After the announcement that Sony cancelled the release of The Interview, there was only one way for people to handle their rage: in 140 characters or less. Those working in Hollywood (as well as those outside the industry) generally saw this as an attack on their First Amendment rights, as well as their work as artists. Here’s a brief round-up of the Twitter response to THE DARKEST DAY IN AMERICAN HISTORY.
All joking aside, we just gave a comfy foothold to censorship & it doesn't get any better from this point on. #TheInterview— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) 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
We do not negotiate with terrorists. We just do exactly what they say.— Damon Wayans Yunior? (@wayansjr) December 18, 2014
If N. Korea made a movie about killing Obama, half of our country would literally help fund it.— Damon Wayans Yunior? (@wayansjr) December 18, 2014
Sad day for creative expression. #feareatsthesoul— Steve Carell (@SteveCarell) December 17, 2014
The precedent of letting a nation state get away w cyber terrorism is 1 that will set the tone for anyone who wishes 2 suppress our freedoms— Josh Gad (@joshgad) December 18, 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
I'm glad theater chain owners weren't cowards when Chaplin released The Great Dictator.— Bobcat Goldthwait (@bcgoldthwait) December 18, 2014
Dear Sony Hackers: now that u run Hollywood, I'd also like less romantic comedies, fewer Michael Bay movies and no more Transformers.— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) December 17, 2014
Wow. Everyone caved. The hackers won. An utter and complete victory for them. Wow.— Rob Lowe (@RobLowe) December 17, 2014
Saw @Sethrogen at JFK. Both of us have never seen or heard of anything like this. Hollywood has done Neville Chamberlain proud today.— Rob Lowe (@RobLowe) December 17, 2014
So SONY fight back by canceling The Interview, thus proving to the hackers that hacking & threats work very well? That may prove an error.— Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) December 17, 2014
Canceling "The Interview" seems like a pretty horrible precedent to set.— Zach Braff (@zachbraff) December 17, 2014
No "Interview": One of the most stunning, wrongheaded decisions in movie history. My full take here: http://t.co/xcQ32p4CLr— Richard Roeper (@richardroeper) December 17, 2014
No bullshit though, this is seriously fucked and it's such a sad day for free speech. Frightening.— Amy Schumer (@amyschumer) December 18, 2014
If you can stand listening to Donald Trump’s voice for about four seconds:
And Aaron Sorkin managed to blame this whole thing on the press somehow. Impressive, no?
Today the U.S. succumbed to an unprecedented attack on our most cherished, bedrock principle of free speech by a group of North Korean terrorists who threatened to kill moviegoers in order to stop the release of a movie. The wishes of the terrorists were fulfilled in part by easily distracted members of the American press who chose gossip and schadenfreude-fueled reporting over a story with immeasurable consequences for the public-a story that was developing right in front of their eyes. My deepest sympathies go out to Sony Pictures, Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and everyone who worked on The Interview.
But leave it to Mike Schur to sum the whole thing up perfectly:
My thoughtful analysis on this Sony/hacking/"Interview"/maybe-fake terrorist threat: it sucks in every direction and I hate it.— Ken Tremendous (@KenTremendous) December 18, 2014