Ladies and gentleman, our freedom of speech has just been put in a strangle hold by a bunch of “terrorist hackers” and keyboard warriors. Truly a sad day for America.
Sony has decided to scrap the release of it’s latest feature film, The Interview after a group of hackers known as the “Guardians Of Peace” threatened theaters who were going to show the movie.
The plot of the film focused on two knucklehead journalists working for the CIA to assassinate North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.
From Fox News:
Sony Pictures announced Tuesday it had scrapped the Dec. 25 release of “The Interview” after a number of major movie chains announced they would not show the film in the wake of threats from unknown hackers implying the theaters were at risk.
Sony released a statement saying, “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 theater-goers.”
In its statement, Sony also said the company was “the victim of an unprecedented criminal assault against our employees, our customers, and our business. Those who attacked us stole our intellectual property, private emails, and sensitive and proprietary material, and sought to destroy our spirit and our morale.”
It added, “we stand by our filmmakers and their right to free expression and are extremely disappointed by this outcome.”
Sony’s decision is a HUGE mistake. It’s setting a dangerous precedent where a film contains a particular message that “offends” someone or a group of people, can be stopped dead in it’s tracks by a bunch of moronic thugs making threats.
This is America. We don’t give in to terrorist demands. Period. While that’s primarily a governmental policy, it should apply across the board.
Some are saying North Korea–who hasn’t exactly been all sunshine and rainbows since finding out the movie was being made–are the ones behind the hacks and the threats. Anything is possible.
Freedom of speech includes political speech as well as artistic expression. This right, which is protected under the First Amendment, is critical to our staying a free society. If anything places a limit on how we express ourselves, our liberty is in jeopardy.
While I wasn’t particularly excited about this film, the principle of the matter is what counts. No artist should ever have their self-expression limited by tyrannical governments or crazed radical terrorists.
Let’s hope this situation reverses course and something is done to stop more people from using this tactic to silence our voices.