I haven't said anything about the Sony hack here. I wasn't sure if I was going to. I mean, I try and address important cinematic/celebrity news, and yet this is the heart of awards season and there are more important things to talk about (or not as important but more time consuming). Still, we all have an opinion, obviously, and sometimes it's good to just spit it out. It's not like we haven't addressed controversial topics here before. I've weighed in on the fappening and the Woody scandal. I might as well weigh in on North Korea's complete and total domination of Hollywood.
So, when the hack first started it was all fun and games, right? We all laughed at the shade thrown at the Smith family and those scathing emails about Angelina Jolie (like, OMG), but then things got serious; death threat serious.
We've known for a while now that The Interview was causing trouble. North Korea issued a statement months ago that if the film were released they'd consider it an act of war. We all laughed that off, because, well, it was silly. I mean, it's a buddy comedy starring Seth Rogen and James Franco. Who cares, right? North Korea cares, and they obviously cared enough (allegedly) to threaten 9/11 style terrorist attacks on any theater that dared show this movie. Sony initially left this up to individual theaters to decide whether or not they wanted to show the film, while they themselves canceled the premier.
Then Sony did something that is dividing everyone; they pulled the movie from opening...anywhere. Not only this, but they have no plans to release the movie on any format.
Now here's the thing; this is a really controversial move and one that is going to split the world. It's also truly a no win situation for Sony, and Hollywood really, because no matter what decision was made at this point, it was going to reflect badly somehow. I mean, everyone is up in arms now, saying that Sony has handed North Korea all the power and has set a horrific precedent now, basically telling the world that if you threaten violence you can get your way, and in one decision has kind of raped America of our free speech. I get this. I actually agree with this. But let me ask you this; had they NOT pulled the film, and North Korea bombed even ONE theater, killing a slew of innocent people (even those not seeing The Interview, or even those who lived nearby), what would be our reaction? Would we be berating Sony, condemning them for being so greedy they couldn't pull the film, calling them bloodguilty?
I think we would.
Here's the problem with this whole situation. It's a no-win. Sony will always be the bad guys here because, no matter what their decision, they crossed a line we aren't cool with. With the decision they made, they declared to the world that our free speech isn't worth fighting for, but if they had gone the other way, they would have declared that our lives aren't worth fighting for. I ask you; what's more important?
I honestly ask that, because I'm on the fence.
Some are saying the film never should have been made. I don't agree. I actually think the idea for the film was genius and I give full props to Rogen and Franco and Sony for having the balls to even attempt this. Some have said if North Korea did the reverse (a film about killing Obama) then we'd be up in arms and would see it as a terrorist threat. I like to think that that would not happen. For a country and is so devoted to the freeness of our speech, I can't see how this would have happened. I find absolutely no reason for North Korea to feel as they do about this (I mean, it is so clearly a joke...like SO CLEARLY) but some people just don't possess a sense of humor (and, well, we already knew that was going to be a problem). That said, I find this whole situation very sad for all involved.
But, like, seriously...don't you REALLY want to see this movie now?