Hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler wasted no time fitting jabs at both North Korea and "The Interview" into their routine at the Golden Globe Awards Sunday night, announcing the night would honor "all of the movies that North Korea was OK with."
Poehler pointed out that the country's demand that the film not be shown ended up "forcing us to pretend we wanted to see it," while Fey added that North Korea's reaction to "The Interview" (the country said it considered it an act of war) was "not the worst review the film got."
Fey and Poehler kept the joke rolling, later introducing a stern-looking Margaret Cho dressed in military regalia. The duo quipped that Cho was the newest member of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the group that awards the Globes.
Cho went on to force Meryl Streep into taking a photo with her while clutching a copy of a magazine with North Korea leader Kim Jong Un on the cover. If Streep declined to pose, she was warned, a lot of "embarrassing emails" could get out.
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Cho, who has experience playing former North Korean leader Kim Jong-il on "30 Rock," reappeared later in the show to criticize the ceremony before marching off stage in high-step.
Among her complaints were the "Orange is the New Black" not being in the drama category, Kristen Wiig's reluctance to make a "Bridesmaids" sequel, and, of course, the absence of Dennis Rodman.
Real Hollywood Foreign Press Association President Theo Kingma followed up on a more serious note, stating that freedom of artistic expression is "not only an integral part of the American fabric, but a beacon that is reflected across the globe."
"Together we will stand united against anyone who would repress free speech, anywhere, from North Korea to Paris," he added, prompting a standing ovation.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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