President Barack Obama Thinks Sony Made A Mistake By Pulling 'The Interview' From Theaters
President Barack Obama thinks Sony Pictures Entertainment made a grave mistake by pulling their controversial film, The Interview, from theaters ahead of its Christmas day release date. The leader of the free world expressed his sentiments in a year-end press conference (Dec. 19), where he addressed the matter. “We cannot have a society in which some dictator someplace can start imposing censorship here in the United States,” he said. “Because if somebody is able to intimidate folks out of releasing a satirical movie, imagine what they start doing when they see a documentary that they don’t like, or a news report that they don’t like — or even worse, imagine if producers and distributors and others start engaging in self-censorship because they don’t want to offend the sensibilities of somebody whose sensibilities probably need to be offended. That’s not who we are. That’s not what America is about." He then continued, "Sony's a corporation. It suffered significant damage. There were threats against some of its employees. I am sympathetic to the concerns that they faced. Having said all that, yes, I think they made a mistake." After receiving threats of 9/11 style attacks from the entertainment company's cyber hackers, the multi-billion dollar corporation decided to pull the plug indefinitely. Reports have also surfaced that the FBI believes North Korea was behind the failure of this reel, which depicted their leader, Kim Jong-un, as the target of an assassination. In a statement released by the governmental bureau, they believe the country's actions "were intended to inflict significant harm on a U.S. business and suppress the right of American citizens to express themselves. Such acts of intimidation fall outside the bounds of acceptable state behavior.” The FBI's findings also prompted a response from Obama who expressed that the U.S. will indeed respond to North Korea at a place and time that best suits America's administration. Watch his response above.