President Obama said today Sony Pictures made a mistake when it pulled a film depicting an attempted assassination of North Korean dictator/goofball Kim Jong-Un.
Well, Mr. President, from my vantage point, Sony’s bigger mistake was making the film in the first place.
The film and the reaction from North Korea has been the talk of, well, the world. “The Interview” was supposed to be released. It stars Seth Rogen and James Franco and it’s about a plot to kill Kim Jong-Un.
Sony pulled the picture, cancelling its release after North Korea launched a cyber attack in response to the film. Yes, the crazy Stalinists in North Korea were angry.
Why in the world would anyone be surprised? And why would anyone doubt North Korea would respond with a cyber attack that has done considerable damage around the world?
Why, also, wouldn’t Sony have anticipated this kind of unpredictability from the leader of a reclusive state known to do just about anything to make a point?
Obama said American filmmakers shouldn’t be pushed around by nations angry over their work.
That’ a fair point.
But don’t filmmakers have a responsibility to exercise some judgment in choosing the topics — and individuals — they seek to portray?
They made a “comedy” about an attempt to kill a living, breathing leader of a nation that has acted rather dangerously before.
Therein lies Sony’s mistake.