Update: Dec. 18, 2014, 2:34 p.m.
According to the Alamo Drafthouse's twitter account, the theater will no longer be airing Team America: World Police.
After Sony announced on Wednesday that it was canceling the release of Seth Rogen and James Franco's North Korea satire flick The Interview after threats from hackers of 9/11-style attacks on theaters, Texas movie theater Alamo Drafthouse had the only logical response: Show Team America: World Police instead.
The Dallas/Forth Worth theater of the national franchise will host a 'quote-along' for the epic puppet-driven 2004 Paramount satire on Dec. 27. The plot of Team America, co-written by South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, revolves around Kim Jong-il, the father of current North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, and the quest of a ragtag group of secret agents to prevent North Korea from stamping out the freedoms we hold so dear.
Given that the Sony hack which led to The Interview's cancellation was reportedly ordered by North Korea, Team America's caricature of the hermit kingdom is the perfect substitute for frustrated moviegoers. It's also the 10th anniversary of the film's release.
"We're just trying to make the best of an unfortunate situation," James Wallace, the creative manager and programmer at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema's Dallas-Fort Worth location, told the Hollywood Reporter. The theater says that American flags and other patriotic items will be given out by theater employees, and audience members are encouraged to sing and shout along with the ridiculous puppet-fest.
"We'll have subtitles for all the songs and all of our favorite quotes, so you'll have plenty of opportunities to scream out 'AMERICA! FUCK YEAH!' at the top of your lungs," said the theater in an announcement. "And yeah, we will have American flags, red, white and blue streamers, balloons and more for everyone. And THAT is how true American heroes will be celebrating this year, but if you want to let the terrorists win... well, that's your prerogative."
If you feel like this is a gross exploitation of consumer-driven patriotism or reinforces American xenophobia, don't: Team America is even more appropriately timed as a ludicrous indictment of America's post-9/11 foreign policy — something that may resonate even more with audiences in the wake of the Senate's examination of the CIA's torture regime.
So say it all together now: America: Fuck yeah!