Hollywood Outraged at Sony’s Decision to Dump ‘The Interview’

Rob Lowe, Judd Apatow and Michael Moore are among those who take to Twitter to express their outrage

Hollywood’s creative community was outraged at Sony’s decision to yank the release of “The Interview” as actors, directors, writers and other celebrities took to social media to express themselves.

“Damn. Bad guys won,” tweeted Mia Farrow  in a comment virtually echoed by actor Rob Lowe, who wrote: “Everyone caved. The hackers won.”

Jimmy Kimmel called it “an act of cowardice.”

“The West Wing” and “The Newsroom” creator Aaron Sorkin also released a statement, saying in part, “The wishes of the terrorists were fulfilled in part by easily distracted members of the American press who chose gossip and schadenfreude-fueled reporting over a story with immeasurable consequences for the public–a story that was developing right in front of their eyes.”

“I think it is disgraceful that these theaters are not showing ‘The Interview,'” said director and frequent Seth Rogen collaborator, Judd Apatow“>Judd Apatow. “Will they pull any movie that gets an anonymous threat now?”

Director Joe Carnahan tweeted angrily: “This capitulation will reverberate across the expanse of the business for years & years to come. It’s the worst kind of Catch-22 imaginable.”

Still, others were dubious.

“I’ll be honest with you, this whole ‘The Interview’ controversy is a publicity stunt,” comedian Colin Quinn added.

Here are the initial reactions.

“Today the U.S. succumbed to an unprecedented attack on our most cherished, bedrock principle of free speech by a group of North Korean terrorists who threatened to kill moviegoers in order to stop the release of a movie. The wishes of the terrorists were fulfilled in part by easily distracted members of the American press who chose gossip and schadenfreude-fueled reporting over a story with immeasurable consequences for the public–a story that was developing right in front of their eyes. My deepest sympathies go out to Sony Pictures, Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and everyone who worked on ‘The Interview.’ ” — Aaron Sorkin

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