I’m not happy that Sony was forced to scrap “The Interview” but I understand why they made that decision.
According to Sony’s statement:
“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.
"Sony Pictures has been the victim of an unprecedented criminal assault against our employees, our customers, and our business. Those who attacked us stole our intellectual property, private emails, and sensitive and proprietary material, and sought to destroy our spirit and our morale – all apparently to thwart the release of a movie they did not like. We are deeply saddened at this brazen effort to suppress the distribution of a movie, and in the process do damage to our company, our employees, and the American public. We stand by our filmmakers and their right to free expression and are extremely disappointed by this outcome."
They had no choice. So many major theater chains had already said that they wouldn’t be showing the movie. THEY were the ones that broke and gave in to threats. With all these theaters gone, where was Sony supposed to show the movie? How would they have made a profit? Who would dared to have watched it after all of this?
Ideally, if one doesn’t like a movie, they simply choose not to watch it. If they feel others shouldn’t watch it they do so with a suggestion, a negative review saying “I don’t recommend this.” Or a PEACEFUL demonstration to give people your point-of-view. One should NEVER resort to violence or threats of violence in order to get their way - like the party behind the Sony hack in this matter. It truly is saddening that we’ve decided to make threats of violence a factor in what movies we’re allowed to see.
Remember The Dark Knight Rises and the controversy surrounding its release? There was that tragic shooting but that did not sway theater owners from showing the movie still, it did not stop people from going to see the movie. People were able to recognize that the tragedy was the work of one eccentric individual - they did not let the fear of violence dissuade them from seeing what they wanted, from showing to the public what they wanted. This debacle with The Interview should be no different. One eccentric party (or you could even just be an individual - nobody knows who) attempted to use violence to scare people - but unlike The Dark Knight Rises, people allowed that fear to determine their actions.
I don’t fault Sony in their decision to shelf The Interview, not completely. That was a decision that came about from the theater owners who allowed violence to determine how they run their business instead of their own sense, the public who allowed threats of violence to determine what movies they should or should not see, And finally, Sony had little choice to abandon The Interview the way a company would abandon any enterprise that would no longer prove to be profitable.
Immediately following 9/11 there was a surge of pride in America, a determination that “No! We will NOT allow terrorists to scare us! We will NOT allow violence to determine what we do in our country.” Over a decade later, it seems, that we’ve lost the desire to think for ourselves and have let the terrorists win and make our decisions for us.