Is Artistic Freedom Jeopardized by Sony’s Decision?


Hollywood cannot believe that Sony decided to pull The Interview from all platforms after receiving threats from hackers.  Filmmakers, screenwriters and actors are slamming the studio’s move, claiming that the decision endangers artistic freedom and First Amendment Rights.

Game of Thrones author George R. R. Martin called it a “stunning display of corporate cowardice”, while Alchemist author Paulo Coelho offered 100K for the rights to the movie.  He said that he would post it on his blog for the entire world to see.

He explained his motives in an email to USA Today:

‘’Freedom of information/distribution is important for me. When I posted that tweet, I was conscious that now I am also in the line of fire. But either you stand for your values, or you don’t deserve the freedom you have.”

Further, George Clooney and his agent Bryan Lourd asked other studios to support Sony, but no one would sign the petition.

“This was a dumb comedy. But the truth is, what it now says about us is a whole lot. We have a responsibility to stand up against this.”

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  • Sammy

    I never felt the film getting pulled was about America losing its freedom of creative expression. I ABSOLUTELY believe this is about Sony’s attorneys’ foresight regarding the messed-up civil justice system in America; specifically tort litigation potential(!) I believe Sony could see a string of (frivolous) lawsuits and class-action suits from exploitive lawyers who would file ridiculous claims about how this contentious movie being screening at the local cineplex puts OTHER film-goers in danger or at-risk.

    Sony would be doing pay-outs/settlements like crazy. THAT is why the film got pulled! I’m indignant NO BODY is openly saying this!! It makes me absolutely irritated!!

    The only solution? The US government BUY the film and make it public domain. Then the entire world can have “fun” with the flick by way of weird edits, parodies and silly stuff as YouTubes and whatnot. That would make Kim Jong-Un the laughing stock globally.