Celebrities Express Horror, Outrage At Sony Decision To Pull The Interview — See Celeb Twitter Reaction Here!
Sony’s decision to cancel the Christmas Day release of The Interview, caving to threats made by hackers, has set off a firestorm on Twitter. Fans and celebrities are mostly mortified by the announcement to shelve the Seth Rogen-James Franco comedy, in which two journalists are recruited by the CIA to assassinate North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un. The Sony announcement is widely seen as a cowardly, dangerous precedent to set. Check out some of the reaction below, and tell us what you think.
“Wow. Everyone caved. The hackers won. An utter and complete victory for them. Wow,” tweeted Rob Lowe. He added, “Saw @Sethrogen at JFK. Both of us have never seen or heard of anything like this. Hollywood has done Neville Chamberlain proud today.” Newt Gingrich wrote to Lowe, “It wasn’t the hackers who won, it was the terrorists and almost certainly the North Korean dictatorship, this was an act of war.”
Mia Farrow tweeted a link to the news and wrote, “Damn. Bad guys won.” Bill Maher wrote, “#TheInterview Is that all it takes – an anonymous threat and the numbers 911 – to throw free expression under the bus? #PussyNation.” John Cho said simply, “It’s a damn shame #TheInterviewMovie is being pulled.”
“The tv networks should reimburse Sony for the costs of The Interview and simulcast it in prime time,” suggested Joshua Malina. Patton Oswalt wrote, “THE INTERVIEW is now poised to shatter the world record for ‘spite viewings.'” Zach Braff worried, “Canceling ‘The Interview’ seems like a pretty horrible precedent to set.” Steve Carell added, “Sad day for creative expression. #feareatsthesoul.”
Billy Bush asked, “If the state dept gave the ok to make the movie where are they in the cancellation of the movie? Where does the gov’t stand?” Arsenio Hall took a more humorous approach: “Waiting in line & I bought a cheap pair of sunglasses, and bootleg copy of Sony’s ‘The Interview’ in front of Roscoes Chicken And Waffles!”
Michael Moore joked, “Dear Sony Hackers: now that u run Hollywood, I’d also like less romantic comedies, fewer Michael Bay movies and no more Transformers.” Jake Tapper declared, “We are all @Sethrogen.” Michael Ian Black tweeted, “Worried about the prospects for my new film,’Abbot and Costello F*ck North Korea’s Mom.'” Albert Brooks also joked, “City of Atlanta demands all remaining prints of Gone with the Wind be destroyed.”
Rogen’s mentor Judd Apatow was enraged even before the official announcement, as theater chains began to pull out of the release. He wrote, “I think it is disgraceful that these theaters are not showing The Interview. Will they pull any movie that gets an anonymous threat now?” Jimmy Kimmel agreed, calling it: “An un-American act of cowardice that validates terrorist actions and sets a terrifying precedent.”
In case you missed Sony’s explanation, here is the statement: “In light of the decision by the majority of our exhibitors not to show the film The Interview, we have decided not to move forward with the planned December 25 theatrical release. We respect and understand our partners’ decision and, of course, completely share their paramount interest in the safety of employees and theater-goers.”
It continues: “Sony Pictures has been the victim of an unprecedented criminal assault against our employees, our customers, and our business. Those who attacked us stole our intellectual property, private emails, and sensitive and proprietary material, and sought to destroy our spirit and our morale – all apparently to thwart the release of a movie they did not like. We are deeply saddened at this brazen effort to suppress the distribution of a movie, and in the process do damage to our company, our employees, and the American public. We stand by our filmmakers and their right to free expression and are extremely disappointed by this outcome.” What do you think about Sony’s decision?