Monday, June 5, 2017

The Final Solution: Is Kim Jong-un the Ultimate Bouncer?

Know those gigantic bouncers who stand in front of the velvet ropes outside bars and clubs? Have you ever wondered what you would do if one of those galoots were coming after you? You might feel like one of the Lilliputians in Gulliver’s Travels. If you remember the Disney cartoon, they succeeded in binding him up while he was soundly asleep. The fact is that there is always going to be someone bigger and stronger or even if they’re not stronger someone who threatens because they have more bravado, like the seemingly implacable Kim Jong-un. Lately president Trump has said some nice things about the North Korean tyrant, calling him a “smart cookie” for being able to hang on to power at such a young age, handling the generals and his uncle Jang Song-thaek (who he purged). Kim Jong-un is not one of those terrifying looking bouncers with the thick necks. He doesn’t look like Dwayne Johnson and yet he’s able to keep the world at bay. Can we conclude that the North Korean despot didn't appreciate the satire of his regime in Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg's The Interview (which included a scene where his head was blown off)? Why else produce the kind of cyber threats that would cause the film to be pulled by major theater chains? Not bad, huh? Perhaps even though Kim is a rolly-polly little fellow, with a weird haircut and prominent front porch, he might easily find employment as a bouncer in some tony nightclub in London, NY or Paris, if he ever loses his current position.

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