From Hollywood stars to media experts, many people were quick to chime in on President Barack Obama chastising Sony for pulling “The Interview” from theaters in the wake of the recent crippling cyberattack.
Obama sympathized with Sony’s plight during a press conference Friday, but he was firm in his stance that not releasing the Seth Rogen-James Franco comedy following two journalists charged with assassinating North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un was a mistake.
“I am sympathetic to the concerns that they faced … having said all that, yes, I think they made a mistake,” Obama told the nation from the White House at the year-end press conference.
“We cannot have a society in which a dictatorship, in some place, can start imposing censorship here in the United States,” he said. “That’s not who we are. That’s not what America is about.”
Obama’s comments comes days after Hollywood stars such as Rob Lowe, director Judd Apatow, comedian Steve Carell and George Clooney expressed their disappointment in Sony axing the comedy’s Christmas release.
Some tweeters compared Obama’s stance to his 2012 presidential debate. Others pointed out the president’s preference of answering questions from female reporters.
Here’s what else social media had to say:
— E! Online (@eonline) December 19, 2014
Right now the President is asking to see The Interview for important governmental purposes but he really just wants to see it for fun.
— Judd Apatow (@JuddApatow) December 19, 2014
Actor John Cho
Loving Obama’s remarks on Sony hack. Confident, clear headed. Boss.
— John Cho (@JohnTheCho) December 19, 2014
see how newsy press conferences can be when women ask the questions? — gwen ifill (@gwenifill) December 19, 2014
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) December 19, 2014
Say hello again to the Obama from the first 2012 debate. — Farhad Manjoo (@fmanjoo) December 19, 2014
— Arsenio Hall (@ArsenioHall) December 18, 2014
Obama knocked it out of the park on Sony and the hack. And James Franco’s new nickname.
before the north korea/sony hacking imbroglio i didn’t know anyone who wanted to see #TheInterview. now everyone i know will watch it.
— moby Ⓥ (@thelittleidiot) December 19, 2014
— Husain Sumra (@hsumra) December 19, 2014