Christmas isn’t looking too jolly for Seth Rogen and James Franco, stars of The Interview. Sony has canceled the release of the film on all platforms after U.S. movie theaters received threats believed to be from the same group who reportedly hacked the studio’s internal computer systems. As you can imagine, Hollywood is furious.
President Obama reassures us that people should still feel safe to “go to the movies” amidst the threats. But celebrities like Jimmy Kimmel, Dax Shepard and Steve Carell took a different approach to addressing Sony’s major decision.
— Bill Maher (@billmaher) December 17, 2014
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
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
Wow. Everyone caved. The hackers won. An utter and complete victory for them. Wow.
— Rob Lowe (@RobLowe) December 17, 2014
We do not negotiate with terrorists. We just do exactly what they say.
— Damon Wayans Yunior? (@wayansjr) December 18, 2014
While I understand the necessity to pull The Interview, it makes me furious. Free speech is the most admirable tenet in our constitution.
— dax shepard (@daxshepard1) December 18, 2014
Canceling “The Interview” seems like a pretty horrible precedent to set.
— Zach Braff (@zachbraff) December 17, 2014
What 1st Amendment? #sony
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) December 17, 2014
Sad day for creative expression. #feareatsthesoul
— Steve Carell (@SteveCarell) 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
Do you think it was wrong of the studio to cancel release of the film entirely? Should the film still be released on some platforms? Give us your thoughts below. The Gossip Table has more on the Sony hack that released damaging emails about Leonardo DiCaprio, Angelina Jolie, and more.
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