Where have all the Heroes gone?

John Wayne

John Wayne

The America of my Dad’s generation was represented in Movies by men like John Wayne.

No would ever imagine John Wayne giving in to threats or backing down.

If Sony was to be represented in a movie I would have to cast Pee-wee Herman, as their recent actions have been anything but courageous.

Pee-wee Herman

Pee-wee Herman

…One of the country?s leading entertainment businesses is being held to gruesome ransom. And the probable perpetrator is one of the world?s most despicable despots, Kim Jong-Un.

What?s at stake here is far more serious than the reputations of a few Hollywood players embarrassed by their emails being leaked.

(Let?s be honest, if any of our email inboxes suddenly got dumped into the public ether, we?d all be on a slow, humiliating boat to China pretty quickly..)

No, the battleground now has moved to a far bigger playing field, based on this fundamental question: can America stand up to a bullying, possibly tyrannical threat, or not?…
Is the world?s No1 superpower just going to roll over and let whoever is doing this win?

Because that?s the way it looks to me right now.

The movie that caused all the problems, The Interview ? a comedy which features an assassination attempt on Kim Jong-Un – was due to be launched with a glitzy premiere in New York this week.

But it?s been cancelled, for ?safety reasons?.

The film?s two stars, Seth Rogen and James Franco, have pulled out of all interviews, also for ?safety reasons?.

And some of America?s biggest movie theater chains like Carmike Cinemas called off all planned screenings. Again, for ?safety reasons?.

Now Sony?s announced it?s not going to release it all, caving into the pressure on its business.

To which my response is simple: what the **** is the matter with you all?…

Where the hell is America?s legendary resilience and resolve?

A few crazy threats and everyone just surrenders?

Whether it?s a lone geeky lunatic doing this, or North Korea, the response should be very straightforward: ?We?re releasing this movie, and we?re now going to market and promote it even more enthusiastically than we were planning to.?

That?s the message you send when people hold you to ransom.


…And I would then expect the rest of Hollywood to give Sony its 100% public support, rather than the current self-serving silence. Because if these terrorists ? and that?s what he/she or they are ? succeed, then it may be any other studio next that suffers this fate when they make a film some enemy of America or their company doesn?t like.

Sony knew this was a highly controversial film. Chairman and CEO Michael Lynton?s leaked emails confirm that secret high-level talks were held about it with the State department.

A decision was then made to go ahead.

We also know that Seth Rogen was specifically asked if he would consider doing the movie without Kim Jong-Un being assassinated ? and he said no.

But all this bravado counts for nothing if the moment things get really hot, everyone runs for cover.

Kim Jong-Un is a despicable piece of work, a monstrous dictator who treats his people horrendously and murders anyone who gets in his way or disobeys an order.

On the scale of global tyrants, he?s up there right now with the very worst of them.

If he is in any way connected to these ?9-11 style threats? on America ? and surely the FBI or CIA can work this out soon? ? then President Obama should treat this as a national security threat and act accordingly, or any tin-pot terror group will think they can do this with impunity.

I would also like the President to make a clear and unequivocal statement that America will not tolerate Sony?s 1st Amendment rights being violated in such a grotesque manner. That, after all, is what is being fought over here, right?

If it?s not Kim Jong-Un at all, but just a nerdy, vengeful Sony employee or ex employee acting on his or her own, then he/she should be tracked down with the full power of America?s substantial intelligence forces and brought to justice.

That?s the way you deal with threats.

Not the current humiliating spectacle of the biggest, richest, most powerful entertainment industry on Planet Earth behaving like a terrified, cowardly pygmy.