Sony CEO Replies Obama- We did not back down or Give in

Sony CEO Replies Obama- We did not back down or Give in

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Sony Pictures CEO Michael Lynton breaks his silence to address President Obama‘s comments about the studio’s decision to cancel the release of The
“We have not caved, we have not given in, we have not backed down,” the 54-year-old Sony exec shared to CNN.
He added, “I think the unfortunate part is… The President, the press, and the public are mistaken as to what actually happened. We do not own movie theaters. We cannot decide what will be played in movie theaters.”

Earlier,President Obama has declared that Sony made a mistake in puling The Interview from theaters after threats from North Korean cyber terrorists.
“Sony’s a corporation that suffered significant damage, there were threats against its employees,” Obama said during the Q&A session of his year-end news conference with the White House press corps Friday.
“I am sympathetic to the concerns that they faced, but having said all that, yes, I think they made a mistake.”
The president said he wished “they’d spoken to me first,” before making the call to pull release of the comedy, which features Seth Rogen and James Franco as hapless reporters recruited to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Obama feels that Sony set a bad precedent by caving into the hackers’ threats, which included ambiguous plans to attack theaters showing the film on Christmas day.
He blasted Sony’s decision saying that “imagine if producers and distributors and others started 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’s about.”

“Let’s not get into that way of doing business,” the president said.
Obama even made light of the fact that the North Korean dictator could be so offended over a movie that starred the same guys who gave us This Is The End and Pineapple Express.
“It says something interesting about North Korea that the country launched an assault because of a satirical movie staring Seth Rogen and James Franco!”

source Just jared and Rumour Fix

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