Sony wrong to bow to hackers’ threats
Published 9:06 am Friday, December 19, 2014
Sony has decided to pull “The Interview,” a satire about North Korea, after theaters refused to show it. And the company plans not to distribute it on DVD.
“Sony Pictures has no further release plans for the film,” according to a company statement.
We get that threats have been made and that public safety comes first. We remember well the carnage left by a gunman who opened fire in a Colorado movie theater in 2012.
The film, a spoof about the assassination of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, was scheduled for a Christmas Day release.
But it clearly rubbed Kim the wrong way. U.S. officials said Wednesday that North Korea was behind the Sony cyberattack that got this entire process started.
“The Interview” is just a movie, but Sony’s decision is still troubling.
What’s worrisome is how quickly the company caved. We feel for Sony, a company based in Japan — which is only a few hundred miles from North Korea and often the target of the communist country’s threats.
Calling this — a business decision made by a private company — censorship is a bit of a stretch.
But Sony’s capitulation makes it more likely that we will see more of this bullying, not less.
Will a “Saturday Night Live” skit touch off threats first to NBC and then to NBC News?
After seeing Sony’s reaction, will others who want to hurt our country stake a claim to our funny bones?
If so, then how long before the corporate victim du jour — and the American public — realizes that the situation isn’t really about a film or a book or a news report?
It’s about a bully, hurling threats and throwing tantrums because, in this case, no one will take him seriously or see him for who he thinks he is: a beloved leader of a powerful and respected nation.
How long would it before someone has the courage to stand up for what they believe in?