Since we’re talking about current events and things that effect us on a daily basis, whether we’re joking about racial tensions in the United States or around the world, genocide and its place as a Darwinist theory, or anything else; there are certain things that actually effect us.
I am sure you have heard by now that Sony has pulled The Interview because (to be confirmed shortly) North Korean hackers have pulled upwards of 32,000 electronic files from Sony’s computers, and threatened theatres with violence. While the FBI and other governmental agencies haven’t been able to substantiate the threats of violence, apparently American movie theatre chains and Sony have caved in.
So, on Christmas Day we will not be seeing The Interview: cue the black market release of The Interview. While this movie is a politically motivated satyr, the fact that the film industry is behaving so cowardly in relation to airing this movie is despicable. Actors, politicians and everyone else in this country and around the world is going to suffer the consequences of this action. And all because a group calling themselves Guardians of Peace (GOP – funny, no?) has threatened to attack movie theatres and movie goers who see the movie.
Thomas Jefferson said, “Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of Liberty.” This is a perfect example of the world we live in today. Anyone who makes certain threats of terrorism is going to so terrify the corporate being, and that in turn effects the ability to enjoy the freedom of expression and the free market economy we live in. If you want to take a stand and say F*** You to despotism and fight for your Liberties, then I say we tell Sony and American Theatres to sack up. What is profit off of a silly movie worth compared to the Freedoms of the artists who produced the work, and the public to enjoy it worth?
If Sony keeps The Interview shelved and refuses to air it, then we can as a population of the world feel that Sony is telling us individual rights are meaningless.
I for one disagree. I think my rights, and those of the citizens of the world are worth more than corporate values.
Really listen to Thomas Payne and let our values and freedoms weigh stronger. “I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. ‘Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but he whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death.”