Ridiculing North Korea Misses Point
American pop culture has long made Kim Jong-un’s Hermit Kingdom a preferred target for ridicule. Team America: World Police, in 2004, and countless memes since, including the now-canceled Seth Rogen flick, The Interview, have taken shots at the reclusive Cold War relic. Joking may seem harmless, but the regime’s human rights abuses and crimes — including mass starvation, arcane punishments and recent cyberattacks — are no laughing matter. North Korea is a serious threat, and that’s no joke.