During his end-of-year address, US President Barack Obama spoke about Sony’s decision to pull The Interview from cinemas following threats from hacker group Guardians of Peace. Obama considers the move “a mistake”.
“We cannot have a society in which some dictator someplace can start imposing censorship here in the United States,” President Obama said. “If somebody is able to intimidate folks out of releasing a satirical movie, imagine what they start doing if they see a documentary they don’t like or news reports they don’t like. Or even worse, imagine if producers or distributors start engaging in self-censorship because they don’t want to offend the sensibilities of someone whose sensibilities probably need to be offended. That’s not who we are. That’s not what America’s about.”
Obama also had a dig at North Korea. He quipped, “it says something interesting about North Korea that it decided to have the state mount an all-out assault against a satirical film starring Seth Rogen.”