Debating the off-again, on-again ‘Interview’ – Washington Post

Posted: Wednesday, December 24, 2014

The reason North Korea objects to the movie “The Interview” was mentioned in only one sentence in the Dec. 18 front-page article “Threats by hackers derail release of Sony’s ‘Interview’ ”: “[T]he Seth Rogen and James Franco comedy . . . ends with the killing of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un .”

How would England or Israel react to a sophomoric, obscenity-laced movie about two buffoons assassinating Queen Elizabeth II or Benjamin Netanyahu? With a good-natured, boys-will-be-boys attitude?

This movie depicts Mr. Kim as a Korean “other,” not worthy of treatment as a human being — an attitude that smacks of racism.

I don’t know what reasoning led the producers to make a movie about the murder of a living head of state, but they deserve to lose every penny they put into it.

Katharine Stephens, University Park

I disagree with President Obama — and just about everyone else — that pulling the plug on “The Interview” was a “mistake” [“Obama slams Sony decision to pull movie,” front page, Dec. 20].

The Declaration of Independence speaks of “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,” in that order, the former being the predicate upon which the other two rights, later expounded upon as “freedoms,” are based and dependent.

Given the death threats against Sony Pictures employees and holiday moviegoers, what the studio (or the theater owners; take your pick) planned to do was correct. Had Mr. Obama had his thinking cap on when answering that question at his news conference, the former law professor would have come to the same conclusion.

Karen Ann DeLuca, Alexandria

Caving in to North Korea is un-American and an outrage.

In his Dec. 19 op-ed column, “The price of caving in to North Korea,” Fareed Zakaria referenced a Danish cartoon’s offensive depiction of the prophet Muhammad. During that controversy, I wondered why every newspaper in the world did not run that cartoon in solidarity.

We should not allow the North Koreans to dictate American behavior.

Marc Chafetz, Washington

The Dec. 19 editorial “Mr. Kim’s warning shot” noted that “Congress has tried but failed to approve legislation that would have allowed the federal government to work more closely with the private sector to protect corporate networks.” It is time to view such cyberterrorism as a national threat, not something individual companies or institutions must defend against on their own. We have a Navy to protect America’s sea lanes for commerce. We don’t ask U.S. companies to build and operate their own warships to protect the container ships that carry their goods. Why should they have to fight off hackers on their own?

It is ironic that the institutions too many Americans have vilified lately — the National Security Agency, the CIA, etc. — are really our best hope for protecting our modern way of life. The adversarial relationship between the private sector and our government has to end. Nation-state enemies who are trying to loot us, silence us and shut off our electricity seem to get along quite well with their own cyberwarriors.

Robert J. Brudno, Washington

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