Regal Cinemas, Cinemark, Cineplex, Bow Tie Cinemas, Carmike and AMC Theatres will not show “The Interview” because the North Korea-based hackers that breached Sony Pictures Entertainment e-mail security threatened movie theaters and moviegoers who attend screenings of the satire. More theater circuits are expected to follow, because terrorism works especially well against weenies.
Leading the way for this disgusting weenieism display were first, Sony itself, which reportedly toned down the film in response to earlier threats from the group, and then the stars of the comedy, James Franco and Seth Rogan. They both cancelled all their publicity appearances and are evidently hiding under their beds, caving to the dictates of unknown critics who are almost certainly not in the country. Oooh, but they’re so scary!
First they stole emails from Sony executives to retaliate for the comedy’s story line, which involves an assassination attempt on the life of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un by two morons. Then the group issued a warning referencing 9-11 and warning Americans, to stay away from theaters showing “The Interview”:
“We will clearly show it to you at the very time and places The Interview be shown, including the premiere, how bitter fate those who seek fun in terror should be doomed to. Soon all the world will see what an awful movie Sony Pictures Entertainment has made. The world will be full of fear. Remember the 11th of September 2001. We recommend you to keep yourself distant from the places at that time. (If your house is nearby, you’d better leave.) Whatever comes in the coming days is called by the greed of Sony Pictures Entertainment. All the world will denounce the SONY.”
Or “All your base are belong to us.“
Are we really going to allow anyone who threatens terrorist acts to dictate what we watch, see and do in the United States? Apparently, since the critical mass of weenies in the public and private sector has been reached. Comedy Central and the cowardly creators of “South Park” set the standard for this kind of capitulation when they censored an episode that some Islamic thugs found offensive. In that instance, I wrote,
“Comedy Central, in its cowardice, is encouraging more threats, more capitulations, and more censorship enforced by thugs, bullies, and terrorists. The channel’s willingness to let threats control its Constitutionally protected speech echoes the similarly craven refusal of much of the American media to print or broadcast the Danish cartoons of Muhammad, which were also the subject of extremist threats …“Better Red than Dead!” the campus cynics chanted in the Sixties. Their message was that American values are only worth fighting for when you know nobody’s going to fight back very hard. Comedy Central was fond of accusing the Bush Administration and Dick Cheney of taking away our freedoms, but Stewart and his colleagues knew that they weren’t going to rounded up or hurt in any way, so they could afford to be “fearless.” Apparently it is only when our freedoms are really under attack that Comedy Central backs down.”
Bet on it: You will not see Stewart mocking Sony, Rogen, Franco or the theater chains.
The weenie conduct of the theater-owners is, if anything, more unforgivable than the “South Park” capitulation. At least Muslim terrorists had some credibility: they have used deadly tactics against “blasphemers.” Those Korean movie critic terrorists have no such record, indeed, as Joe Concha pointed out at Mediaite, neither does North Korea:
North Korea makes threats like this just about every other day. Here are the top three from the Kim Jong-Un era alone:
- While warning to South Korea (2013): “Baengnyeong Island will become a huge grave. If you don’t want to be a ghost in a hell fire, you better decide. We can give you only one suggestion. Run.” End result of threat: Nothing happened.
- Another threat to South Korea (2013): “If the South recklessly provokes us again, the sea of fire at Yeonpyeong will turn into a sea of fire at the Blue House.” End result: Nothing happened.
- In threat to the U.S. (yup, 2013): “If the U.S. imperialists threaten our sovereignty and survival… our troops will fire our nuclear-armed rockets at the White House and the Pentagon – the sources of all evil.” End result: The North Koreans tested yet another missile, which flew erratically for a few hundred feet before falling into the sea. Hopefully DC can borrow one of those Iron Domes from the Israelis before it’s too late.
I would have thought that at least one chain would announce that it would have full security at all theaters showing “The Interview,” and that patrons should come see the film (if only it were likely to be a good one!) to demonstrate that the people of the United States do not run from tyrants, bullies, and terrorists who want to restrict our freedoms and strangle our way of life. I would expect the theaters to be full, because there are still a lot of non-weenies here who understand the critical importance of spitting in a bully’s eye. I know I would go under those conditions, even though I would normally prefer to bathe in parrot droppings than sit through a film like this.
The conduct of Sony and the theater operators is an embarrassment to them and to us, irresponsible in its validation of threats, and a rejection of the American tradition of fighting for core principles.
For this is the conduct of weenies, and It’s Unethical To Be A Weenie.
UPDATE: The other shoe dropped, and now Sony has announced that it’s shelving the film. Well, it’s a Japanese company, and I can entertain fantasies that a U.S. entertainment corporation would have more honor, courage and and respect for free expression.
Facts: Chicago Tribune