North Korea calls for ban on 'Team America' in Czech Republic
07 Feb 2005
PRAGUE - The North Korean embassy in Prague is calling for a ban on Team America: World Police in the Czech Republic.
"It harms the image of our country," a daily newspaper, Lidove Noviny, quoted an official at the embassy saying about the movie that stars a team of
The comedy, which was released in October in North America, was made by Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the duo behind television's South Park.
Done in the style of the Thunderbirds marionette series, the movie features an elite, albeit careless, U.S. counter-terrorism squad that destroys
several world landmarks.
The main villain in Team America is North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il, who is shown in the movie shooting his translator in the head and feeding
former United Nations weapons inspector Hans Blix to a tank of sharks.
Aided by vacuous Hollywood stars, Jong-il plans to carry out an attack with weapons of mass destruction that will result in damage that is "9/11
"Such behavior is not part of our country's political culture," the North Korean diplomat added. "Therefore, we want the film to be banned."
However, the Czech Foreign Ministry said people would continue to be allowed to see the film, which had its Czech premiere on Feb. 3.
"We told them it's an unrealistic wish," ministry spokesman Vit Kolar said. "Obviously, it's absurd to demand that in a democratic country."
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I admit I saw the movie. It wasn't the usual kind of movie that
I watch, but I went (and I kinda' liked it
) It looks like N. Korea
doesn't understand democracy very well, does it? You can't just
ban a film because it isn't part of the country's 'political culture'.
(actually, they must have wanted it banned because it really
makes fun of their beloved leader ... it was a hoot).
Anyways, this isn't MAJOR importance, but I thought it was
interesting and that some folks would like to read about it and
perhaps discuss N. Korea wanting to dictate because they
are embarrassed by the truth being told by puppets, and the
Czechs telling the N. Koreans that their request was 'absurd'.