What may seem like a simple case of a film being pulled is being called a major defeat by others, including former House Speaker Newt Gingrich who declared “America lost it’s first cyberwar.”
On Wednesday, Sony Pictures announced it would not release “The Interview,” a movie about the assassination of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, because of a hack attack against the company widely blamed on the Stalinist state.
The day marked a defeat for the United States, Gingrich tweeted.
No one should kid themselves. With the Sony collapse America has lost its first cyberwar. This is a very very dangerous precedent.
— Newt Gingrich (@newtgingrich) December 17, 2014
Many celebrities added their thoughts, with late night comedian Jimmy Kimmel calling it an “act of cowardice” and actor Rob Lowe declaring it an “utter and complete victory for the hackers.”
I think it is disgraceful that these theaters are not showing The Interview. Will they pull any movie that gets an anonymous threat now?
— Judd Apatow (@JuddApatow) December 17, 2014
. @JuddApatow I agree wholeheartedly. An un-American act of cowardice that validates terrorist actions and sets a terrifying precedent.
— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) December 17, 2014
Sad day for creative expression. #feareatsthesoul
— Steve Carell (@SteveCarell) December 17, 2014
Wow. Everyone caved. The hackers won. An utter and complete victory for them. Wow.
— Rob Lowe (@RobLowe) December 17, 2014
Canceling “The Interview” seems like a pretty horrible precedent to set.
— Zach Braff (@zachbraff) December 17, 2014
Saw @Sethrogen at JFK. Both of us have never seen or heard of anything like this. Hollywood has done Neville Chamberlain proud today.
— Rob Lowe (@RobLowe) December 17, 2014
Sony’s decision to pull THE INTERVIEW is unsettling in so many ways. Good thing they didn’t publish THE SATANIC VERSES.
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) December 18, 2014
Canceling “The Interview” is quite a game changer in so many ways isn’t it?
— lisa rinna (@lisarinna) December 17, 2014
Even Mia Farrow and Michael Moore managed to say something that made sense.
Damn. Bad guys won RT @nytimes: Breaking News: Sony Pictures Cancels Holiday Release of ‘The Interview’ After Threats http://t.co/lxdhYQpUzY
— mia farrow (@MiaFarrow) December 17, 2014
Dear Sony Hackers: now that u run Hollywood, I’d also like less romantic comedies, fewer Michael Bay movies and no more Transformers.
— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) December 17, 2014
Perhaps Hollywood should reexamine who it push for in elections. When you elect weak leaders the country takes on the attitude of those people.
Does anyone believe if Reagan were president this film would have been canceled? (Actually, the way Hollywood rolls these days, if Reagan were president, the movie probably would have been about assassinating him.)
It’s a sad day for America when a major movie studio delivers a crippling blow to free speech.
But what do you expect when you have a president who hasn’t met a dictator he wouldn’t cave to?
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