After vicious cyber attacks and threats of physical attacks on moviegoers, Sony cancelled the Seth Rogen/James Flacco* comedy The Interview. In the wake of that decision the studio took criticism from the public, George Clooney, George R.R. Martin, and President Obama for caving to terrorist threats, and generally failing to live up to America’s standard as defined by this South Park GIF:
Whether or not The Interview will ever be released is currently unclear. Clooney says Sony chairman Amy Pascal is looking for a VOD option. The NY Post claims that option will be unveiling it for free on Crackle. But then a source told The Wall Street Journal that’s bunk, though plans for some sort of release are in the works. While Sony figures this catastrophe out, politicians—who in theory should be concerned about terrorists impacting free speech (a tenet of our national ideology) and crippling Hollywood (one of our major exports)—are finally stepping in…instead of just sounding off on Twitter.
Deadline reports Brad Sherman, a Democrat Representative from California, has invited Sony to screen the stoner comedy at Capitol Hill. This wouldn’t allow the public to see it (bummer) but would allow a venue for our representatives to gather and show “solidarity with Sony Pictures and the American film industry” (about damn time). He goes on to say the government should be stepping in to defend Sony, the filmmakers, the film, and its industry as a whole.
You can read the entire letter below:
“Dear Mr. Lynton (Sony CEO)
I am extending an offer to screen The Interview in the U.S. Capitol facilities.
As Chairman of the Entertainment Industries Caucus, I believe we should stand in solidarity with Sony Pictures and the American film industry. Threats from a dictator in North Korea should not stop Americans from seeing any movie. We have a responsibility to stand up against these attempts at intimidation.
This is also about educating Members of Congress. Everyone is talking about The Interview. I think it’s important for Congress to know, and see, what we are talking about.
Screening The Interview will demonstrate the U.S. Congress’s support of the freedom of speech. This is about our right to live without fear, and knowing that our values will not be compromised by the idle threats of a despotic regime. Good or bad, Americans should not be deprived of the opportunity to see this movie.
It is now the responsibility of the U.S. government to allocate the necessary resources to ensure moviegoers’ safety. We must help Sony Pictures, movie theater owners, and moviegoers regain the confidence to go see The Interview.
If you have any questions please contact Lauren Wolman at [email protected] or (202) 225-5911.
Member of Congress”
*During his press conference last week, President Obama pronounced actor James Franco’s name as James Flacco. So, it’s law that we call him that now. Pretty sure.