Sony Fires Back After Obama Calls Decision To Pull The Interview A “Mistake,” Studio Says “We Had No Choice”
Sony Pictures is firing back after President Obama on Friday called the film company’s decision to pull The Interview from theaters a “mistake.” The president made the remark during a year-end press conference with reporters, where he further expressed that he had wished executives from the studio “had spoken to me first,” and warned about getting into a “pattern” in which we’re “intimidated by these kinds of criminal attacks.”
Now the film studio has issued a release in which it says, “We had no choice,” and hopes one day people will eventually “get the opportunity” to see the movie starring Seth Rogen and James Franco, which revolves around an assassination attempt of Kim Jung Un. In the statement furnished to Gossip Cop, the movie company writes: “Sony Pictures Entertainment is and always has been strongly committed to the First Amendment. For more than three weeks, despite brutal intrusions into our company and our employees’ personal lives, we maintained our focus on one goal: getting the film The Interview released. Free expression should never be suppressed by threats and extortion.”
The statement continued, “The decision not to move forward with the December 25 theatrical release of The Interview was made as a result of the majority of the nation’s theater owners choosing not to screen the film. This was their decision. Let us be clear – the only decision that we have made with respect to release of the film was not to release it on Christmas Day in theaters, after the theater owners declined to show it. Without theaters, we could not release it in the theaters on Christmas Day. We had no choice.”
“After that decision, we immediately began actively surveying alternatives to enable us to release the movie on a different platform. It is still our hope that anyone who wants to see this movie will get the opportunity to do so,” concludes the statement. What do you think of Sony’s response?