Why Hollywood's retreat on The Interview should make you angry (video-photo)
You should be furious about Hollywood's gutless retreat on The Interview
The cowardice that led Sony to pull the North Korea-set comedy has terrible implications for the future of American movies
By Scott Meslow
A multi-billion-dollar Hollywood studio was brought to its knees by nine disjointed sentences from an anonymous hacker.
"Warning," the threat began. "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. Soon all the world will see what an awful movie Sony Pictures Entertainment has made. The world will be full of fear. Remember the 11th of September 2001. We recommend you to keep yourself distant from the places at that time. (If your house is nearby, you'd better leave.) Whatever comes in the coming days is called by the greed of Sony Pictures Entertainment. All the world will denounce the SONY."
The victory was total. On Wednesday, Sony pulled the $44 million The Interview from movie theaters, with no further plans to release it.
It should go without saying that the threat — which marked the culmination of a weeks-long campaign against the North Korea-set comedy — is ridiculous. The Interview was slated for release in thousands of theaters on Christmas Eve. Are we supposed to believe that North Korean sleeper agents are lying in wait, ready to attack movie theaters across the nation on December 25? And how many terrorists have previewed their assaults on the public by specifically warning their targets eight days in advance?
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