Big news with the political and entertainment worlds colliding: In the beginning of December, emails and personal information from Sony employees got leaked, causing major rift in the entertainment industry. Leaked emails from movie producer Scott Rudin and co-chairperson Amy Pascal included dialogue such as major critique on Adam Sandler movies, director Angelina Jolie being “seriously out of her mind” and a “minimally talented spoiled brat,” as well as jokes about Obama favoring films with black actors. Eeee… that made things pretty awkward for Scott and Amy, so both of them deeply apologized.
No one knew at first who was causing the malicious hack, but it is now believed to be assisted by North Korea out of anger from the new movie “The Interview,” starring Seth Rogan and James Franco. It’s a comedy about assassinating North Korea dictator Kim Jong-un, and I can’t say I didn’t predict that that North Korea wouldn’t brush it off their shoulders.
North Korea’s threats succeeded in terrifying Sony, so Sony pulled the release of “The Interview” saying they “had no choice,” angering practically the whole United States. To be fair, Sony has been going through a lot with these hackers that are continuously threatening anyone involved with the movie and dumping out more personal information. The hackers sent an email to Sony, threatening to blow up every movie theater that decides to screen “The Interview.” In response, Sony cancelled the Christmas day opening. Some theaters wanted to rebel and screen “Team America” instead, which revolves around defeating Kim Jong Il, Kim Jong-un’s father, but Paramount Pictures banned them from doing that as well. Sony still does want to make the movie accessible though, so they may be putting it on BitTorrent. Surprisingly enough, Obama actually took a strong stance with this terrorist threat and stated that Sony “made a mistake” in caving in to the hackers.
His whole statement:
We cannot have a society in which some dictator someplace can start imposing censorship here in the United States. Because if somebody is able to intimidate folks out of releasing a satirical movie, imagine what they start doing when they see a documentary that they don’t like, or a news report that they don’t like — or even worse, imagine if producers and distributors and others start engaging in self-censorship because they don’t want to offend the sensibilities of somebody whose sensibilities probably need to be offended. That’s not who we are. That’s not what America is about.
Because of the threats, James Franco and Seth Rogan have both adopted huge bodyguards to protect themselves in case North Korea does go after them personally.
Since Sony decided to cancel the release of the film, the hackers have sent them an email praising their choice.
It’s very wise that you have made a decision to cancel the release of ‘The Interview.’ “We ensure the security of your data unless you make additional trouble.