Sony is in a can’t win situation.
Show the movie, and an act of violence occurs, they will get hammered and sued for being “irresponsible”.
Cancel the movie and we bow to the commies. Terrorists win.
Sucks to be Sony![/quote]
Yeah, I was about to post this. I’m fully with Pat, AC and the others but this is a shit situation for Sony to be in. And it would happen. It would be a PR disaster for them even if they didn’t get sued.
I’d still do it personally, because fuck you guys, that’s why.
We’re already long gone. We caved through fear, not lack of ability.[/quote]
There is a valid point here. Not only has there been major theft constituting millions of dollars in damages on an American subsidiary, on American soil, but also what can only be construed as a credible threat to American lives on American soil. The government, whose job it is to protect American lives and property from threats and damages from foreign governments has said and done nothing about it. Leaving up to the private sector to protect U.S. citizens from potential harm from North Korea.
And the theft of private information from a private company, by a foreign government is one thing, but when actual American lives on American soil are threatened by a foreign government, I expect our government to respond to the threat and make it clear to us, and the foreign government in question that threats will not be tolerated and killing Americans will warrant a firm military response.
Leaving companies to fend for themselves in the face of credible death threats against American citizens at home is just wrong. Sony and theater chains do not have the means to protect themselves much less others from threats or actions carried out by a foreign government. That’s the job of the American government.
I think the seriousness of what’s going on here is perhaps a little lost because the object is a silly movie that probably isn’t very good. The actions and threats taken by North Korea isn’t a joke though. That’s some pretty serious shit they have done and the government hasn’t and isn’t doing shit about it. I find that disturbing.[/quote]
Absolutely and fundamentally CORRECT! Scares the crap out of me that a little tin pot dictator can do this and not get any real rebuke or response of any kind from our government in return. I realize they are for all intents and purposes impotent to do anything to us, but it is a game of perceptions and I find it absolutely inconceivable that they would dare to do this under any other POTUS in the last 30 years.
Sony is not equipped to deal with this, they are an entertainment company. Perhaps if our POTUS and gov’t had responded publicly and credibly to this incident there would be no need for Sony to make a decision of this sort. I still grieve for our litigious culture and the idea of suing a company over a terror attack, but you’re absolutely right.