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 of American-East Asian Relations – Brill
Published: Apr 10, 2015