‘Bam slammed Sony today for pulling a comedy about North Korea at his year end press conference.
Sony Pictures Entertainment was hacked by the North Koreans over The Interview, a comedy climaxing with the death of Dear Leader Kim Jong un. Pretty much everyone thinks Sony has done a terrible job handling the crisis. Sony head Amy Pascal and producer Scott Rudin were even busted making racist jokes about President Obama’s movie taste, saying he only likes black star vehicles like The Butler, 12 Years a Slave and Kevin Hart films.
In regards to North Korea, the president said the United States “will respond proportionally” “at a place and time we choose.” Here are his comments on Sony:
Sony’s a corporation, it suffered significant damage. There were threats against its employees. I am sympathetic to the concerns that they face. That being said, yes, I think they made a mistake.
Obama continued: “We cannot have a society where some dictator someplace can start imposing censorship here in the United States. Because if somebody’s going to intimidate [Sony] for releasing a satirical movie, imagine what’s going to happen when there’s a documentary they don’t like.
“Even worse, if producers and distributors start engaging in self-censorship because they don’t want to offend the sensibilities of somebody who frankly probably needs their sensibilities offended. That’s not who we are. That’s not who Americans are.”
Again, I’m sympathetic to Sony – but I wish they had spoken to me first.
All of us need to anticipate that occasionally there are going to be breaches like this. But we can’t start changing our patterns of behavior anymore than we would stop going to a football game because there might be a terrorist attack. Any more than Boston didn’t run its marathon this year.
America will not be intimidated by terrorists!!! Never forget 9-11!!!
Or, if you’re Sony-MPAA-Hollywood, you blame everyone else, then run and hide. It’s the American corporate way.