By Jim Melwert, Nicole Brewer
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Sony Pictures has canceled the upcoming release of its controversial comedy “The Interview” amid growing studio concerns.
The movie studio was the target of a massive date breach that the federal government has now connected to North Korea.
People around the Philadelphia area are expressing differing views with Sony’s decision to pull the film.
“I understand its for the safety of the people.”
“I think it would get us involved in more political turmoil that we don’t really need right now.”
“Whenever you’re forced to do something out of fear it’s just an unfortunate situation.”
Hila Rosenberg says she agrees it sends the wrong message:
“I can see from their perspective why they’ve chosen to, but I would have preferred that they not pull it under the circumstances.”
Dan Messina disagrees with the choice to pull the plug. He says this is bigger than just a movie at this point:
“It’s not just a matter of what Sony bows to. It’s a matter of what the United States is bowing to right now. It’s pretty clear this came from North Korea. It’s pretty clear the threat they’re making. They use a term like 9/11, and for us to sit back and let them do this, to me, is significant.”
He says while he understands killing a dictator in a movie is a sensitive topic, he feels it was clearly done in a comedic way.
Another person points out the irony:
“It’s a comedy about a dictator who’s kind of a bully, and to back down from that kind of pressure, I think, sends the wrong message.”
Others say, in support of the decision, it’s political turmoil we don’t need right now.
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