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Editorial Hollywood has long played a prominent role in embedding racial stereotypes in the minds of Americans. Most recently, its favorite target has been North Korea. This past December, Sony Pictures released “The Interview,” a raunchy comedy that satirizes Kim Jong Un, the current leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea ( dprk ). One journalist has reported that the film portrays Kim “as a short, fat, insecure blowhard who loves margaritas and Katy Perry’s pop tunes, but also as a megalomaniacal dictator who poses a real threat to his people and the rest of the world.” 1 Team America presented in 2004 a similarly demeaning characterization of his father Kim Jong Il singing mournfully about being “ so ronery ” before depicting him as an alien cockroach. Hollywood has not confined its stereotyping to just the leaders of the dprk . In the 2013 film Olympus Has Fallen , North Korean terrorists seize the White House after an aerial and ground assault with the objective of detonating u.s. nuclear weapons in their silos, creating an irradiated wasteland. A year earlier, the Red Dawn remake changed from Chinese to North Korean the invaders who occupy the United States. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of American-East Asian Relations Brill

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Publisher
Brill
Copyright
© 2015 by Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
Subject
Editorial
ISSN
1058-3947
eISSN
1876-5610
DOI
10.1163/18765610-02201001
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Abstract

Hollywood has long played a prominent role in embedding racial stereotypes in the minds of Americans. Most recently, its favorite target has been North Korea. This past December, Sony Pictures released “The Interview,” a raunchy comedy that satirizes Kim Jong Un, the current leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea ( dprk ). One journalist has reported that the film portrays Kim “as a short, fat, insecure blowhard who loves margaritas and Katy Perry’s pop tunes, but also as a megalomaniacal dictator who poses a real threat to his people and the rest of the world.” 1 Team America presented in 2004 a similarly demeaning characterization of his father Kim Jong Il singing mournfully about being “ so ronery ” before depicting him as an alien cockroach. Hollywood has not confined its stereotyping to just the leaders of the dprk . In the 2013 film Olympus Has Fallen , North Korean terrorists seize the White House after an aerial and ground assault with the objective of detonating u.s. nuclear weapons in their silos, creating an irradiated wasteland. A year earlier, the Red Dawn remake changed from Chinese to North Korean the invaders who occupy the United States.

Journal

Journal of American-East Asian RelationsBrill

Published: Apr 10, 2015

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