Did America just lose its first cyberwar?
Sony announced Wednesday that The Interview will not be released after a hack leaked embarrassing executive emails, full-length movies and threatened Americans in theaters with 9/11-like attacks if they went to see it.
The Interview stars Seth Rogen and James Franco, and in the comedy, North Korea's Kim Jong-Un is assassinated. But the actors need not worry as their famous friends are standing up for them and their right to creative expression.
Taking to Twitter, everyone from Judd Apatow to Rob Lowe to Mitt Romney are blasting Sony's decision to cancel the controversial comedy's theatrical release.
I think it is disgraceful that these theaters are not showing The Interview. Will they pull any movie that gets an anonymous threat now?— Judd Apatow (@JuddApatow) December 17, 2014
This only guarantees that this movie will be seen by more people on Earth than it would have before. Legally or illegally all will see it.— Judd Apatow (@JuddApatow) December 17, 2014
Wow. Everyone caved. The hackers won. An utter and complete victory for them. Wow.— Rob Lowe (@RobLowe) December 17, 2014
Canceling "The Interview" seems like a pretty horrible precedent to set.— Zach Braff (@zachbraff) December 17, 2014
THE INTERVIEW is now poised to shatter the world record for "spite viewings."— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) December 17, 2014
Dear Sony Hackers: now that u run Hollywood, I'd also like less romantic comedies, fewer Michael Bay movies and no more Transformers.— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) December 17, 2014
The precedent of letting a nation state get away w cyber terrorism is 1 that will set the tone for anyone who wishes 2 suppress our freedoms— Josh Gad (@joshgad) December 18, 2014
While I understand the necessity to pull The Interview, it makes me furious. Free speech is the most admirable tenet in our constitution.— dax shepard (@daxshepard1) December 18, 2014
It's a sad day for the movies...sad day for art...— Colin Hanks (@ColinHanks) December 18, 2014
America will NEVER give in to the demands of terrorists! (unless they don't like our movies in which case we will fold like a beach chair.)— Danny Zuker (@DannyZuker) December 17, 2014
North Korea is cray— billy eichner (@billyeichner) December 18, 2014
RODMAN, where ya at?— Amy Schumer (@amyschumer) December 18, 2014
If N. Korea made a movie about killing Obama, half of our country would literally help fund it.— Damon Wayans Yunior? (@wayansjr) December 18, 2014
I have enjoyed movies that offended me deeply. The key to humor is the key to debate, to freedom of thought: difference.— Joss Whedon (@josswhedon) December 18, 2014
Sony's decision to pull THE INTERVIEW is unsettling in so many ways. Good thing they didn't publish THE SATANIC VERSES.— Stephen King (@StephenKing) December 18, 2014
City of Atlanta demands all remaining prints of gone with the wind be destroyed— Albert Brooks (@AlbertBrooks) December 17, 2014
No one should kid themselves. With the Sony collapse America has lost its first cyberwar. This is a very very dangerous precedent.— Newt Gingrich (@newtgingrich) December 17, 2014
Canceling "The Interview" is quite a game changer in so many ways isn't it?— lisa rinna (@lisarinna) December 17, 2014
Just got a great idea for True Lies 2. You think Jim Cameron would let the studio cave to a lame internet threat? Hahahaha! #TheInterview— Tom Arnold (@TomArnold) December 18, 2014
I can't believe #TheInterview was canceled. I'm in shock. A movie isn't worth standing up for but a principal is.— M. Night Shyamalan (@MNightShyamalan) December 18, 2014
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Check out the video below to see Oprah and more star react to the Sony hack.