Jon Stewart mocks Sony for their cowardice, and they reckon they didn’t cave

Truth Revolt reports:

Thursday night, Jon Stewart of The Daily Show mocked Sony pictures for canceling the release of their new movie The Interview after North Korea hacked their emails and threatened movie theaters with “9/11 style” attacks.

Stewart gave Sony zero mercy, painting their decision as both cowardly and childish.

“That’s it?,” Stewart asked begrudgingly. “So Kim Jong-Un gets to decide what movies we make?”

Taking that scenario to its logical conclusion, Stewart then suggested that every movie should be titled “World’s Biggest Penis: The Motion Picture” starring Kim Jong-Un.

Stewart then highlighted the absurdity of even taking threats from North Korea seriously.

“For God’s sake, North Korea, that’s what they do,” Stewart said. “They threaten people with hyperbolic language. Why do we fall for that? That’s their hook.”

To underline his point, Stewart rolled a news clip from 2013 announcing Kim Jong-Un’s threat to turn Washington D.C. into a “sea of fire.”

The segment finished with Stewart lamenting why the North Korean dictator would even dislike Hollywood in the first place, because “Hollywood is just like North Korea: everyone is always telling you how great you are, there are billboards everywhere with your face on them, and no one eats.”

For their part Sony doesn’t think they caved at all.

Speaking with CNN’s Fareed Zakaria Friday, Lynton rejected the idea that Sony Entertainment “caved” to cyber-terrorist pressure and suggested that a theater run forThe Interview was still a possibility, which Sony then reinforced by a follow-up statement which said, “It is still our hope that anyone who wants to see this movie will get the opportunity to do so.”

Here’s an excerpt from the exchange (transcript via CNN):

Zakaria: The president says Sony made a mistake in pulling the film. Did you make a mistake?

Lynton: No. I think actually the unfortunate part is, in this instance, the president, the press, and the public are mistaken as to what actually happened. We do not own movie theaters. We can’t determine whether or not a movie will be played in movie theaters.

So, to sort of rehearse for a moment the sequence of events, we experienced the worst cyberattack in American history and persevered for three and a half weeks under enormous stress and enormous difficulty. And all with the effort of trying to keep our business up and running and get this movie out into the public.

When it came to the crucial moment when a threat came out from what was called the GOP at the time, threatening audiences who would go to the movie theaters, the movie theaters came to us one-by-one over the course of a very short period of time – we were completely surprised by it – and announced that they would not carry the movie. At that point in time, we had no alternative but to not proceed with the theatrical release on December 25. […] And that’s all we did.

Zakaria: So you have not caved in your view?

Lynton: We have not caved. We have not given in. We have persevered. And we have not backed down. We have always had every desire to have the American public see this movie.

Cough, cough…yes you did.

 

– Truth Report

 


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  • luke

    According to infowars website, the hackers have made more demands: “Now we want you never let the movie released, distributed or
    leaked in any form of, for instance, DVD or piracy,” the message
    reportedly says. It also says, “And we want everything related to the
    movie, including its trailers, as well as its full version down from any
    website hosting them immediately.“
    http://www.infowars.com/sony-hackers-make-new-demands-this-is-what-happens-when-you-negotiate-with-terrorists/

    • Once you pay a blackmailer…in cash or attention, you always pay the blackmailer.

      never negotiate with terrorists, stand strong and flip them the bird

  • RightofSingapore

    Now If I were a Muslim agitator pushing for Sharia Law I would be quite encouraged by Sony’s actions.

  • Benoni

    Sony should offer to totally bury the movie for $200 million in cold hard cash. They might buy it and then there could be a whole series of movies telling the truth about Kim and killing him off ….which the democratic republic of north korea might like to pre-purchase.

  • intelligentes candida diva

    Yet another “bully” and Jon Stewart calls it all as it really is, I like him.

    I digress
    Intellect is a great aphrodisiac Jon Stewart has it.
    Perhaps those destructive murdering heathens who call themselves a mulitiude of other names ought to get their heads into other educational material besides The Quran then they might find a sexual life beyond rape and paedophilia.

