Actor Sean Penn argued that a boycott of the distributors of “The Interview” “should be considered” to support “free speech and free thinking” on Friday’s “Hardball” on MSNBC.
“We have to realize that this is a genuine emergency, this is the popularization of cyber war and it requires an alternate threshold on the thinking and the language that we use. So I think that when representatives of Sony deny that they pulled the film and put it on distributors, that it’s really, it’s not recognizing the same responsibility a parent has to drive the show, on response when something threatens their child. In this case, it doesn’t matter whether it’s an individual, a government, or a company, the response of Sony should have been to immediately say, we’ll make our apologies later and we’re putting it online open and free for the to see. So I would say that it would be a cop-out for Sony to hide behind the distributors. On the other hand, the distributors themselves [should be] boycotted by all the studios, and I think that should be considered, that all the studios [should say] ‘we won’t put any films out until you’re ready to distribute the films that are made through free speech and free thinking'” he stated.
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