North Korea Sympathizers Storm Times Square Movie Theater

November 28th, 2012

The 2012 reboot of 1984 cult classic Red Dawn has provoked a group of five North Korea sympathizers to “storm” a movie theater in New York’s Time Square to protest what they feel is an illegitimate characterization of the DPRK.

The film, which presents North Korea invading the U.S. with Russian assistance, has drawn criticism from some for the unlikely circumstances surrounding a full DPRK ground invasion of U.S. territory.

Organized by the Workers World Party, a “revolutionary Marxist-Leninist” outfit that has participated widely in “Occupy Wallstreet” protests, the picket assembled outside the movie theater in Times Square to deliver a series of speeches berating the film and more broadly, U.S capitalism and Wall Street traders.

The demonstration was led by Caleb Maupin of the World Workers Party and an unnamed U.S. Korea Friendship Association (KFA) representative. Dressed in a Mao-style shirt, the KFA member explained to passing New Yorkers that in contrast to their lifestyle, North Koreans live in harmony and have nothing to worry about when walking the streets at night.

U.S. Korea Friendship Association Representative joins protest

In his speech Montclair State University student Justin Wooten shouted to passers-by that,  ”This movie is crap – its nonsense, COMPLETE NONSENSE”. Citing British TV documentary “Korea: The Unknown War”, he also explained that U.S. citizens are brainwashed about the history of the Korean war:

“They had to censor this film because they didn’t think an American audience could handle the truth…. Google it!”

During another soapbox moment, railroad worker Stephene Millies berated the film makers and demanded jobs, “not hate movies.”

After the multiple speeches were finished, the group joined forces to storm the theater to express their anger at the movie.

Storming the theater

Upon entering the lobby, the group followed leader Caleb Maupin line-by line and shouted:

Red dawn is a lying war poropagnada film!
Korea wants peace! Korea wants peace with with U.S!
The U.S. is occupying South Korea!
This film is designed to whip us into war!
Our enemy is on wall street, is in Washington DC – it is not in North Korea!
Peace with Korea! Peace with Korea!

Watch the protest here:

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About the Author

Chad O'Carroll

Chad O'Carroll has written on North Korea since 2010 and writes between London and Seoul.

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  • JM

    Nice try, ‘Red Dawn’ viral marketing team.

  • zap

    can you imagine sitting down in a dark theatre to watch a film about North Korea invading and then suddenly a bunch of people wearing Mao-style shirt and waving North korean flags pile in , it would be hilarious

  • Veaney_Arteaga

    Let’s be honest, the DPRK has no intention to invade the US.
    This is a slopy and bad way to do a film. It’s better to do a movie about the Life of a rock, any rock, maybe the one from my backyard.

    • bill

      obviously…originally china was supposed to be the invading force but the film makers bent to political pressure

      • Confucius Confucius

        No, it was economic pressure because they hope to release the film in China some day. Nothing political at all. However I am confident that a film depicting the Chinese successfully invading America would be the greatest box office bonanza in China theater history. The producers of “Red Dawn” were simply too stupid to understand that.

  • Bradley Greenwood

    A holiday favorite… “assorted nuts”.

  • Chris

    This is absolutely hilarious! Did you actually know it was going to happen, or just stumble upon it? The only sensible thing that was said was, “This movie is crap.”

    • Tad

      Just came across it on youtube while looking for some other materials. I recognized one of the sympathizers from an occupy Wall Street video from earlier in the year!

  • Gerard Perry

    “Storm” is being charitable.

    Red Dawn Protest”

  • Rick

    You should see the messages on Twitter in response to this movie. People hating Asians, and calling for Japan to be invaded.

  • Barba Rossa


    All I can say is: Spoiled brats! Ditch your logo jacket, college degree, and duct-tape your mouth, then maybe I’ll have some sympathy, but probably not.
    Would you like to know what would happen if you pulled this sort of stunt in Pyongyang? FIRING SQUAD!!! And they wouldn’t even bother giving you an attorney first. Just roll into the square, and let loose with the AKs and T-72s
    Ok, my rage/laughter fit is now over.