  • intelligentes candida diva

    Come on Sony release the damm movie.
    Dont USA live in a free world not under North Korean bullying dictatorship?

  • JC

    The huge failure here (after the media) was B Obama. As with any Western nation the US has been continually ramping up its security to counter terrorism threats.. mostly at some cost to personal freedom at that. Yet the State security system sat there for what.. 25 days and didn’t approach Sony, didn’t apologise for failing their number one task, didn’t call to say we have your back, didn’t offer to waive liabilities if the film was shown and there was some attack, didn’t go on air within a day to publicly back the company against terrorism from another country.

    What it did do, was nothing and made clear to the American people that they were on their own, there was never any intention to use the security services for any more than an attack dog against BO’s political opponents and to protect just himself. He also made it clear to every failed state and ideology that threats work and cyber warfare wont be countered.

    Sony and the local theatres got the message loud and clear.

    JC

    • LabTested

      Yeah nah. We point out how in nz the left is so quick to blame everything on John key & you have just done the same blaming this on Obama. Its Obamas fault that Sony & the theatres are a bunch of little girls – yeah nah.

  • Nige.

    This will do nothing but embolden the little dictator. They will be regoicing in the streets over this in nth Korea “the day the mighty dear leader made evil america shut up”. Look out. They will already be planning the next move.

    • MaryLou

      They should dump the movie for free download on Youtube or similar. Already they’re not going to make anything out of it, so best remove NK’s chance of further blackmail, and take a stand at the same time.

  • Yeahright

    Now what if they did release the movie and a bomb did go off and killed heaps of people, who would they blame, or being in the big US of A, or would get suied for millions if not billions.

    Damed if you don’t, damned if you do.

  • Vlad

    I’m with Sony on this one, from day one.

    Somebody hacked into their system and wilfully leaked private correspondence between execs, designed to provide maximum clickbait and do maximum damage.

    Amy Pascal the boss of Sony has a dark sense of humour (I like it) and takes the mickey out of Obama and the pouty-lipped trout Angela Jolie.

    So the MSM, the secondary villains in this case, are all over it like hungry hyenas, publishing the juiciest bits and then getting the usual suspects like Al Sharpton to beat their breasts about racism or sexism and every other ism in Sony.

    Then theatres booked to release the movie, no doubt under a barrage of attacks from every activist in town, tell Sony they won’t screen the movie.

    So Sony draws back and looks for Plan B.

    And of course, the hyenas and a bunch of Hollywood toadies then change tack and start attacking Sony for cowardice.

    Where were these me-too heroes when Sony first came under siege?

    Why didn’t Obama say: “I am sure lots of people say funny things about me in their private correspondence, but I stand by the company and we will support it in looking for the source of this attack.”

    Not much media interest in finding the thieves when this first started, but woopsie, it’s North Korea, now let’s all be patriots and wave the flag (but still blame Sony).

    What a bunch of two-faced hypocrites.

  • Thersites

    So they dare not make movies about M**slems, North Korea is too dangerous … let’s have another movie showing how wicked the Nazis were.

  • onelaw4all
  • Goldie

    North Korea had hacked into Sony, finding all manner of really embarrassing and damaging material – dossiers including pay details, personal proclivities, and so on, on every major actor, director, writer and producer in the film industry.
    Sony has made a choice – pull a movie they were probably not going to make much money on, versus making sure that really incriminating and damaging material is not released.

    • twr

      Caving will just encourage repeats, and provide no guarantee that the damaging material is not released.

  • AC

    Its hard to release a movie if nobody is going to play it. Sony can not force cinemas to play films. If they had have prepared to play the film it would have been released; they were not so it had to get pulled. Suspect film will be back once the dust has died down.

    • Pharmachick

      George RR Martin offered to play it in his own theater in (i think) Arizona or New Mexico. There have been other independents come forward and offer to play it. I say 1) Give all the independents that come forward now a cut-price 2-week run to start with and 2) Then release it on Netflix at twice the usual price – I’d buy it just to make a point.

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