Did Hollywood Hang Sony Out to Dry? Clooney Says Yes

There's a lot of criticism going around about Sony's reaction to the threats from North Korea and the hacking attack that stemmed from the movie "The Interview." Although I have to agree with those who feel that it is a terrible precedent to set to cancel screenings, i.e. engage in censorship, as a response to threats... I also understand how overwhelming this situation was for Sony - a company not accustomed to or equipped to deal with threats from foreign governments. However, I think from the beginning they should have worked way more closely with government entities who do have experience with that and could help them deal with it, not just bow out. Government assistance aside, now there's the question of whether Hollywood as a whole did enough to support Sony at this time. According to the New York Daily News, George Clooney is saying that Hollywood hung Sony out to dry. According to the Daily News, in a Deadline interview "Clooney lashed out at Hollywood bigwigs, revealing he and his agent circulated a petition backing Sony to the top honchos in movies, TV and music, but not one person agreed to sign it. In the petition, Clooney wrote that the participants would "fully support Sony's decision not to submit to these hackers' demands" and refuse to "stand in fear" until the hackers were brought to justice." He said it went to a lot of people, including high-ups. The Daily News quotes him: "All that it is basically saying is, we're not going to give in to a ransom. (...) As we watched one group be completely vilified, nobody stood up. Nobody took that stand." Mostly, he said because of fear of retribution and embarrassment. In the interview, Clooney explained exactly why he thinks it's important that the movie be seen: "Stick it online. Do whatever you can to get this movie out," Clooney told Deadline. "Not because everybody has to see the movie, but because I'm not going to be told we can't see the movie. That's the most important part," he said. "We cannot be told we can't see something by Kim Jong-un, of all f*cking people." What do you think? Is it a big deal to get the movie out? Should Hollywood have done more to support Sony? Would it have made a difference?

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