Following terrorist threats and the hacking of Sony's computers by North Korea in response to the film "The Interview, which is about an attempt to assassinate North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, Sony Pictures has canceled the theatrical release of the movie. The film was due to be released on Christmas Day.
Earlier today, five major movie theater chains announced that they would not show the film in their theaters.
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.
The Department of Homeland Security said there is no credible threat regarding the movie or any theaters that would have shown the movie.
Freedom-loving Americans took to Twitter to express their disbelief and outrage that Hollywood would cave to the demands of a murderous dictator:
This #HollywoodNorthKorea thing means we're missing out on a probably-bad movie, but getting a really good South Park episode.— Angela (@Bear2theRight) December 17, 2014
Don't let the terrorists win unless they threaten to leak mildly embarrassing emails you wrote 4 years ago.— Nate Silver (@NateSilver538) December 17, 2014
Saw @Sethrogen at JFK. Both of us have never seen or heard of anything like this. Hollywood has done Neville Chamberlain proud today.— Rob Lowe (@RobLowe) December 17, 2014
Trey Parker and Matt Stone are going to have soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo much fun with this.— T. Becket Adams (@BecketAdams) December 17, 2014
Don't change your lives because of terrorist threat! Go to the movies = 2002. Vague terrorist threats! Cancel the movies! = 2014— Noah Rothman (@NoahCRothman) December 17, 2014
Just absolute madness.