A former presidential candidate and leading hollywood actors voice concerns and disappointment at what some are calling ‘an act of war’.
Newt Gingrich, former Republican Speaker of the House, has taken to twitter to share his thoughts regarding Sony’s decision to cancel the showing of The Interview in cinemas across America.
Gingrich wrote that the cancelled release of what has inadvertently become the most eagerly awaited movie release of all time represents a defeat for America in its first cyber war.
No one should kid themselves. With the Sony collapse America has lost its first cyberwar. This is a very very dangerous precedent.
— Newt Gingrich (@newtgingrich) December 17, 2014
Sony took the decision to pull the movie after the alleged hackers said they would carry out a 9/11 style attack on any cinema that would screen The Interview. Gingrich then engaged in a Twitter conversation with actor Rob Lowe, who had compared the decision taken by Sony to pull The Interview to be similar to Britain allowing Nazi Germany to strengthen just before the outbreak of World War 2.
The recent cyber attack on Sony has not only been hugely embarrassing for the corporation, it is also now a highly political, the fall out of which is set to be debated for some time to come.
How America will react to the situation is still far from certain. Earlier today, a source quoted in the New York Times said that officials in the White House were, for the first time, considering accusing publicly North Korea, who are widely suspected of being involved, in some form or another in the attack.
Here’s what other Hollywood stars had to say about the cancelation of The Interview:
Dear Sony Hackers: now that u run Hollywood, I’d also like less romantic comedies, fewer Michael Bay movies and no more Transformers.
— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) December 17, 2014
Wow. Everyone caved. The hackers won. An utter and complete victory for them. Wow. — Rob Lowe (@RobLowe) December 17, 2014
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 17, 2014
. @JuddApatow I agree wholeheartedly. An un-American act of cowardice that validates terrorist actions and sets a terrifying precedent.
— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) December 17, 2014
What do you think about the Sony hacking and the decision to cancel showing The Interview?
Do you think this is an ‘act of war’ as has been described in some sections of the media?
Do you think the hackers should be taken seriously?
What does this say about America’s policy of not negotiating with terrorists?
Let me know in the comments section below.
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