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First Theater Chain Bows to Terrorist Demands and Will Not Show THE INTERVIEW

Posted on December 17, 2014 at 9:49 am by David "Snackbar" Edmundson


Yesterday, it was reported that the cyber-terrorists who hacked Sony threatened violence towards any theater showing The Interview, and although the Department of Homeland Security says there is no active plot against movie theaters, Carmike Cinemas has decided to drop the upcoming comedy about a dimwitted talk show host and his producer going to North Korea to assassinate Kim Jong-un.  Insiders tell THR that exhibitors are worried about being held liable if they show the movie and violence occurs.  I assume concern about the lives of innocent people is a close second.

THR reports that theater owners are bickering over whether or not to show the film, and if they show the film, they want Sony to provide “heavy security”.  For their part, Sony is leaving the decision in theaters’ hands about whether or not to show the film.  The the-interview-movie-seth-rogen-james-franco-3-600x399studio says it will support the decision of theater owners either way.

But I’m curious if Sony was supportive of Landmark’s decision to cancel the New York premiere.  Sony said it wasn’t going to cancel the premiere on principle, but Landmark’s Sunshine Cinema made the call according to THR.  This follows on the heels of Seth Rogen and James Franco canceling promotional appearances for Tuesday and Wednesday.

On the one hand, I understand everyone’s concern for personal safety.  There are crazy people out there who are willing to do horrible things.  However, does this reaction now become standard policy?  It’s not like this is the only hacker group in the world.  Sure, there may be a bit more “credibility” to this threat because the film in question involves a dangerous country, but what’s to stop this pattern of behavior in the future?  Studios are certainly beefing up their cyber-security in the wake of the Sony hack, but there’s no way to completely stop hackers.  And when they do break in, steal documents, and leave threatening messages, will they continue to get their way?

When people back down from threats like the ones from this hacker group, it says “Terrorism works.  Keep doing it.”

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