatened 9/11-style attacks on any theaters that chose to show The Interview, which stars actors Seth Rogen and James Franco.
The only logical conclusion that can be drawn from the willingness of studio heads to so quickly bow to the threats of a third-world tinpot dictator is that the dictator himself must be very fierce and intimidating. It can only be the case that American resolve is no match for Kim Jong-un. Otherwise, why would any sane person want to set the precedent that anonymous, non-credible threats of violence are enough to squelch freedom of expression in the United States? It must be that Kim Jong-un himself is the most fearsome leader in all the world, so terrifying that the mere sound of his voice can cause empires to tremble and cower.
Here are 12 pictures of Kim Jong-un at his most intimidating.