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Barack Obama Slams Sony: Not Releasing ‘The Interview’ Was A ‘Mistake’

Fri, December 19, 2014 2:24pm EDT by Lauren Cox 3 Comments
Barack Obama Sony Mistake

The president has weighed in on Sony’s decision not to release ‘The Interview’ after 9/11-inspired threats were made on moviegoers, and Barack Obama is NOT happy about it.

President Barack Obama, 53, has finally broken his silence on The Interview being pulled from movie theaters following terrifying cyberthreats made by North Korea. Unsurprisingly, he believes their decision was a “mistake” and hopes this doesn’t start a pattern of censorship made via terrorism.

Barack Obama Thinks Sony Made A ‘Mistake’

Wow. The president has just made a powerful statement about The Interview being pulled from movie theaters.

“I am sympathetic to the concerns [Sony] face,” President Obama. “Having said all that, I think they made a mistake.”

“We cannot have a society in which some dictator some place can start imposing censorship here in the US, because if someone is able to intimidate folks out of releasing a satirical movie, imagine how they feel about a documentary they don’t like or news reports they don’t like? Or, even worse, imagine if producers and distributors and others start engaging in self censorship because they don’t want to offend the sensibilities that need to be offended.”

“That’s not who we are, that’s not what America is about.”

When asked how the United States will retaliate against North Korea, Obama declared that “we will retaliate.”

However, he did not clarify his statement further.

Sony Pulled ‘The Interview’ After Terrorist Threats

As you should already know, Sony decided to pull The Interview from theaters and cancel it’s pending release after a cyberterrorist group called Guardians of Peace, the same group allegedly behind the massive Sony hack, claimed it would unleash a 9/11 inspired attack on moviegoers who went to see the film in theaters.

Shortly after the threat went viral on the internet, multiple movie theater chains — including AMC, Regal, and others — decided not to show the film in order to ensure the safety of their theatergoers.

Tell us, HollywoodLifers — Do YOU agree with the president about The Interview being pulled from theaters? Comment below with your thoughts on this topic.

— Lauren Cox