Moviegoers from all walks of life have been stopped dead in their tracks by Sony’s decision to drop the sociopolitical football that is “The Interview” from its schedule, due to mounting pressures from external forces.
Just days after the film’s co-stars Seth Rogen and James Franco bowed out of making any more public appearances for the film, the besieged studio packed it in as well, shelving a satirical romp that has purportedly deeply offended supporters of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un. The stunning case of self-censorship unleashed a cacophony of analyses from instapundits.
“In light of the decision by the majority of our exhibitors not to show the film The Interview, we have decided not to move forward with the planned December 25 theatrical release. We respect and understand our partners’ decision and, of course, completely share their paramount interest in the safety of employees and theater-goers,” studio executives relayed in a statement cited by The Hollywood Reporter.
Cue react, from politician and private citizen alike.
Idealists pleaded for the opportunity to exercise free will.
— Steve Israel (@RepSteveIsrael) December 18, 2014
Hard-liners lobbied for a socialist-style online viewing party.
Sony should release “the Interview” online for free so North Koreans can’t censor American creativity–should have Korean language version
— Newt Gingrich (@newtgingrich) December 17, 2014
The patriotic urged equally outraged citizens to march directly into theaters.
It’s a shame Sony cancelled The Interview due to No. Korea attack. When NK attacks, US must rally. Show the movie & all Americans should go.
— Ari Fleischer (@AriFleischer) December 18, 2014
Pragmatists worried about the chilling effect on freedom of expression.
There r many things in movies I find offensive but in free society we have the right to show & make the films we want https://t.co/5Er5WJAu5R
— Rep. Pete King (@RepPeteKing) December 18, 2014
Aggressors celebrated via intensified saber rattling.
Culture and Film Minister Roh Nam-Hon warns reactionary film studios of Japan and U.S. to increase respect for DPRK, or face obliteration.
— DPRK News Service (@DPRK_News) December 18, 2014
Nationalists demanded unwavering leadership.
— Trish (@TrishFish551) December 18, 2014
The previously oppressed re-upped on personal commitments to never again suffer silently.
— Mohammed Baban (@MohBaban) December 17, 2014
Opportunists brainstormed ways to capitalize on the terror threat.
— Hulia (@OverhypedHipstr) December 18, 2014
Technophiles tried thinking outside the (X)box.
If only Sony had a media console installed in millions of homes that they could use to release a film.
— Anil Dash (@anildash) December 18, 2014
Others embraced the surreality of it all.
Do you think Dennis Rodman and Kim Jong Un will be discussing this at there next Afternoon Tea Party? #TheInterviewMovie
— Mr.McCHRISTMAS (@VincentBiello) December 18, 2014
One would-be archivist attempted to take the long view.
— Robert Mojica (@RobertCMojica) December 18, 2014
Some remained focused on the here and now.
— Philip Moon (@Philip_R_Moon) December 18, 2014
A few wondered why foreign agitators couldn’t use their disruptive talents for the benefit of all mankind.
— Viv L (@pocketninjaviv) December 18, 2014
Meanwhile, the most cynical warned that the anticipated fallout is already too much to bear.
Release it; I will NOT live in a world where JAMES FRANCO gets to add “internationally censored” to his Tinder profile. #TheInterviewMovie
— The Arrogant Hipster (@ArrogantHipster) December 18, 2014
In Trey Parker and Matt Stone, we trust.