‘The Interview’ Cancellation Draws Strong Reactions

By December 18, 2014

When Sony decided to cancel the theatrical release of their action/comedy film The Interview, they had to know that people from all levels and walks of life would react very strongly. In addition to the blown up comment threads of virtually every outlet that has decided to cover the story, a very vocal group of prominent celebrities have also taken to Twitter to vent their frustrations about the prospect of letting these hackers/criminals/terrorists “win.”

Here’s some of the reactions:

The reactions, of course, don’t stop at social media. Given the expansive nature of the threats and the nations that appear to be involved, President Barack Obama was of course asked about his reaction to the news that the film’s theatrical release has been canceled. In an interview with reporter David Muir that aired last night (via HuffPo), the president didn’t minimize the amorphous credibility of the threats, but also told people that they should not be put off of enjoying a favorite American activity. He said,

Well, the cyberattack is very serious. We’re investigating it. We’re taking it seriously. You know, we’ll be vigilant. If we see something that we think is serious and credible, then we’ll alert the public. But for now, my recommendation would be that people go to the movies.

On the other side of the political aisle, 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney also weighed in with his thoughts on the matter through Twitter.

In a somewhat signature act of defiance, a popular theater in Dallas, Texas has also announced that since it can’t exhibit The Interview, it will be showing Matt Stone and Trey Parker’s award-winning 2004 film Team America: World Police; a movie which features a scathing caricature of the late Kim Jong-il, the father of current North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

According to Variety, Sony have stated that there are no current plans to release The Interview in any form whatsoever.

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Chris Clow
As a former comics retailer at a store in the Pacific Northwest, Chris Clow is an enormous sci-fi, comics, and film geek. He is a freelance contributor, reviewer, podcaster, and overall geek to GeekNation, Batman-On-Film.com, The Huffington Post, and Movies.com. He also hosts the monthly Comics on Consoles broadcast and podcast. Check out his blog, and follow him on Twitter @ChrisClow.
  • Lil Dragon

    I am kind of pissed about this. I like these guys’s work and was looking forward to this.