By staring North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un meeting his death through a variety of grisly and grotesque ways, the UK’s political parties are aiming to elevate their party election broadcasts to capitalise on the success of Seth Rogan’s recent assassin comedy, ‘The Interview’. Spin doctors on all sides have identified that what works with British voters is not policy debate, or moral reasoning, but crude and amateurish killings of a homicidal dictator, whose horror is so ridiculous his campaign of domestic terror often goes forgotten.
Richard Reen from Cardiff told us, ‘This is definitely what will get my attention as a voter. Politics has long gone past sensible discussion and into image and rhetoric, this just seems like a sensible next step’.
All 17 main political parties have filmed, or are filming, 5 minute long broadcasts within which Kim is alternately crucified, iron-maidened or tied to a rocket and sent in to the core of the sun (aka. being itchy and scratchy-d). The parties are hoping to generate attention, momentum, and possibly even £40m in box office receipts, thereby breaking free of the normal broadcast technique of a sombre politician speaking to a guy in a builders hat from the Midlands.
Past party election broadcasts of this sort have been less popular; often receiving less than 200 views on youtube, proving that no one, anywhere in the world, gave a shit.
Despite the momentum behind ‘The Interview Effect’, there have been private concerns that the public may simply see the nauseating adverts as a respectful homage to the Hermit Kingdom.
Possible Related Purchase: The Interview [DVD]
Image Credit: The Interview (2014), Columbia Pictures