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Watching “The Interview” with a North Korean Defector — Awkward!

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Cormac
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[strong]On watching [em]The Interview[/em]…[/strong]
Just read this brilliant account of how Lucy Edwards watched The Interview with North Korean defector Joo-il Kim:
[url=http://www.dazeddigital.com/artsandculture/article/23066/1/i-watched-the-interview-with-a-north-korean-defector][strong]I watched The Interview with a North Korean defector[/strong][/url]
The piece is fascinating, but it sounds like the longest and most awkward 112 minutes of her life!
[quote-0]Joo-il, Seonju and I proceed to sit through all 112 minutes of The Interview in awkward silence. As the only Westerner in the room, I am painfully aware of the lazy Asian jokes, stereotypes and cardboard North Korean characters. Constant crude sex jokes, combined with the high-ranking female Korean official’s inexplicable horniness for Seth Rogen made for a distinct "watching Masters of Sex with your grandparents" vibe.[/quote-0]

[strong]Joo-il Kim[/strong]
Joo-il is a really interesting character too!
[url=http://www.gapyear.com/members/will]Will[/url] met up with him for a interview last year, in which he discussed Korean politics, his own escape from the regime, his integration into the UK, and the [url=http://ifreenk.com/?mid=englishhome rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank”]Free NK[/url] newspaper he established.
Well worth a read as well:
[url=http://www.gapyear.com/features/216157/from-north-korean-army-captain-to-human-rights-campaigner][strong]From North Korean Army Captain to Human Rights Campaigner[/strong][/url]


Damien Brickwood
Participant

This literally sounds like the most awkward experience ever!


IamReeRee
Participant

Oh my god that must have been so, so awkward. I thought that film was really funny – more than I thought it would be, but yeah, would HATE to watch it with someone from North Korea. Oh my god, must’ve been so awkward. I would’ve had to leave. It’s definitely ridiculous and racist. Going to have to read that article now…

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