Major movie outlets across the nation pulled out of showing The Interview at their venues following threats of terroristic violence from those involved with the #SonyHack. The film was to depict the assassination of North Korean supreme leader Kim Jong-Un and as a result of the threats that were made; Sony has announced that it would shelve the film.
Here are the details…
After movie outlets like AMC and Regal decided not to show the controversial film The Interview, Sony realized it may be best to pull the movie’s release all together. According to ABC News, “Sony Corp. hackers [had] warned of an impending attack on theaters that showed the film” and actually referenced the 9/11 World Trade Center attack of 2001. The news medium also reports that although the Department of Homeland Security says “the threat is not backed up by any ‘credible intelligence,’” there are sources that have advised the “Sony hack and matters tied to it are being investigated not just as criminal cyber matter but as a national security matter by the nation’s law enforcement and intelligence agencies.”
Here is a portion of Sony’s official statement as released Wednesday:
In light of the decision by the majority of our exhibitors not to show the film ‘The Interview,’ we have decided not to move forward with the planned December 25 theatrical release. We respect and understand our partners’ decision and, of course, completely share their paramount interest in the safety of employees and theatre-goers.
Numerous celebrities and public figures have spoken out on social media about the move by Sony to table The Interview. Here are a few tweets from some of them:
We do not negotiate with terrorists. We just do exactly what they say.
— Damon Wayans Yunior? (@wayansjr) December 18, 2014
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
What do you think about Sony’s decision? Do you think they simply gave in or should they have allowed the film to be released? Sound off in the comments!