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:
Really hard to believe this is the response to a threat to freedom of expression here in America. #TheInterview
— Ben Stiller (@RedHourBen) December 18, 2014
Wow. Everyone caved. The hackers won. An utter and complete victory for them. Wow. — Rob Lowe (@RobLowe) December 17, 2014
So SONY fight back by canceling The Interview, thus proving to the hackers that hacking & threats work very well? That may prove an error.
— Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) 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
All joking aside, we just gave a comfy foothold to censorship & it doesn’t get any better from this point on. #TheInterview
— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) December 18, 2014
This only guarantees that this movie will be seen by more people on Earth than it would have before. Legally or illegally all will see it. — Judd Apatow (@JuddApatow) December 17, 2014
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.
— Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) December 18, 2014
— Alamo Drafthouse DFW (@AlamoDFW) December 17, 2014
According to Variety, Sony have stated that there are no current plans to release The Interview in any form whatsoever.
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