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Would you correct this ‘Interview’ movie poem in print?

Thursday’s Preview cover
Thursday’s Preview cover

Today (Tuesday, Dec. 23), news has broken that Sony’s movie “The Interview,” starring James Franco and Seth Rogen, will in fact be shown in some movie theaters, after its debut had initially been canceled because of threats from hackers.

By Thursday, that will be old, old news. But this being a holiday week, editors in the Features department had a bit of a dilemma.

To get ready for Christmas, The Star works on a modified printing schedule that puts sections that aren’t time critical on the presses much earlier than usual. This week’s Thursday Preview section was printed this morning.

The problem is that its cover features a poem about the week’s movies in a play on “Jingle Bells.” Part of it reads:

Oh! Kim Jong Un,

That buffoon,

He swiped The Interview

But now, of course, the movie will be playing in limited release. So should The Star run a note on Page A2 letting readers know the Preview section was printed before the news about theaters exhibiting the movie broke?

In this case, I think that would be a bit of overkill, and I can’t imagine anyone actually being confused by it. Also, “swiped” is an awfully, well, artistic word choice without a concrete meaning here. Assuming North Korea was behind the hack (and the jury is still out on that one), you could argue taking it out of the major cinema chains could amount to “swiping” it.

What do you think: Should there be a note on Page A2 Thursday morning?

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