Alex Yarde is troubled by the move to not show The Interview Movie.
I just tweeted this- @thatalexyarde: Moviegoers, If you don’t go see our campy stoner comedy #TheInterviewMovie the terrorist wins! #SonyHack
Not five minutes later Variety broke this story—
— Variety (@Variety) December 17, 2014
So I’m of mixed feelings about this. Are we allowing a small group of malcontents to dictate and censor us? Where will this end? If another film is targeted as being offensive to some groups sensibilities will we kowtow then? On the flip side, no one wants to be the major theater chain that showed the film and incur the wrath of some attack by deranged individuals. Again, it’s a stoner comedy about CIA assassination which in light of recent probes into torture and the CIA’s real life attempts on the lives of Fidel Castro and other figures is more than a bit in bad taste—but Art has the right to be tasteless.
Wouldn’t it be amazing if this silly stoner comedy #TheInterviewMovie sparked a debate about censorship, terrorism and free speech? Recent events in Sydney proved that a measured response and a decidedly non-sensationalist view of the hostage crisis that sparked the hashtag #SydneySiege were appropriate in order to not feed the fear of the populace. There was an almost immediate triggering of the #illridewithyou hashtag on social media for Aussies showing solidarity with Muslim citizens. This is the response I’d hope we could muster here in the United States.
What are your thoughts?