North Korea blames President Obama for release of controversial film The Interview

The comedy was initially pulled from release after hackers issued a terror threat against cinemas planning to show the film

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by Gwendolyn Smith |
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North Korea has blamed ”reckless” President Obama for the release of the movie The Interview.

The Seth Rogen and James Franco comedy made headlines after Sony hackers issued terror threats against cinemas planning to show the film.

But it was announced this week that the film would be released online and in any cinemas willing to screen it.

North Korea has taken umbrage with the production because the plot shows a fictional assasination attempt against North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

But Obama publicly criticised Sony for its decision to cancel the film, and has subsequently applauded its release.

Still, North Korea issued a statement branding Obama the ”chief culprit who forced the Sony Pictures Entertainment to indiscriminately distribute the movie."

It added: "Obama always goes reckless in words and deeds like a monkey in a tropical forest,” a phrase which many have seen to be a racial slur against the president.

The statement once again denied the country’s involvement in the Sony hacks, and accused America of shutting down North Korea’s internet access.

But no doubt much to North Korea’s dismay, the film managed to make $1 million at the box office on Christmas day alone.

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