The shock waves still haven’t settled from the cyber attack on Sony Pictures. “The Interview”, the satirical film starring Seth Rogen and James Franco about the assassination of North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un was scheduled for a Christmas Day release. However Sony Pictures, led by the sudden cancellation by movie theatre chains, pulled the film from release. The studio hasn’t made a decision on whether it will be released at all.
The FBI determined the cyber attack was conducted by North Korea in retaliation of the film’s release. “The cyberattack against Sony Pictures Entertainment was not just an attack against a company and its employees,” Jeh C. Johnson, the secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, said in a statement. “It was also an attack on our freedom of expression and way of life.”
Despite the threat by hackers to conduct a 9/11-style attack, the likelihood of that actually happening wasn’t credible, according to Department of Homeland Security reports. “…we’re talking about an actual country deciding what content we’re going to have,” Oscar-winning actor, George Clooney told the website, Deadline.
“This affects not just movies, this affects every part of business that we have. That’s the truth. What happens if a newsroom decides to go with a story, and a country or an individual or corporation decides they don’t like it. Forget the hacking part of it,” Clooney says.
He started a petition in response to the cyber attack, and is calling not just on Hollywood executives and actors to sign and promote it, but the wider media and press, too. No one would sign the petition, even though Clooney would not name individuals solicited in the movie industry.
In my humble opinion, Sony Pictures essentially was more concerned about the complete destruction of their database. Theatre chains are at the mercy of the film studios, so they folded like a beach chair. Who knows what information is on their databases. Freedom of expression should be more important. But of course, corporations are people, my friend. And Sony, Paramount, and all the theatre chains are nothing put pussies!
The sudden cancellation of the film, “The Interview” sends a chilling message to those who want to use terror to conveyed their message across. We can’t let a scrawny little brat with an ego problem dictate free speech. It is unthinkable that I would be agreeing with conservatives like Mitt Romney and Donald Trump on this issue, but its true. The film should be released immediately and any attack by North Korea should be met with complete and unapologetic force.