Score this one a big victory for hackers and cyber warfare.
Sony has tapped out of the match, and decided to pull it’s North Korea/Kim Jong-il comedy, The Interview, from being released this Christmas holiday.
Hollywood is pissed off, but in all fairness, Sony got crushed big time. Further leaks from the hacker group of Sony emails and electronic data was too painful for the multinational giant to stomach.
Here are some of the most notable Hollywood reactions on Twitter:
Judd Apatow (Tweeted prior to Sony’s decision): “I think it is disgraceful that these theaters are not showing The Interview. Will they pull any movie that gets an anonymous threat now?”
Jimmy Kimmel (in response to Apatow): “I agree wholeheartedly. An un-American act of cowardice that validates terrorist actions and sets a terrifying precedent.”
Rob Lowe: “Wow. Everyone caved. The hackers won. An utter and complete victory for them. Wow.”
(Tweeted politician Newt Gingrich in response to Lowe: “It wasn’t the hackers who won, it was the terrorists and almost certainly the North Korean dictatorship, this was an act of war.”)
Rob Lowe (again): “Saw @ Sethrogen at JFK. Both of us have never seen or heard of anything like this. Hollywood has done Neville Chamberlain proud today.”
Steve Carell (whose upcoming North Korea-set film, Pyongyang, was also canceled today in reaction the events at Sony): “Sad day for creative expression. #feareatsthesoul”
Michael Moore: “Dear Sony Hackers: now that u run Hollywood, I’d also like less romantic comedies, fewer Michael Bay movies and no more Transformers.”
Zach Braff: “Canceling ‘The Interview’ seems like a pretty horrible precedent to set.”
Patton Oswalt: “THE INTERVIEW is now poised to shatter the world record for “spite viewings.”
Neil Gaiman: “So SONY fight back by canceling The Interview, thus proving to the hackers that hacking & threats work very well? That may prove an error.”
Josh Gad: “The precedent of letting a nation state get away w cyber terrorism is 1 that will set the tone for anyone who wishes 2 suppress our freedoms.”
Dax Shepard: “While I understand the necessity to pull The Interview, it makes me furious. Free speech is the most admirable tenet in our constitution.”
Damon Wayans Jr.: “We do not negotiate with terrorists. We just do exactly what they say.”
Bill Maher: “Is that all it takes – an anonymous threat and the numbers 911 – to throw free expression under the bus? #P***yNation”
Tom Bergeron: “North Korean hackers are the new Siskel and Ebert. Instead of thumbs they use the middle finger.”
Arsenio Hall: “Waiting in line & I bought a cheap pair of sunglasses, and bootleg copy of Sony’s “The Interview” in front of Roscoes Chicken And Waffles!”