Right now the media is having a fiesta over one scene in Matthew Vaughn’s latest action flick, Kingsman: The Secret Service, depicting a fictionalized assassination of a character resembling president Barack Obama. Sure, this may be in poor taste, and yes, the studio behind the film is backed by ultra-conservative Rupert Murdoch, but should that even matter? Did Americans really forget that just a couple months ago we were publicly protesting Sony’s decision to pull The Interview (a remarkably unfunny Seth Rogen movie about two bumbling idiots attempting to assassinate North Korean despot Kim Jong Un) from its theatrical release? Even Obama criticized the cancellation, calling Sony’s actions, “a mistake.”
American outrage over Kingsman is ludicrous, revealing how biased we are as a nation to support art that justifies one aspect of our political thinking but not the other. I’m sorry, but you don’t get to selectively choose which parts of free speech you support and which parts you don’t. You don’t get to champion a movie about the assassination of a world dictator, or even George Bush for that matter (regarding 2006’s British docudrama Death of a President), and then bitch when the film industry does the same thing to a politician you support.
Free speech is non-negotiable and doesn’t go both ways so stop being hypocritical. That being said, Kingsman looks like garbage and I have no intention of watching this movie.