Congressman Offers to Screen ‘The Interview’ in Capitol Facilities

The Interview Hacking

“The Interview” is gaining supporters.

In a letter sent on Monday to Sony CEO Michael Lynton, Congressman Brad Sherman (D-Calif.) offered to screen the film in Capitol facilities. Sherman, also chairman of the Entertainment Industries Caucus, wrote that threats from North Korea should not stop Americans from seeing any movie. “We have a responsibility to stand up against these attempts at intimidation,” he wrote.

“Screening ‘The Interview’ will demonstrate the U.S. Congress’s support of the freedom of speech. This is about our right to live without fear, and knowing that our values will not be compromised by the idle threats of a despotic regime. Good or bad, Americans should not be deprived of the opportunity to see this movie.”

He continued, “It is now the responsibility of the U.S. government to allocate the necessary resources to ensure moviegoers’ safety. We must help Sony Pictures, movie theater owners, and moviegoers regain the confidence to go see ‘The Interview.'”

Revising its stand Sunday, Sony said the decision to pull the Christmas Day release of the movie came only after theater owners declined to show it, and that the company has only delayed the movie’s release.

“Sony has been fighting to get this picture distributed. It will be distributed,” Sony lawyer David Boies said on Sunday. “How it’s going to be distributed, I don’t think anybody knows quite yet. But it’s going to be distributed.”

Congressman Sherman is not alone in supporting “The Interview.”

“Game of Thrones” writer George R.R. Martin has written on his personal blog about the outrage he felt after exhibitors declined to show the movie, and offered his own theater, the Jean Cocteau Cinema in Santa Fe, New Mexico, should Sony release it.

“There are thousands of small independent theaters across the country, like my own, that would gladly screen ‘The Interview,’ regardless of the threats from North Korea,” Martin wrote. “It astonishes me that a major Hollywood film could be killed before release by threats from a foreign power and anonymous hackers.”

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  1. John Shea says:

    A very good idea! Though Sony should not have suppressed their movie, the Government did fail them somewhat. Terrorism is a matter primarily for governments. The US Government should have ADVISED (not ordered) Sony on what to do or not do, whether Sony sought advice or not. No private individual or organization should have to face terrorism by themselves.

    Neither should legal liability influence ANY decisions, much less dictate them. Cowards who sue to profit from terrorism should be jailed, not rewarded. Likewise their lawyers. If needs be, the law should be changed to absolve Sony and theater owners and others of all liability if terrorists attack their patrons. Paying ransoms to terrorists is illegal in some countries, yet censoring our movies at the behest of terrorists is much worse.

    Bravo to Congressman Sherman!

  2. djsmooth14 says:

    Reblogged this on djsmooth14 and commented:
    Why is he airing a movie at a facility that we the tax payers pay for. Why don’t he rent out a movie theater with all that money that he makes off us taxpayer on his own personal time. This is his personal time and let the other Congressmen use the Government facility to work legally in. Or better yet they can watch it at Sony and please don’t waste tax payer money time and money for his own personal agenda by hiring security. Chicken ha ha ha he to scared to air the movie on a non government facility:) I don’t agree with watching a movie that is about taking someone life. No matter who it is. Government would never waste our tax payers money to air a movie that is so unethical as this:) Only Congressman Brad. Which shouldn’t be the Congressman representing California after today.:)

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