So make an anonymous threat and invoke the words 9/11, and everyone loses their collective shit and utterly capitulates to your demands.
Sony Pictures Entertainment’s extraordinary decision to scrap the Christmas release of “The Interview” came amid mounting pressure from powerful theater owners and other studios concerned that the film’s release could keep moviegoers away from multiplexes during the holidays, one of the most lucrative periods for Hollywood.
The action came as U.S. intelligence officials confirmed widespread speculation that the North Korean government was behind the devastating cyberattack, which has hobbled Sony Pictures and spread fear throughout the entertainment industry. “The Interview” depicts the fictional assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
Federal investigators began briefing some legislators that the rogue state gave the order to raid Sony’s computer system, leading to a massive leak of sensitive data, including emails, financial documents and even the salaries of Sony’s top executives.
The U.S. government takes “very seriously any attempt to threaten or limit artists’ freedom of speech or of expression,” and it’s “considering a range of options in weighing a potential response” to the cyberattack, a National Security Council spokeswoman said in a Wednesday night statement.
The fast-moving events that led to Sony yanking the film across the country came after the nation’s top theater chains decided to cancel screenings following threats of violence against theater-goers by Guardians of Peace, the hacking group that has claimed responsibility for the attack.
Even now, 13 years later, after empowering torturers, after bombing the hell out of a country that had nothing to do with 9/11, after letting the government read our emails, we still have no idea how to respond to terrorist threats.
I really do shudder to think of what America will look like if there’s another terrorist attack on our nation.