It was a relief to hear President Obama come out swinging against North Korean-supported hackers, and in support of freedom of expression.
President Obama Is Right: We Can’t Let Terrorists Win
When this pair conceived and starred in The Interview, a comedy about two nerdy journalists who get conned into trying to assassinate Korea’s supreme leader, Kim Jong-un, they never in a million years thought that the North Korean dictator would pay a lot of attention to their satirical film.
So wrong. But what began as an embarrassing hacking of Sony Corporation’s private emails, plus personal information about employees, became frighteningly sinister once the hackers began threatening violence.
“We will clearly show it to you at the very time and places ‘The Interview’ be shown, including the premiere, how bitter fate those who seek fun in terror should be doomed to,” read a message from the hackers who called themselves “Guardians of Peace.”
“Remember the 11th of September 2001.”
The Guardians of Peace even warned Americans “to keep yourself distant from the places (theaters) at that time.”
The result — theaters quickly scurried to cancel all showings of The Interview and Sony soon confirmed that the film would not be released in theaters.
In other words — Kim Jong-un won!
He didn’t just triumph against Seth, James and Sony. He was victorious in suppressing freedom of speech in America.
Just think about that. The dictator of a small, impoverished country (that does happen to have nuclear weapons, but which is halfway around the world) just succeeded in both terrorizing Sony Corporation and it’s employees, and then terrorizing all Americans.
All because of a comedy film.
George Clooney got it and pointed out the scary ridiculousness of the situation.
“I’m not going to be told we can’t see the movie. That’s the most important part. We cannot be told we can’t see something by Kim Jong-un, of all f**king people… we have allowed North Korea to dictate content, and that is just insane.”
That’s why it was a giant relief to hear President Obama clearly make the point that this situation isn’t just about a comedy film being pulled out of theaters.
It’s about a true terrorist attack on the very bedrock of the nation’s principle of freedom of speech.
President Obama Says Sony ‘Made A Mistake’
President Obama told reporters in a press conference today, Dec. 19, that Sony “made a mistake” in pulling The Interview from theatrical release.
“We cannot have a society where some dictator someplace can start imposing censorship here in the United States, because if somebody is able to intimidate folks out of releasing a satirical movie, imagine what they’ll do when they see a documentary that they don’t like, or news reports that they don’t like,” he asserted.
Right on, Mr. President.
Now we all understand that Sony and the nation’s movie theaters were understandably terrified that if there was a terrorist attack during a showing of The Interview, it would be a human and legal disaster.
No one would want one person to be killed or injured in an attack executed by North Korea.
But surely Sony, the theaters, the FBI and the Pentagon should all have been in discussion about this, before any decision was made to cave in to Kim Jong-un.
An actual terrorist attack committed on American soil by any foreign country is an act of war. The threat needed to be assessed fully and President Obama needed to be involved.
He is now, and he pledged to “respond” to the hacking and threat of violence.
My guess is that he is taking this VERY SERIOUSLY and that there will be a serious enough response that it will deter North Korea and any other potential terrorists from attempting a similar attack.
What do you think, HollywoodLifers? Should The Interview have been pulled from theaters? Let me know.
— Bonnie Fuller
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